AMD has just released a cheap option for those who want to create a cheap as chips gaming machine.
The Radeon R7 250X graphics card has just been released and AMD claims it offers 1080p competitive gaming for under $100.
Graphics cards based on Radeon R7 250X will be available from AMD's partners starting today.
OK it is probably pushing it to claim "1080p competitive gaming" but it does seem to manage 40 frames per second on games like Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts -- at least if you believe the AMD video.
Specs for the R7 250X include either 1GB or 2GB of VRAM at 4.5 GHz, 640 stream processors, 40 texture units, and 16 ROPs.
It's better than AMD's R7 250, which is $10 cheaper, though the typical R7 250X card will consume nearly 50 percent more power at 95W.
However it still might not be the great deal which it appears. The R7 250X is a pimped up version of AMD's two year-old Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition card and it can't do AMD's TrueAudio technology.
It can manage the Mantle API, which helps boost game performance through software optimisations.
Nvidia is supposed to be launching cards based on its new Maxwell architecture soon, you may want to wait a little bit longer.