PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card Review

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Temperature & Noise Testing

Temperatures are important to enthusiasts and gamers, so we took a bit of time and did some temperature testing on the PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB card.

PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB Temps:

250x-idle

load-temp

The PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB video card had a GPU temperature of 25C at idle and 58C at load when gaming. GPU-Z doesn’t show the fan speed in RPM for some reason, but it did show the fan went from 21% at idle to 31% when gaming.

temp-testing

The PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB video card was in the middle of the pack when it came to temperatures.

Sound Testing

We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

noise-testing

The PowerColor Radeon R7 250X has just one fan and it is fairly loud. In fact, this card was the second loudest of the eight that we have recently tested when gaming! The PowerColor Radeon R7 250X doesn’t sound like a leaf blower, but you you will most certainly hear it in a silent room if you don’t have any loud case fans. With a gaming headset on we couldn’t hear this card when it was installed into a PC case, so while the noise level looks bad on the chart, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker for anyone.

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