The month of Radeon R7 250 giveaways continues! Last week we chose three winners for a stack of MSI Radeon R7 250s, and this week AMD is giving us three more - this time courtesy of PowerColor - to give away.

Lately there's been a lot of excitement around value video cards. Part of it is due to the simple fact that for low resolution gaming, you can generally approximate the experience of a modern game console with fairly low end hardware. 

Late last year AMD announced its Radeon R7 250, an Oland based part priced at $89 for the value discrete market. The R7 250 also serves as an interesting Dual Graphics/CrossFire option for Kaveri users looking to increase the performance of their processor graphics. 

AMD wants to give a bunch of these R7 250s away to users who can really use them. This week we're giving away three Radeon R7 250s from MSI to three lucky readers.

Here's the deal. To enter, simply post a comment below (US residents only, please only make a single post, contest requirements below) explaining your current PC setup and why you want, or need to win a Radeon R7 250. What I'm looking for here is an understanding of what your current system configuration is, why the Radeon R7 250 matters you and how you'd use it. Make your entries good as they may come in handy for some other stuff we've got planned in the future. If your entry from last time still applies, feel free to re-use it.

If you win, AMD wants your feedback on the GPU after you get it. You'll be asked to provide a short review (a paragraph or two, or video if you'd like) talking about your experience with the card. Do a good job and your feedback may even be featured on AnandTech.

AMD Radeon R7 250 Specifications
  AMD Radeon R7 250
Stream Processors 384
Texture Units 24
ROPs 8
Core Clock 1000MHz
Boost Clock 1050MHz
Memory Clock 4.6GHz GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 128-bit
FP64 1/16
TrueAudio N
Transistor Count N/A
Typical Board Power 65W
Manufacturing Process TSMC 28nm
Architecture GCN 1.0
GPU Oland
Launch Date 10/11/13
Launch Price $89


Entries will be accepted from 2:00 PM ET on 3/21/2014 through 2:00 PM ET on 3/26/2014. We will draw 3 winner(s) who will be selected by 3/27/2014.

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  • nathanddrews - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    Meh, whatever. Reply
  • invinciblegod - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    My current PC setup is a small computer I made using an Ivy Bridge Celeron chip on a mini-ITX board that cost $50 from Foxconn. These are stuffed into a Bitfenix chassis with a salvaged 2.5” hdd. This replaced my old Asus G50 gaming laptop which throttled any time I wanted to play a game and finally died last year, most likely because of the heat. This computer works fine for most basic tasks. However, playing any modern game on this is a chore. Everything is extremely slow as I found out. This was not the original plan.

    Gaming has always been something I loved. Back in my high school days, I saved up money to get an AIW 9800 Pro. It was a revelation. When before I could barely play any game, I was now able to play Warcraft 3 at maximum settings. Never before has any game shown so much detail, so much design, so much energy. Not only that, I chose that video card because of all the bonus features it offered such as TV recording and video input. My gaming habits only grew from there. In college, I met with many people who share the same passion for games as I do. We regularly play various games together then. Games such as World of Warcraft, Warcraft 3, Left 4 Dead, and Diablo II. Even now, we still play those games together. I can even play decently! Or I should say I could since the low frame rates make any semblance of skill a coincidence.

    The original plan was to buy a brand new Razer gaming notebook. This would future proof me for any games that my friends and I will move on to. Unfortunately, the money set aside for this had to be used for an unforeseen expense. The expense was entirely my fault but nevertheless, with my laptop on its last legs I needed a new computer, for without one, I would be unable to work. As for why I didn’t get another laptop, the price along would have prevented it. Instead, I just decided to use what little budget I had on a cheap computer that I can at least conceivably upgrade in the future. And upgrading it is needed for my friends are now moving beyond Left 4 Dead and World of Warcraft for newer better games that will never be able to play on integrated graphics. Games like the wonderful mechs of Titanfall or the majestic locales of Final Fantasy XIV. So please, I ask you to send me the R250 so that I can continue my adventures with my friends in the newest locales we can venture.
  • thepowerofdonuts - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    I'm still on HD4000 Reply
  • danjw - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    I could sure that a new graphics card in my system! Reply
  • ianreese - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    I need an upgrade Reply
  • anthony279 - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    I'm Hrere to win! Reply
  • insanex1 - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    the R7 is mine. Reply
  • zcat - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    In the summer of 2012 I built a beefy core i7-3770S mini-itx PC w/ 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and two HDDs in RAID1. I've been using the on-board intel HD4000 video exclusively, because I don't game much being a Linux desktop user. However, with Valve's Steam picking up... steam, these last few months, I've been seriously considering upgrading to a low-wattage video card like this one from AMD, both because it's under the PCI-E watt limit of 75W, so I won't need to upgrade the powersupply, and because AMD's still a better bang/buck VS the NVidia alternatives. Reply
  • max40watt - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    I think I'll go with the same comment that I had in the prior two giveaways. That is, I've recently rebuilt my NES PC (a lovely little HTPC inside of a classic NES), moving from a power sipping e350 to a new and shiny 7850k. Although a huge step up, I'd actually like a bit more. It would be nice to be comparable or even a bit higher in graphical fidelity than the new PS4 and Xbox one, and a crossfired r7 250 would hopefully get me there.

    As I said in the prior posts, I'd be happy to share my observations with AMD and I would be delighted to put up an artile on anandtech showing the NES PC, its build and how it was performing.
  • chartiet - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    Personal config is 8320 @ 4.7 w/ 780 Classy. Kids need an upgrade from my older hand-me-down hardware. Reply

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