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  • t_yamamoto - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I am in! Reply
  • abbeytim - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    me 2 :D Reply
  • toki5 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • Renagade - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    im in Reply
  • quadrivial - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm also in. Reply
  • grantdesrosiers - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    In! This would be nice. Reply
  • arnavvdesai - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Hope to win! Reply
  • paigemont - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • pork420 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    i want this :) Reply
  • landerf - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    derp Reply
  • Angrychair - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I could use one of these for my workstation. It currently has radeon 4850 and a core2duo running 4GB of RAM. The workstation is mostly used for normal work, but I do indulge in a game or two on it. Reply
  • ajacord - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Could really use this to replace X1950 Pro 256mb Reply
  • Egg - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    My Radeon 6570 isn't much faster than the integrated graphics today. Could use an upgrade Reply
  • Naris17 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I'd love to be able to make a Kaveri Mini-ITX build, and being able to play with the the hybrid graphics would be a fun challenge to build. Reply
  • reckert - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I have a few systems, this would match most closely with my need to upgrade my Core I5 2500K 3.3 Ghz machine with a 5xxxx series GPU. I would then move the 5xxx GPU into my HTPC which is sporting a Radeon 4350 fanless gpu which does not allow me to play games on the HTPC. Reply
  • Static_FX - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    ASUS P5Q Pro Core2Duo E8500
    XFX Radeon 6870
    8GB ram
    Win 8.1

    would love to upgrade!.. every little bit counts!! Want to get the best frames I can for Titanfall! (planning on CPU/MB upgrade sometime soon) This would be cheap enough to do Crossfire too :)
    Reply
  • Flunk - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    A 250 is actually slower than a 6870.

    -This is not an entry.
    Reply
  • Rekoj - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I want to win because cake. Reply
  • robbertbobbertson - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Please enter me, looking forward to it Reply
  • TheExplorer - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Enter me please!

    I have a big desktop, but I am planning/thinking about a small HTPC, and this would be perfect!
    Reply
  • subliminalaffect - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    gimme Reply
  • kosjet - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    My current desktop configuration is a Core i5 2500k with an AMD Radeon 3850. I do moderate gaming with turn based strategy games like Civ or racing games like Grid 2 and the old Radeon is having a tough time keeping up to the full 1900x1200 resolution of my monitor. I do also have power concerns as I have a 430W power supply and don't want to spend even more upgrading the power supply as well. A moderate card with a good power envelope like the R7 250 would be a good fit for my situation. Thank you. Reply
  • extide - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    You would actually be fine running all but the very top end cards. Even a 280X would be fine on that psu.

    (My post should not be considered an entry)
    Reply
  • cyberxspeed - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Current PC:
    i7 4770k
    8GB DDR3 1600 RAM
    ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150
    Radeon HD 6850

    My video card is the only upgrade I care for. Playing current game titles has been putting major stress on my 6850
    Reply
  • vegasdave2k - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I've never owned or even used a discrete graphics card! I'd love to lose my virginity with this one! I'm in the middle of a build too! Reply
  • Wankie - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Giveaways are awesome! Reply
  • Ma Deuce - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    sooper Reply
  • wurizen - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    i could use of these. Reply
  • asdfljadsflkj - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I would like to win! Reply
  • mojothehut - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Oh I would love to add this to my FX rig! Reply
  • Jionix - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I have an aging HD 4830 in my main desktop rig, and I really could use an upgrade to something modern! I like the idea of a low power, efficient graphics card that will allow me to game on my modest monitor, and the R7 250 would be perfect as I only put AMD graphics in my machines! Reply
  • capawesome9870 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    i need a low power GPU for my parents computer Reply
  • MrCommunistGen - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I'm currently running my HTPC with a Phenom II X4 940 (cannibalized from my previous gaming rig) utilizing the motherboard graphics from the 785G chipset. Until recently I was using a passively cooled HD4650 but the card recently burned out and I was forced to revert to the onboard motherboard graphics.

    I watch local content through XBMC and also stream through Netflix and Amazon. Now that the system is running with onboard graphics it just isn't quite fast enough to provide a seamless viewing experience. Playback stutters at least a little on most HD content, but when watching Amazon's higher bitrate HD streams it becomes unwatchable.

    With the addition of a Radeon R7 250 I'd once again have a powerful enough hardware video decode system to fully enjoy my HTPC again.
    Reply
  • Guwapo77 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Hook a brotha up! Reply
  • alwaystipsy - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Thanks Anand! Reply
  • qnetjoe - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I have a q6600 build with a radeon 4770 and I want to upgrade it with a R250 so I can get current driver support and lower how much it consumes Reply
  • asuglax - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Yes, please Reply
  • dylan522p - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I want it so I can put it in my HTPC and maybe I could actually run more demanding stuff on it instead of the limitations I have because of the old iGPU the CPU came with. Reply
  • Lpf3420 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I need a new video card and love anand Reply
  • FrostedBirdz - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I am in, this would definitely help since I'm using the i5 3570k for gfx atm. Reply
  • mmp121 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Wish me luck! Reply
  • dlochinski - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I currently have a a10-7850k mITX build, and I believe the r7 250 is the card you would want to crossfire with. Would love to do that! Reply
  • musicmad135 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I've got a budget desktop with an AMD APU (A8-5600K) and no video card. Now and then I take some time to game, but on more resource intensive games, I can't play on more than the low to mid settings. I'd really like to have a video card to fill the missing part of my build, and generally make using my computer more enjoyable. Reply
  • Ranari - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Sign me up! I would love to use this in my new HTPC. Reply
  • ultra-m-a-n - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Count me in!

    I would love to review one of these cards!
    Reply
  • grayj79 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Ill take it! Reply
  • SingeMagique - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I've been running an A6-3670k APU in my HTPC since 2011. I love it for video and music, but it definitely lacks in its ability to run current generation games. I would use the r7 250 to breath new life into my HTPC and enjoy some new games in the living room. Reply
  • darkboyex - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    You will be mine. Reply
  • Sonny Prince - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I'm currently on an AMD 3700 with a gig of OCZ Platinum ddr 600 ram and a 7800 GT video card. I've needed to upgrade for years but just couldn't as I had more important things to take care of first. I'm finally about to build my new system in the next week or two and this card would really help out. Reply
  • Alandovos - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Oh this time it will be mine! Reply
  • casetronic - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I can really use this! Reply
  • strahd13 - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Count me in Reply
  • chrix - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I could use this! Reply
  • BrownSound - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Sure why not Reply
  • cherrybombaz - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Hi Reply
  • ShirowShadow - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Yet another chance to get something Reply
  • seratne - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    In. Hopeful replacement for my htpc/gaming system. Reply
  • mtwardochleb - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I have an old 9600GT in my system currently and would like to play Dota 2 at higher settings, but the extra compute may also be useful for parallel algorithms as I enter upper division computer science education. Reply
  • bunsenbunner - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Do want Reply
  • Muyoso - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Awesome. Thanks Anandtech and AMD. Reply
  • kowalabearhugs - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Make my work box double as a Boinc box Reply
  • Mugwai - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    Sounds good, count me in. Reply
  • Rob94hawk - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    !esaelp eno ekat ll'I Reply
  • Bebsman - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I am looking to build a computer to replace my aged gaming rig. My GeForce 8800 GTX works, but is definately showing it's age Reply
  • IeraseU - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I would love to build a PC for my Mum, who would use it mostly for entertainment (videos, internet browsing) and plays casual games such as The Sims. I think this card would be ideal. Reply
  • Thestrider - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    in Reply
  • papajohn - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    wife is using a pc i built for her several years ago with a Phenom II 955. She uses it to edit family photos and videos using IGP. This R7 250 will go well with her system for some GPU power editing 1080pm videos etc. Reply
  • dtolios - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    I'am in! Reply
  • CSbeer - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'd use it to build around for my brother's new build which is replacing an decade old system. I'm actually thinking of pairing that with an APU; I have a LLano HP notebook that runs with a dgpu and results have been a mixed bag. I am curious what the latest iteration would do. Reply
  • andysexton - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Me! Reply
  • dhw03 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would make my day! Reply
  • tone-alone - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'll take one, please... Reply
  • thepowerofdonuts - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm still running an HD4850 Reply
  • auzn - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am in Reply
  • Mugwai - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm still rocking a 5670 512mb soooo in need of an upgrade. I'm also considering a Kaveri crossfire combo down the line. Reply
  • ItsMeZed72 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Nice little card :) Reply
  • latenightdog - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would be great for my system that uses the Intel imbeded video in the 2500k processor. This system is not only my computer, but my television with a 24" screen, and a my DVR with HD Homerun tuners. The 24 inch screen is a little demanding on the Intel 3000 gpu especially with blu-ray discs. Reply
  • Adam Turney - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am working on a new min-ITX build. Although this wouldn't be a major upgrade from my current GPU, it does generate significantly less heat and that is important when going with a smaller build.

    Current Build
    AMD Athlon II X4 630 @ 3.4Ghz
    16 GB DDR3-1600 Mhz RAM
    AMD Radeon 6670 w/1 GB GPU
    ...and an SSD with a couple HDD
    Reply
  • slinkyb - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm still using a geforce 7 era card, which means for the latest titles, I won't be able to play at an acceptable framerate even at lowest settings. The R7 250 would come in handy because it would be able to handle these newer titles at reasonable settings while having a power requirement that my PSU would be able to handle. Reply
  • AlmightyPants - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I presently have a 5 year old computer with a Geforce GTX 560 Ti that has a fan dying on it in the most noisy way imaginable. Sitting idle it's audible from across the house. Anything would be an upgrade from this noisy hell that I'm enduring. Reply
  • Renagade - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    im in Reply
  • chris2424 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I like! Reply
  • elpidio - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Good luck everyone! Reply
  • rt47luck? - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Why do we do this? Reply
  • jensend - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current setup is a small form factor system with a 65W Trinity A6, no discrete graphics, and a low-wattage PSU.

    I'd be interested in better graphics for gaming, but any GPU which requires an additional power connector is out of the question- my PSU doesn't provide such a connector, the 12V amperage would exceed what the PSU is capable of, and even if I replaced the PSU with a 350W+ SFX unit, cooling the PSU and the card would push the thermal limitations of the case.

    The R7 250 is low-wattage enough and cool enough to work in this system, and the upgrade would make a large difference for gaming (from the benchmarks I see, it looks like the R7 250 is a little over 3x as fast).

    Later this year I might replace my current motherboard and CPU and get the A8-7600. If I do that, using the R7 250 for dual graphics could give me a further boost.
    Reply
  • broxh - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In for one Reply
  • cipsaz - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Cannot pass this. Reply
  • manicas - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Made it ;D Reply
  • Bdad - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Building a system for a grandchild. Web surfing, light gaming and school work. This would be a good fit. Reply
  • takeship - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • etamin - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm running a Trinity A8-5600K on dual 1080p monitors (mostly for work). I play some casual RTS games on it but could use a little boost with the R7 250. It would also help offload some TDP when I get a third monitor since the cooler is pretty weak. Sign me up! Reply
  • crappycrap - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    me too! Reply
  • Peeping Tom - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My system is a Xeon E3 series with 24GB RAM and Kingston HyperX SSD. My only GPU is a NVIDIA GT 610 (rebrand), so I literally cannot play any decent games. Have been curious about AMD's new cards for quite some time and would love to have this. Can't afford a new card at the moment since I am a starving college student lol Reply
  • teiglin - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I need a low-power GPU for my HTPC, to replace its old, power-sucking GTX 460. Comparable performance at a fraction of the power! Reply
  • vahanm01 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    ME! Reply
  • Fyodor - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I could win this. Reply
  • bigboxes - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Gimme an upgrade! Reply
  • threeclaws - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In Reply
  • nwaro438 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    yay Reply
  • ricemaster - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I need this, just because! Reply
  • genzai - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    count me in Reply
  • magnusmundus - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would like to use this as a replacement for my failing gtx460. My system has an AMD 1090t @ 3.5 GHz with 8gb ram. I hope that with the lower power draw of the R7 250, I will be able to push the overclock on my cpu further due to less gpu heat being dumped into my case. I'm sure the R7 250 will be fast enough to run most of the games I enjoy, especially since I only use one 1920x1200 monitor for gaming. The lower power consumption should also save a bit on my electricity bill, as my pc is on 24/7 and running distributed computing projects when I'm not actively using it. I would be interested to see how the R7 250 does for gpu compute. Reply
  • hero4hire - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Looking to add to a mini itx build, either for htpc use or in a build for a friend's kids to do some light gaming without having to upgrade their psu Reply
  • zcat - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In! (would trade it for a 750Ti) Reply
  • christoph411 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Not much of an upgrade over a GTX-650... But I'll try anyway. Reply
  • biagg - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    The on-chip graphics of my i5-2500K could use help on games. After adding a SSD, graphics is definitely my computers weak link. Reply
  • cmattax - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would like one please! Reply
  • benzosaurus - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Currently running a Sandy Bridge Macbook Pro, but thinking about ditching it for a micro-atx Haswell hackintosh, which this would go with nicely. Reply
  • Baloeb - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I currently have an AMD HD 5450 that I put in an emachines desktop. I mostly use it for gaming. I think the R7 250 would be a great upgrade from what I have now and would allow me to finally play some of those games in my library that I bought but couldn't run. Reply
  • mavere - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Need one! Reply
  • franzeal - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Banana Reply
  • Elixer - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would be a good replacement for a nvidia geforce 8800 card Reply
  • Slyr762 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in. Thanks. Reply
  • franzeal - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have an out of date desktop that's no longer in use that I would like to transition to a living room environment primarily for Steam use. I've moved to my laptop for everything, but have found that even with the HD4600 I've got in this thing I enjoy the big picture mode and enjoying a broader set of what PC gaming has to offer. This card would certainly help put that plan into motion, but regardless I've been toying with the idea of jumping on Kaveri and seeing how that handles things (720p hasn't left me wanting on my laptop, but that might be more difficult to swallow on the TV). Reply
  • franzeal - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    And when I say out of date desktop, I'm referring to a system that I once had a Radeon X700 in with a Q6600, upgraded to a Radeon 5670 (or something, paid $100 or something for it at the time) that I've since downgraded to a 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo since I've stopped using the machine for anything except data storage. That and I stole the SSD I was using as a primary to put into my laptop. Reply
  • truelentz - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I will put it to good use! Reply
  • superflux - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    i need one Reply
  • StealthGhost - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Probably better than the gpu I have in my gfs rig, haha Reply
  • moks78 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Mine! :) Reply
  • Subyman - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Sign me up! Reply
  • JFish222 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    HTPC with 1.6ghz processor + weak integrated graphics = unpleasant stuttering.
    I would love to win of these for improved video decode (UVD FTW)!
    Reply
  • amart565 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am running a low-power, quiet HTPC, and I've been struggling with finding a good video card to put in it. I am aiming for 720p gaming but staying with a very low thermal envelope. This video card intrigues me, so I look forward to hopefully winning! Reply
  • Darksurf - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm Game. I'd gladly comment on the improper Linux support that this card currently has. Reply
  • ghanshaw - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Shenanigans. Build a fabulous tiny unit! Reply
  • Kougar - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'd want to win an R7 250 so I can replace the 7800 GT on my father's Core 2 Duo system. The fan is going out but the card isn't worth the cost of buying another, and all he needs is a low power card. Reply
  • woodsonmh - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Due to illness I find I have more indoor time on my hands. After 30 years of computing I'm finding a greater interest in gaming. I've been reading about pc gaming and would like to get my somewhat basic hp desktop to be more gaming with some video, photo work. Looks like a nice place to start. Well the price is right.
    thanks woody
    Reply
  • churchgeek - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    It would be a nice little card for my work computer. Thanks very much! Reply
  • arbiel - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    yay! Reply
  • jlafount - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Fast enough for the type of gaming I do Reply
  • HooDooMagic - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Currently using an oc'd Intel Core i5 and Radeon HD 6900, while it's still holding up surprisingly well for 1080p gaming I'd love to see if I can squeeze a bit more life out of my machine with one of these cards. Reply
  • nillion999 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would love this for a HTPC Reply
  • mongmingmong - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Thank you! Reply
  • ADyTz - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    hope to win ! Reply
  • lowlyIntern - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • boot318 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Thanks for the give-a-way! Reply
  • ClockworkPirate - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Looks nice :D Reply
  • stalker7007 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    this is my winning comment. Reply
  • Phartzog - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • AyrtonSpinna - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    A family member has a Dell box with an i5 processor, Radeon 5450 and 300w PSU, I sometimes play a game or two on it, and that can be painful. This would be a huge improvement, without needing to up the power supply. Reply
  • rjkarl - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    me too Reply
  • InMyMemory - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    currently running on integrated graphics with my new build and would love a dedicated gpu for it! Reply
  • trebarg - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Me please Reply
  • nothingimportant - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I could use this. Reply
  • Mipmap - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I like computers. Reply
  • eddie_hurst - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Clickety clack! Reply
  • jijibu - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am in! Reply
  • laytoncy - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    AMD for me! Reply
  • wsume99 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in for one. Reply
  • Dentons - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Quite nice. Reply
  • goozira - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have a mini-ITX PC build with a Gigabyte H87 motherboard and an Intel G3220 processor. Since the IGP is not that great, I want to add a GPU to it so I can play Final Fantasy XI and a few Steam games on a 1080p monitor. Eventually, when I get a more powerful system I want to use the mini-ITX build as a small remote compute server for a couple of programs that I am writing. Reply
  • Demios - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Sign me up! Reply
  • nfriedly - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current setup is an i7 and a GTX 560 Ti - a few years old but it gets the job done. However, I just recently built a Richland AMD system for a friend, and I liked it so much that I'm thinking about building a Kaveri one for myself to hook up to my TV. I think I would like just a little bit more GPU power though, and I really like the idea of dual graphics, so an R7 250 would be a perfect fit! Reply
  • Popskalius - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    awesome! I'm still in need of a vid card for my all around machine: an i5 4670 8GB on an asus z87 Plus. I'm also still missing a PSU so *if* I win that enables me to save not only on the gfx, but also on a lower watt psu as well. All I want for gaming is Starcraft 2, so this is perfect! $ saved will go towards a nice samsung evo SSD to make it feel oh so fast. Reply
  • Brianjohnson - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I need more power! My AMD Phenom II X2 555 needs more than just the Radeon 3000 integrated graphics on the motherboard. I want to play games and experience double digit frame rates. Reply
  • SinxarKnights - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am using a Phenom II X4 820, 4GB RAM and a HD4870 512MB card ATM. However I want this card for my mother as the R7 250 is a significant downgrade from a HD4870. She is using an older Dell PC (an old C2D + 4 GB RAM) and the graphics card has failed (it was a Nvidia 7600GS). Now she is using an old 5200FX that can't keep up with browser games. The issue is there is no PCIe power connector on the PSU. This card would fit this role nicely, it doesn't need much power and it would allow her to play her slightly more demanding games again. Reply
  • BlakKW - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Can I win? Reply
  • couponcrazy8103 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Want to do Mini-ITX build and pair it with APU for crossfire support. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    why not. Reply
  • millextra82 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Please, pick me. Reply
  • jeglwar - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I need one! Reply
  • Pwnstar - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I currently have an AMD 6800k and games are slow. This would really help me. Reply
  • roxz72 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    upgrade from nvidia 260 Reply
  • anandtechx - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    worth a shot Reply
  • hotlavaaaa - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm building my first computer ever in the next month or so. I plan to get an A8-7600 when they are released. I already bought a 1080p monitor and I think running an R7 250 in Dual Graphics with the A8-7600 would make gaming at 1080p a lot more enjoyable and still not consume a lot of power. The computer I use now is a Compaq laptop from 2004 with 1 core(AMD!!) and 1GB of ram, so to say I'm looking forward to building my new PC would be an understatement. Reply
  • Donniesito - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I could really use *any* upgrade at this point. My desktop is still an old AMD Phenom X3 64. 4 GB of RAM with a Radeon HD6570. Been saving up for a long time to build a new rig -- but only being able to find part time jobs, I'm barely making ends meet. Any upgrade (especially free) is a wonderful thing.

    So.. Here's my entry :-)
    Reply
  • JakeJensen76 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Pretty, please, give me a new video card... : ) Reply
  • pltaylor3 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • cpinfdp - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Gimme... Reply
  • amilayajr - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm In. I want to win this.... :) I could really use one. Thanks. Reply
  • daz24 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    A comment Reply
  • mga318 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I love to have one of these. Reply
  • Netopia - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In for 1! :) Reply
  • gorice13 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Never win these and this will be my last try. Two decades of entering contests and giveaways with zero results. Reply
  • exxcaliber2k - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in. This would be a great compliment to my new Micro ATX HTPC build. AMD A10-7850K APU, ASUS A88XM-A MB, 8GB ripjaws DDR3 1600, Noctua NH-C12P SE14 Heatsink/fan, Lian Li PC-V354B.

    Dual graphics would be icing on the cake.
    Reply
  • tech6 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Pick me! Reply
  • DirtAddsHP - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    thank you Reply
  • chemi - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This is my comment. Reply
  • winac - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My desktop has a PhenomII X2 550 cpu, 4GB RAM, and a Radeon HD 4670 GPU. The setup is getting a bit old, but it is still capable of keeping up with my schoolwork. One problem I have with the 4670 is that it no longer receives driver updates, and that means living with legacy Windows 8 support. I have considered upgrading my GPU, or even building a whole new system, but I decided against it in order to reduce the amount of loans I need for college Reply
  • Taurus229 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I,m running a, 2.6 core2 duo on an Intel DP43BF Motherboard, with a GeForce 7900GS video card. The video card is old and needs to be updated to play some more video games. It would be G-D send if you were to pick me. As always thank you Anandtech for your generosity. Reply
  • bigi - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Haha Reply
  • nathanddrews - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Why not? I like free stuff! Reply
  • owbert - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In! Reply
  • MULuke - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Probably upgrade the graphics in my kids computer. They do some occasional gaming that this would be a good fit for. Reply
  • colinstu - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My partner has a rig that is using my old 9800GTX (as well as rocking a pair of 2.5GHz quad core xeons I got cheap from ebay). This new card should be faster and more efficient. He does light gaming on a 1920x1200 screen as well as photoshop work. Reply
  • gingaakuma - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Lady Luck Be Kind! Reply
  • Uritziel - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    wwant. Reply
  • funkdat81 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I want to win! Reply
  • DataPath - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I could use one of those. Reply
  • ZipZopZippity - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In for one! Reply
  • budabellyx - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would use this for my wife/son's computer. It's primarily used for his homeschooling. It's currently running an Intel Q6600 with 8gigs of ram and an 8800GTS. The card needs to be updated to support more connectivity options as well as increased power efficiency, both of which this card can offer. Reply
  • tass1234 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • res057 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Maybe this time? Reply
  • josepulido - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would make a long video review that would make Anand proud Reply
  • gprice9 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I want to build an HTPC and this Radeon card would be perfect. Reply
  • jaydee - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would use this to replace my HD 6570. I don't really game, but I could definitely use the better HTPC features, lower idle power consumption and the ability to push 1440p via the HDMI port (I'm looking into buying a 27" IPS 1440p monitor). Reply
  • vsilgalis - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in. Reply
  • aduncanvickery - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'd take it! Reply
  • bdriscal - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    R Can Has??? Reply
  • Yuriman - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have a HTPC with an AMD APU that could use a bit more grunt in older games. Hoping to try out hybrid crossfire. Reply
  • dotpex - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • Cloakstar - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I currently have a Llano rig with OC memory. This card would make gaming a bit smoother and make give me GCN cores for my GPGPU programming explorations. :D Reply
  • zangza - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Great review and thank you for the opportunity. Please count me in on this promotion, I could really use this card. Thank you. Reply
  • warrenk81 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    old box is a core2 Quad with a GTS250. i tend to play steam games only, and then only ones that are a year or two old. newer hardware would let me run these at max settings and get every last pixel out of the experience. Reply
  • Suuave - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Im running an Intel Q9400, on an Asus P68 board, with 8 GB Ram using an EVGA 9600 Nvidia based card. I would use the card to run several games including StarCraft 2, Path of Exile and Doom 3 (Yeah its old but still fun). Reply
  • jammeger - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    MINE Reply
  • ccfoo242 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yo! Reply
  • AzMechE - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Would be a nice lower power side grade to my 5770! Reply
  • dwatterworth - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    A thing of beauty for a HTPC. Reply
  • squishyTurtle - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    yes please Reply
  • bac567 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have recently built a new system for myself which has the Haswell i5 with built-in graphics. The system also has 8gb RAM, 650W power supply and SSD. While the built-in graphics are ok it doesn't really cut the mustard with some of the recent and upcoming game releases. This would be a definite upgrade to what I consider the weakest part of my computer. Reply
  • proxi - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would go well in my HTPC with OC'd i5 750 Lynnfield Reply
  • Reziarfg - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I currently have a Haswell system employed as a HTPC and light gaming system connected to a TV. The purpose of this AMD R7 250 would be to replace the integrated HD 4000 graphics in this system to allow for better fidelity in gaming while retaining a low overall TDP. Reply
  • uallas5 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yes please, thank you very much! Reply
  • Cappyyy - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'd love to win this card. I am currently working on building my first PC. I don't have all of my components yet. This graphics card would be a great addition to my rig! Reply
  • coliber - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in. Reply
  • jfarris0026 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • snappyq - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    distributed computing for science and health! i7-3770, 32GB ram, Intel 520 SSD, onboard GPU :-( Reply
  • ehalemba - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in also... Reply
  • bdub951 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Wow, that's really cool of AMD to be giving away another set of cards! My son and I just finished building his first computer together using a Kaveri 7850k APU. He'd love it if we managed to win one of these. I've never done a dual graphics setup so this would be a learning experience. Reply
  • flyinfinni - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm currently running a fairly high powered main rig with an AMD Radeon 7950 and Intel i7-3820 on an EVGA x79 SLI board. The reason I'd like a R7 250 is that I don't always need this amount of power and I want to convert my storage server into a capable, low-power storage server/HTPC that can handle my media needs without having to power up my main rig. I'm currently using an old WiFi enabled blu-ray player for my media center, but it has an absolutely horrible interface and very bad/limited apps for internet streaming and I need to replace it. With some minor tweaks and a decent graphics card (R7 250!) I could set up a great little HTPC to handle all of my needs. Reply
  • hypopraxia - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Entered! Reply
  • Colin1497 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Same comment as the last giveaway:

    I bought an FM2+ motherboard and a cheap non-APU Richland processor (Athlon X2 370) several months ago for a machine that is mostly desktop use, with occasional light gaming. My intention was to put a Kaveri APU in when they came out, but now I'm trying to decide whether that really makes sense or not. Dual crossfire is definitely a consideration, but I’m a little uncertain where I want to go at this point.

    Currently this box has two video cards, a 6770 and a 5450, driving 3X 1920x1200 24" monitors. The plan is to put the 6770 into my 6 year old son's AM3 machine that used to occupy this desk (Phenom II 555BE, 3rd core unlocked, slight overclock, old HD4000 series video card that used to be where the 5450 was before the drivers were moved to legacy status and things got borked), and buy an A10-7850K and give the dual crossfire a whirl. It would probably meet my needs for this box, but I’m just having trouble convincing myself.

    Oh, I own about 5000 shares of AMD stock that I refuse to take the loss on, if someone wants to add that to the consideration list of why I should win something nice from AMD. :)
    Reply
  • Medikit - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Want to win! Reply
  • manwdaplan - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My duaghter has a A10 APU and could used a upgrade for the Sims 3 Reply
  • GCustom - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Neat! Reply
  • Nam Khuong - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current set up is an Athlon II X3 with integrated graphic. A new dedicated AMD card would be very sweet for my AMD set up. Thank you! Reply
  • Cinliaenae - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Currently I have a QX6700 with an 8600GTS which functions as a workstation/gaming machine. Since I mostly use my current computer as a workstation, I've not had a great need to upgrade. As games have evolved though, my 8600GTS has started to fall behind with my occasionally gaming, disappointing me in my adventures with Marvel's Lego Super Heros game.

    The R7 250 is a large improvement from the 8600GTS, more power efficient than and supports Photoshop's 3D requirements. The R7 250 would satisfy my desire for a more power efficient system,a better gaming experience and accessing all the 3D rendering features of Photoshop.
    Reply
  • hosps - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in. Reply
  • venym76 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Free stuff! Reply
  • chartiet - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Kids cards are dated, this would be an upgrade worthy of a smile. Thank You Reply
  • KillerBee2 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm still stuck in DX9 land with my current setup so this upgrade will help. Reply
  • slbridg3 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My Current Setup:

    CPU: Core i5-3550
    MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
    RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600
    SSD: 120GB OCZ Agility3
    HDD: 2TB WD Green
    PSU: Thermaltake 750W TR2
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430
    GPU: Nivida Quadro 4500 (that should be enough reason right there)

    I mainly use my machine right now for work, video editing, and general use. I'd really like to get back into some PC gaming. Never done much with Steam, but wouldn't mind giving it a shot. Been doing console gaming for years, and while I will not drop that habit, I now have more time to get into other forms of gaming.

    My current GPU is OK for daily tasks, but even my Windows 7 screensaver has FPS problems when running dual monitors. Speaking of monitors, I'd love to add a third monitor, and this GPU would allow that with Eyefinity.

    Crossing my fingers for this!
    Reply
  • TheLight - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have an older gaming system with a radeon 5770! The CPU and RAM are still adequate, but the graphics card really needs an upgrade. This would be a great one! Reply
  • HotTorch451 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yes please Reply
  • brother#2 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current desktop is good for now (older core i5, 4GB RAM, GTX 560 Ti), but this R7 250 would be great in the HTPC/Steambox I'm planning! Reply
  • sethcrow - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • Lyrick_ - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Current setup: a i5-2500K/HD6870 desktop, an old Pentium4/X1700 laptop, an even old Pentium 3 733MHz/Nvidia 5200 destop, and a couple earlier generation atom netbooks.

    I'm in the Steam Steaming Beta, but so far all I've been able to test that there is a minimum hardware required to decode the video stream and that minimum is not inclusive of the earlier series Inspire One netbooks. A new and free R7 750 could provide the incentive I need to put together that HTPC/Steaming box for the living room enabling me to experience the same gaming quality I get from the desk in my office on my sofa in the family room without having to have a midsized gaming case on display.
    Reply
  • makerofthegames - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This wouldn't be good for myself, but I've been plotting a build for relatives that might be perfect for this.

    They're currently on a Phenom II X3 and a Radeon 4830 (Sapphire Graphics, I think, but I might be confusing that with other cards I've owned), shoved in a cheap case that's literally falling apart a bit. The thing still has a floppy drive in it, so obviously it's kind of old.

    They don't do heavy gaming, but they do do a fair bit of gaming on it, mainly Civilization (4+5) and Battlefield 2. The 4830 works fine for that, but they're also planning to move on up from the XGA monitor (1024x768!) up to a new 1080p one, so a bit more horsepower would help, as would getting it in a smaller, quieter package.

    The upgrade was planned to be an i3 and a 750 Ti (plus new case, more RAM and an SSD), but I'm still trying to get the price down. A 250 would do that, particularly if it were free.
    Reply
  • Goronath - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • TheTick077 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Currently have a HTPC and another partial build. This would be used to upgrade my HTPC and move the other GPU to complete the partial build that I am doing with my son. Thanks for the chance to win! Reply
  • dlmatty - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Love to have one. Reply
  • Grebuloner - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would use this card in my HTPC setup to augment the capabilities of my A6 APU that I am using, while still remaining low noise and low power. It would enable me to enjoy higher quality and framerates in light, casual or older games on my TV. The upgraded hardware will also improve my HD experience with better capabilities in processing and displaying video and audio. Reply
  • SandInMyShoes - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would make a nice upgrade for my wife's system, which currently has a GeForce 9600GT in it. Lower power usage and more gaming oomph is always a good thing! Reply
  • campbbri - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'd like to evaluate the R7 250 as a cheap upgrade to the i7 4770K integrated graphics in the desktop I'm building.

    Idle power and noise are important to me since I leave the computer on 24/7. I'm curious to see if AMD's ZeroCore technology makes it so that adding the card doesn't pose a power penalty or add additional noise to the system when idle.

    If that's the case, then the R7 250 would be a simple upgrade from integrated graphics, with no drawbacks.
    Reply
  • Gunbuster - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    comment is a go! Reply
  • Irelander - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Would be great if you picked me! If not thats ok, one day you will! :-) Reply
  • DPete27 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Apparently my response from the last contest got overlooked. I am still interested in pumping up my HTPC for couch gaming with one of these in Dual-Graphics mode (a tech that I haven't yet had the chance to try for myself). Pleeeeease. Reply
  • Dalonely - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    But is it a significant upgrade from my MSI GTX560Ti-448 with a mild overclock? Ot is this more of a lateral move? Reply
  • Morphuess - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Last year I built a modest computer for my mother. It is a Trinity A-10 5800K with 8GB of RAM and a small 120SSD. I felt that the graphical power within the A-10 would be sufficient for her needs. She does love her computer, but she does tell me that she'd like to get a larger monitor, and I believe the extra horsepower from the R7 250 would fit her needs while still staying within the power envelope of the 350W power supply. Reply
  • gstovall - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My personal machine is a core i3-2105 with 8GB of DRAM, 500GB SATA HD, 30GB SATA SSD for program store, Radeon HD5570 video, running Ubuntu 13.10. Would like the card to be way overmatched for the system hardware :) Reply
  • btsfh - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Very nice looking card. I would love one for my system. Reply
  • Borumha - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Currently running XFire HD5830 with the slew of new games coming down the pipe line my time is limited to run at full resolution/high settings.
    Would love to get a R7-250 as the base to upgrade my system with
    Reply
  • senecarr - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'd use the card in my system for crossfire with a radeon 260X that is already in there. Reply
  • max40watt - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    The R7 250 would be perfect as I've recently rebuilt my HTPC, a lovely little m-itx A10-7850k, picoPSU, and small SSD inside of a classic NES console. I previously had a low powered E-350 in there, which was just a bit too slow and decided to go as far as possible in the other direction and recreate it as something that would have reasonable gaming performance while still be constrained to the thermal envelope inside of the old NES.

    The 7850k has reasonable performance, but I'd like to get a bit more out of the system. A crossfire R7 250 would hopefully push the system up to ps4/xbox one gaming performance, which would be a delight.

    I'd love to document and benchmark the evolution of the NES PC for AMD and this site.
    Reply
  • jgoers - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would like to use this to build a small quiet gaming box for the TV. Something quiet that can play games, Netflix, and Amazon. Reply
  • zeos - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I want the card, I don't need it. I moved my main desktop to my shop after my apartment was broken into; but I kept my old desktop at my apartment so I could watch youtube and play some games. The computer in my apartment is an athlon ii x2 on a 760 chipset with no discrete graphics card at the moment. I can play some games, like banished, with all the settings at their lowest, but I think an r7 250 would be the perfect thing to spice up my old computer. Reply
  • chuckey - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would be a great update for my HTPC/Steabox. Reply
  • Flipper34 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would be great for my daughters old passively cooled nVidia card. Reply
  • giderac - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In for 1! Reply
  • Tymes_Up - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Sign me up! Reply
  • dstarr3 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Sure! Reply
  • tidalblitz - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I never win anything! Reply
  • Taurothar - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would be wonderful in my HTPC. Count me in. Reply
  • EBSP - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would make a nice upgrade so that my HTPC, currently running an X4 965 with integrated HD 3100 graphics, could see some Steam gaming via FOSS drivers at 720P. Reply
  • OrbitalSI - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yes please Reply
  • Darkhorse37 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My little brother is currently exploring the world of Minecraft with the integrated graphics of an AMD A8 Trinity APU at laggy frame rates alongside low resolution. With the discrete graphics boost from the AMD Radeon R7 250, he could marvel at his Minecraft world in its full glory and be inspired to express his youthful creativity. Reply
  • chrisprcr - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would replace my HD 4850 with this R7 250. Reply
  • gloomis916 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in!!!!!!!! Reply
  • Mettech - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current system is an I5 liquid cooled CPU, Nivida EVGA overclocked 660 GPU, gigabyte mother board running inside a NZXT silent case. The GPU card still trows a lot of heat and can generate some nice fan noise. It would be interesting to see if this can keep the noise down less power draw and still keep me gaming in nice frame rates. If it failed there i am still collecting pieces to make a nice HTPC back up gaming rig for the living room. Reply
  • ChaddM - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Put me in! Reply
  • foreyes4 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current computer is a Dell Dimension 4600. From 2003. I got married in 2005, had my first child soon after, and just had to give up on any hopes of ever upgrading, being a poor new father. Finally, 11 years later, I have a good job and $1000 saved up to build my battlestation. Being in IT, I need to be able to run a couple virtual machines as well as having decent video editing capabilities (for personal hobbies), but the secret plan is to finally be able to play all those games I missed out on! I'm still building out the specs, but an R7 250 may not get me future-proofed, it will let me finally hit all the great things I've missed out on while saving a few extra bucks (even if I end up buying it myself) for diapers and clothing (3 children now and starting the adoption process for #4 soon). Reply
  • tobar66 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    ooh oooh, me please! Reply
  • insanex1 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Can I get one please? Reply
  • unrulycow - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would really help my HTPC suck less Reply
  • anonymous_user - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My most powerful card right now is a GeForce 9600GT. Replacing it with a newer card would give me a lot more flexibility in the games I will be able to play at max settings or resolution. Reply
  • rocktober13 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I recently sold my xbox 360 and built a mini ITX system (Z87 platform). It would be nice to add a R7 250 to it to see how it stacked up as a steam box vs a 360 on the big screen. Reply
  • hlper - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Thanks for the giveaways! Yes, I would like it. Reply
  • donebu - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    OK, I'm in. System configuration same as last time. Reply
  • azazel1024 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have an i5-3570 right now, but with a piddly old 5570 in it for graphics. So I could sorely use an upgrade. Kerbal Space Program runs great on my machine, but I'd really love to be able to turn up the graphics a little bit more and the R7 250 would be perfect for a lightweight, but much more powerful graphics card than what I am packing right now! Reply
  • FaisalIqbal - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • Memo.Ray - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I want to do OpenCL programming, don't have a dGPU now. Reply
  • BigLan - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would be a big step up from my ancient 3850 in my htpc and allow for HD audio pass through as well as letting me play more recent games from my steam library on the TV. Reply
  • Johnny Cee - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    good luck to all, may you find bitcoin this st patricks day Reply
  • talos113 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • stotty5 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yes please Reply
  • electroball09 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I've been trying to build a budget gaming build for a while now. I have an i5-2300 and an ASRock Z77 mobo. The only thing I'm lacking is a decent, not OEM (HP Pavilion) case, and a budget GPU. This card would fit my build perfectly. Reply
  • woody345 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    this would look good in my system Reply
  • JBird7986 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My family has an old Dell system lying around that would really benefit from this card. It was a pretty typical budget system from the mid-2000s that we picked up to replace an old AMD system with a 700MHz Athlon. For a time, I used the system for gaming, and then, as they tend to do over time, the system just became too slow without the proper graphical support. The CPU is a Brisbane AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ at 1.9GHz. The graphics are in the form of an integrated nvidia GeForce 6150 located on the generic Dell GeForce chipset motherboard. Because of the integrated graphics, I upgraded the RAM to 3GB from 2GB to give the system some extra memory to play with. The system has a 160GB HDD for storage and a DVD-Burner for an optical drive. The power supply is whatever generic PSU that Dell just threw in there, so I know that while it can't handle a whole heck of a lot of power draw, it should be able to handle the R7 250 just fine. Not only that, but I know for a fact that the PCIe x16 slot on the board is free. If this card were added to be used instead of the on-board graphics, I have a feeling that the system would be able to play much newer titles without looking like a slideshow and would likely extend its life.

    At the moment, if I were to be selected for receiving this card, I would use the newly-upgraded system to try some of the newer games out there and also perhaps see if I can't figure out how to try my hand at attempting to mine Bitcoins. At the very least, it might prove to be an interesting experience! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to try for one of these cards!

    P.S.: I'd also be happy to review the card as I experience it.
    Reply
  • Cripp - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I don't really have a current system. I am looking into putting together a system for a HTPC, this card would be perfect for what I have in mind. Reply
  • Stabgotham - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would love to have this inside my box. My current video card, while still capable, is getting somewhat long in the tooth. It's really apparent in the last games (e.g. Arkham Origins, Titanfall, Borderlands 2, etc.). I would absolutely love to return to playing games with all of the eye candy turned on. My current configuration is:

    ASUS P8Z68-V
    Core i5 2500K (OC'd to 4.7)
    Corsair H60
    Corsair TX750M
    Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 (2 x 4GB)
    ASUS GTX 560Ti TOP

    With all that said, I'm certain there are more deserving people here who are (trying) to play current gen games with less capable setups, who not have the means to upgrade themselves ($$$). You should give them the card before considering me. Have a great day!
    Reply
  • mangust - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current HTPC is humming along with an HD5450, so gaming is out of the question. Upgrading to the R7 250 should make it a decent low-res gaming platform. Reply
  • CaptainInfosec - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • luhai - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    my current setup
    cpu: i5 ivy bridge
    motherboard: gigabytie z70
    gpu: msi radeon 3850.

    i used it for school and playing games. But as you can tell, the 3850 is really limiting my options to older games. At this point even R250 will be a massive improvement.
    Reply
  • Lothsahn - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Want! Reply
  • Thrawn - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Sign me up. Anything to save a buck with a newborn. Reply
  • jardows2 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current HTPC, using a Pentium D and an older Radeon card, does fine at 720p, but struggles with 1080p content. I believe an upgraded video card would make this system work well, but just haven't had the budget to buy anything. I would like to see how quiet the fan on this card is, to see if it would be suitable for an HTPC environment. I live on a fairly busy street, so unless it is obnoxious, it probably would be good. Reply
  • oscarsdg - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    More AMD! Reply
  • mismeasure - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In for one! Reply
  • evilr00t - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • Newbian101 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am looking to upgrade my mothers computer and getting a great video card for the price will be more then enough for what she would use it for. Reply
  • gronshore - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Would be nice... Reply
  • Grifter75 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • tyman4752000 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Win! Reply
  • schizoide - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have a HTPC in my living room powered by a core2duo with an ancient nvidia 9500GT. I'd like to turn it into a steam box for gaming, and need a non-obsolete videocard to do it! Reply
  • vortexmak - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Need a mid range graphics card for gaming on my mini-ITX build.
    I need to play 1-2 year old games and for HD video playback.
    I have a Z87E-ITX mbd with Core i5 and 4 GB RAM
    Reply
  • Bunta714 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Me me me! Reply
  • allenpan - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    me in!!!!! Reply
  • MRMsys - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Using a circa 2009 Xeon with 8GB DDR3 and a HD5830. Still works great for me, but it's ability to play games at a reasonable resolution ran out a few years ago. I avoid upgrading to maintain my productivity to be honest. This card would let me lower the power consumption significantly and keep this computer in service for a few more years (and maybe even attempt to play a circa 2012 game or two).

    LOL at all the people completely ignoring the entry requirements.
    Reply
  • Kevin Day - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Want to play Battlefield with my son. :-) We scrounged up an AMD X2 255, Biostar MB, and 4gb of Ram but need a video card. Would use his 720p TV for the display so relatively low resolution.

    Thanks!!
    Reply
  • buddylembeck - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'll take 2! Reply
  • MiPS42 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Currently running an AMD a4 APU with integrated graphics and really could use a aftermarket GPU to boost gaming performance. Reply
  • Kiddoni - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I need one of these. I have a small PC that is in use as an HTPC. Just a small unit with a Core2 duo and 4GB of RAM. I HAD a Radeon 5670 in it but that failed, so I'm back to the onboard GeForce 9300. The HDMI output from that has a significant delay on the audio. It is essentially useless. I can't do any gaming and forget about BluRay playback. The Radeon R7 250 would make this machine useful again. I could do some light gaming as well as all of my other HTPC needs that are currently unavailable. Reply
  • jimbo48222 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • Atreidin - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Dig it. Reply
  • kingsway2121 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would love to have this card so I could put it in a computer that I am helping a kid build. We have managed to salvage a decent bit of parts from friends and family and have a computer that is running a quad-core AMD processor, 8GB of ram, a 600W cpu, and a 100GB hard drive. Not the best specs, but all of the parts have been donated and the kid doesn't have any money, so it will make him a great first computer. With this graphics card he would have a system that would actually allow him to game. As it is I can either buy him a bigger hard drive or a graphics card. If I win this I could give it to him and get him a bigger hard drive. It would be great to know I helped a kid achieve his current dream by winning this. Reply
  • takeshi7 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current PC still uses all the parts I got in 2007. It has the 8800 GTS 640MB, and the G80 chip doesn't have h.264 acceleration (I would have held out for the G92 based 8800GT if I had a future telling device). My CPU isn't powerful enough on its own to play 1080p YouTube videos without skipping frames. Also I own Battlefield 3, but even on lowest settings @720p it's slow enough that I can't possibly be competitive. If I had an AMD Radeon R7 250 it would fix both of these problems. Reply
  • Infodude - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Hoping to render minecraft faster. Reply
  • tbone311 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in, yo! Reply
  • da22 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    nice Reply
  • wangpan225 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    why not? Reply
  • RadiclDreamer - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My 7 year old son is currently running a 6570 with an Intel 3570K. He plays tons of steam games, and is really pumped for the new plants vs zombies Garden Warfare to be released on PC, this card would be nice to help him play at decent settings. Reply
  • Kevin G - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This R7 250 would be an upgrade from a Radeon 6870 that I'm currently using in a 2012 Mac Pro. If it is like the Radeon 6870 (or a GTX 770 that has recently moved to a different system for a different use), it would be plug it in and go. I also have a MST hub that I could test with this card to drive a total of 5 displays off of it. Reply
  • mattdobs - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    woo hoo Reply
  • nick76_dune - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Sign me up! Reply
  • BF04 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I still rocking a Radeon 4850, could use this to help out when my Titanfalls :) Reply
  • panaceafatali - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'd use it to replace my e8400 and 9800GTX old Steam Machine with something cooler and more modern! Probably build a whole new box around this card, mATX instead of a full tower. Reply
  • Fossus - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm building a small mini-atx spare parts PC for the living room, and the extra video card I have is a behemoth radeon 4850 x2 that has zero chance of fitting into the case (plus it's loud and runs hotter than the sun). This would solve my problem and usher in a new era of living room gaming. Reply
  • timcrna - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I gotta try again! I am IN. Reply
  • Vaygr - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • nepenthe - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    yes please! Reply
  • sweetwilly - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    worth a shot Reply
  • clawsonj - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yes, please. Reply
  • eanazag - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am considering an upgrade for the home computer. This card would replace an EVGA GT 640 2GB. Attached is a 1280x1024 19" monitor. Basically play StarCraft II on it and hopefully some coin mining. It has to be better than the 640 for mining. The 640 gets around 60-70 Khash/s with Cudaminer 02-28-2014. The board is Crossfire capable and maybe I'll throw another R series card in there too. Core i3 540 on an MSI H55M-ED (or P) with 8GB or RAM. The first generation Core series IGP is garbage - maybe I could OC it for Mahjong. Reply
  • foolsbane - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Cute, nice power consumption! Reply
  • Bobs_Your_Uncle - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    A little over a year ago, the motherboard of my main rig (an OLDer HP tower desktop) decided to fry up a little breakfast one morning. Since that time I've stayed connected pretty darn comfortably with a Samsung QX410J notebook I purchased to fill the void.

    I'm a 50 something who (after being invited to reacquaint himself with the care-free whimsy of a single lifestyle) decided to also reacquaint my youthful affection for really cool tech. In the process of stoking the embers of fascination, I decided that it was high time I plan my 1st home-build; a process still underway.

    Somehow I was never seduced by gaming in any really significant sense, but thanks to a bit of available leisure time, the encouragement of my 18 year old son & some very well written gaming reviews, I confess to being intrigued by certain titles represented as standing somewhat apart from much of the genre; Fez, the Bioshock entries, L.A. Noire, Going Home, The Stanley Parable & the Portal episodes (of course) among any number of others. And from what I've seen presented as game-play previews, Watch Dogs holds the promise of being pretty tasty, as well.

    I could & I would certainly use one of the cards on offer, but I'm not pressed by need. I'd welcome the opportunity to put such a card in service, but I'd be delighted to see it go to an ardent games fan who is, perhaps, a bit more pinched than am I. If the alternative appears to be a heinous troll given to disparagement of our fellow man ... well then in all good conscience, I'm Your Choice!
    Reply
  • WagonWheelsRX8 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have a slot in my PC requesting a nice video display adapter...hook a commenter up! Reply
  • dflyer52 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Could use this. Reply
  • JimRice - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I could really use one of these for my wife's computer. I upgraded it a couple of years ago to an AMD Phenom II 945 processor, and maxed out the ram, but it's still on an elderly Asus motherboard with Nvidia 6150 integrated graphics. I could get another year or two out of this if the graphics were better. Her games are mostly online Facebook and other lower-end games, but they've started taxing the limits of the system. Reply
  • JiveMagillicudy - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in. Reply
  • Bakes - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My HTPC in the living room is an old salvaged Dell workstation with a Pentium 4 Prescott and a Nvidia 8800 GTX. I wish I could afford to replace the entire system. A modern graphics card would would be a decent start. The stock Dell case is not well ventilated and the CPU runs hot. Having the 8800 GTX in the case only makes things worse. We have pets and live in a dusty environment so I have to clean the case and heat sinks at least twice a month to keep the CPU from overheating and throttling. A more efficient graphics card could help mitigate the heat buildup in the case. Reply
  • zachvatwork - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have an old PNY GeF 210. Every time I get into my desktop, I have to reseat the card or I get no video, whether or not I actually touch the card. Ugh...I can play low end games like It came from space and ate our brains, but just utterly fails at anything more complex. I would really love to have one of these cards not only for gaming, but I would like to see what kind of hash rate I could get out of it for mining. I use various Linux OSs and dont have the technical chops to mine with an Nvidia GPU. My CPU does alright at ~30 kHs, but I know the Radeon cards are much better. Thanks for the contest! Reply
  • tim7850 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in. I have a second PC that still uses an OEM card. Reply
  • Judhajit - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in. Current System: i5 haswell, on-board gpu. Need this gpu only for playing Fifa / PES Reply
  • sbaker57 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    It's all mine Reply
  • diesalot - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would like to be in the giveaway! Also, I would like to know who wins these giveaways. Reply
  • knocknock - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Would love this!! Reply
  • nwalk7800 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Mine Reply
  • woggs - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Cool! Reply
  • YaBaBom - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Want it to replace an old gtx 8600 Reply
  • twickard - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • Towtol - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • Arkive - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in. Reply
  • Razanbuddu - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    IN!!! Reply
  • gitman - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Ok, Pick me please. Reply
  • changguang - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yes, please. Reply
  • Jacerie - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Sign me up. Reply
  • robcov33 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This guy right here could use one. Reply
  • ottojschlosser - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I've never played any cutting edge games because I have always made do with old hardware - I'd love to have a current generation card that can handle some serious gaming. Reply
  • maxkazar - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I win? Reply
  • Akkuma - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Lady luck is against me. Reply
  • mike8675309 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Just in time for my building a new desktop machine. Reply
  • Nogib - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Cool! Reply
  • Shapyi - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I recently built a budget system to replace my aging Core 2 Duo machine to suit my needs in terms of web browsing, programming and light gaming. The system I built has an Intel Core i3-4330; 8GB of DDR3 RAM; a 120GB Kingston SSD for the OS; 1 TB HDD for storage; all on a GIGABYTE H87M Micro ATX board powered by a 450w Antec Power Supply.

    I am in the market for a good budget graphics card to replace Intel’s integrated graphics. I think that the Radeon R7 250 would be perfect for my my needs in terms of power draw and performance. I am not using a 1080p monitor so I think the card will provide the fps I need for decent mid-settings gaming. Hope you pick me! Thanks!
    Reply
  • thewrongstuff - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Well I hope I win but if I don't...oh well. Reply
  • Guimar - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I like he R250 Reply
  • HanzNFranzen - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would be very interested in using this card in my living room PC. Currently, I have a Radeon 4650 with a noisy fan and would love to upgrade to something cooler, quieter, and that can handle some light gaming as well as HTPC duties. Reply
  • Assimilator87 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    *Copied from previous giveaway*
    For a long time, I'd been using a repurposed, full tower gaming machine as my HTPC. I was really itchin to do a Mini ITX build, but was waiting for Kaveri to hit the market. I honestly haven't been as excited for a processor release since Sledgehammer. The combination of HSA and GCN 1.1 sounded completely revolutionary to me. I ended up buying the A10 7850K as soon as Micro Center got them in stock and built my dream HTPC around the Cooler Master Elite 130. I wanted a low power, compact system that could handle all sorts of media playback, including Blu-ray, and also be able to do some light gaming. I'm completely satisfied with the IGP's performance, but the addition of an R7 250 would extend the gaming performance even further, while still keeping power consumption relatively low. The only thing that confuses me though is that Oland is based on GCN 1.0, unlike Kaveri. Does that mean I'd lose True Audio when running Crossfire? Wouldn't Bonaire be a better match since its the same architecture and supports XDMA? I really wish there was more extensive information about Dual Graphics.
    Reply
  • invinciblegod - Thursday, March 06, 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 gaming notebook of the Razer variety. 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.
    Reply
  • Blueyedevil - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Hi
    I have a Celeron Dual-Core G540 with Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit and an ASRock B75M-GL R2.0. Using the integrated graphics to play LoL :).
    This card would give me the chance to test it against the HD by Intel and see how well it performs in an budget oriented system. Hope i get the chance to do so ;)
    Reply
  • lukewayne - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    me me me Reply
  • debido666 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Bobo momo. Reply
  • YoshoMasaki - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Whooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooo! Reply
  • fronoun - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    i still using a Radeon HD 4550. I don't think I need to explain any further. Reply
  • enrobriaffej - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    i want it! Reply
  • SAMSAMHA - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    a budget card perfect for an HTPC. it would be perfect for my amd A10-6800K mini ITX system that I use for day to day web browsing, streaming media, and watching youtube Reply
  • random4t4x14 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Sign me up! My Geforce 210 is aging in my Media box, and this would make a great birthday present! Reply
  • RustySharpie - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In for an updated GPU Reply
  • sasfeld - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • Mathman - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current config is: Core2 Duo, 2GB RAM, Radeon 4550. I could really use an upgrade. Reply
  • AdamPflug - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I currently have an nVidia Geforece 560 (not Ti) in my aging Lynnfield i7 860 machine. I hope to upgrade the rest of the parts later this year, but I'm really hurting on the GPU side right now, especially with Titanfall coming out. I promise not to use this new card for mining crypto-currency, if that helps :) Reply
  • AdamPflug - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Oops, nevermind, read it as a 270 not and R7 250. looks like it's probably not a meaningful step up from what I have. Might as well take my name off the list. Reply
  • ayprof - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Thanks for the prizes yo. Reply
  • bluesbassman - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    me too! Reply
  • Sundere - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In! Reply
  • mrcaffeinex - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Awesome budget-friendly tech! Reply
  • memetomancer - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am presently rebuilding a sandybridge i3 system for my 7y.o. daughter but the integrated graphics are proving less than satisfactory at 1080p. I would probably eventually purchase something like this but alas, it will have to wait on whether we can drum up an extra $100. or if I win this prize ;) Reply
  • gspence2000 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • vx117 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I hope to get into coin mining. My current system config is an i5-3570K with 16gb RAM and a MSI Z77 mobo with a SSD and two HDDs for storage. Nothing too tricked out, but just powerful enough for a mining machine. I had an Nvidia, but sold it because I heard it wasn't good for mining and that I don't game that much anymore. I've heard that AMD cards are very good for mining, thus I would like to get one. Reply
  • compudog - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I currently have an FX-6100 with a GeForce GT 640 and I could really use the boost from an R7 250. I occasionally game (FPS/RTS) and do some desktop publishing/Office. I would like to keep my system all AMD. Reply
  • goddjob - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    While my own rig may not benefit from this card (I run a 7950), my parents are running a prebuilt from 2005. With this card, I could make them a very nice micro-atx or even mini-itx build, made possible by the R7 250's compact frame. The R7 250 is powerful enough to handle new games now, and will likely still be good for general use for the next 8-10 years; a great combination for a build likely to not move in that span. Reply
  • markozaki - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    meh. i would sort of like this. Reply
  • sramkumar86 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have a HP pavilion desktop powered by a Intel Sandybridge i5-2500 and AMD Radeon HD6450. The computer is really outdated on the gaming front. I would love to get an upgrade on that front. The computer is still useful for some OpenCL application development. I would love to try out AMD's newer GPUs. I am curious to play around with the new hardware video decoder/encoder and see how it performs. Reply
  • FirstCall42 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am interested. Reply
  • exspider64 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would use this to build a gaming PC for my brother. He just has an old mid-range non-gaming laptop. Reply
  • HiTechObsessed - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • seekking - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am in. Hope I win Reply
  • wyates - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    WOW, What a nice addition this would make to my new I7-4770k system. Reply
  • JohnnyQuark - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Hi It's me again, wondering if you really pick any names
    never seen or heard of any winners announced... sigh
    Reply
  • mpdugas - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I've an older machine which my wife uses for our monitoring and adjusting our household finances; she could use a nicer graphics card to run a more modern wide-screen display without getting into the whole high-level gaming issues.

    This looks perfect for her.
    Reply
  • Glory2God - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I could play games if I had that card.
    My current setup is I3 3220 HD2500 video, 20 gigs of ram, 120 gig SSD.
    Reply
  • doug166 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I need it more, I'm sporting an old 5570!!! Reply
  • BioBoy - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Sounds great, I want one! Reply
  • My 2 Cents - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    So who won last time? Reply
  • jowdy - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • phantomtofu - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My PC is fine, but my (8-year-old) little brother needs a boost for smooth Minecraft gameplay. His computer is a 4-year-old Dell with a Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of DDR2, and onboard Nvidia graphics. The power supply does not have a 6-pin PCI-E connector, so a good card that can get its power from the motherboard would be ideal. The R7 250 would fit the bill nicely. Reply
  • manicbass138 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Will use this to replace older video card in a workstation. 1st Gen i7 system works fine, but ca use a boost in the graphics dept. Reply
  • TrackSmart - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Some commenters have older, but SIMILARLY POWERFUL GPUs already -- but are under the mistaken impression that this card will bring a huge performance boost for gaming. It won't. But it will use less energy.

    This is not a high-performance gaming GPU. It is a power efficient, affordable, mid-level part. It would be great for an HTPC or similar low-power build. It has adequate power for gaming at moderate detail levels, which is fine by me. I personally try to build fairly power-efficient machines, because I want low power usage for everyday tasks (95% of what I do) and have modest expectations for GPU intensive tasks (only occasional gaming -- usually playing top-tier games from a few years ago as they go on sale on STEAM).
    Reply
  • ascian5 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I need one for a central family PC in the living room. HTPC, gaming, and children's activities. The wife is too intimidated by gaming desktop and it's obviously hand off for toddlers. Would love to create an atmosphere to educate my family together, dip my toes in the emerging mini-itx market/SFF, and as any parent will tell you, any financial aid is a godsend. Thank you for the opportunity. Reply
  • Death - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Same as last time, would use it to upgrade wife's a10-5800k 6670 crossfire Reply
  • zordac - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Need a video card. I'm in. Reply
  • zordac - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current video card is an on-board intel solution. This will replace that and make my system actually usable. Reply
  • aleksaleks - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • Wolfpup - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm not sure if the content of our post alters our chances to win? Well anyway, I'd probably use it with a Core 2 system, replace a Geforce GT 430 used for games and Folding! Reply
  • lestatcr - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This sounds like a great match for my newest build: An A10-7850K is just prime to test dual-graphics with a discrete chip, and it just arrived in the mail! I was planning on not using the integrated graphics but instead replace it with a discrete GC completely, but if can get similar performance w/dual graphics, the better! Reply
  • BanksyTeller - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • muffle10@yahoo.com - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    yes! Reply
  • kurtgoncher - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in again, need a short card Reply
  • megadirk - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Graphics card just took a dump, could really use this. Reply
  • zotlaker - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I currently have a 5850 I use for Dogecoin mining. I'd love to be able to add the R7 250 to the mix and bump up my hashrate. Reply
  • Ryard - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Actually, this wouldn't be for me but for my brother who is still running a AMD 4850. I can't even compare the benchmarks for that to the R7 250 side by side in Anandtech's Bench because it's not listed even in GPU 2012, only the 4870 is available. But even then, the benchmarks have all changed. He's still a poor grad student in the process of getting his PhD so he could really use the upgrade. His Phenom II X4 is holding up well but when we co-op on Steam, he's starting to run into his video card limits. If I win it for him, I'll be sure to get him to do a review of it. Reply
  • DarkShadow - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm hoping to win this to finally put together a respectable replacement for my mother-in-law's computer......

    its a P4.....that is using Rambus RDRAM @ 512MB...
    and *still* chugging ...
    but only by a hair.

    For this replacment: I'll either slap on Windoze 8 or some Linux Distro with 'reasonable enough' repository #years lifespan for updates depending on cost factors.....this video card helping to lower the cost!
    Reply
  • pogopogo - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I teach 3D CAD to middle school students. My current Dell Optiplex 7010 is using a Radeon 6670. Four of my students' computers have Radeon 6570s, but most (20) of my students' computers are currently using built-in graphics. I'm always looking for inexpensive low-power graphics cards to improve the 3D performance. The R7 250 is ideal since it doesn't require a power connector and provides a nice upgrade over built-in graphics. I'm sure the Minecrafters in my class would enjoy, as well. Reply
  • Drazula - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • paigeinfull - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I've been trying to save money for a new build forever. This gpu would be a great start. My current system is:

    I7 920 cooled by a cheap 92mm CPU air cooler

    Intel dx58so

    2 amd 5770

    Samsung 256GB 830 series ssd

    3TB in hdd storage

    750w ultra psu

    All in a cooler master 690 case

    Definitely starting to show it's age, especially in terms of power efficiency.
    I would probably use this 250 in a sff htpc/steam box and slowly upgrade my current system while using it as a personal server to try out the new steamos game streaming. I would probably get a Kaveri CPU as well to test out the crossfire with the integrated. I've had a seasonic gold rated psu and 16 gig ddr3 kit for over a year now in anticipation of a new build.

    Thanks for this opportunity Anand and AMD
    Reply
  • superflex - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yes Please.
    My desktop is an Opteron 170 with a Radeon X800GTO^2 flash modded to a X800 PE.
    The X800 certainly has seen better days.
    Still playing Far Cry on it though, but it hiccups at any newer games.
    Reply
  • tammlam - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Recently, I built myself a mITX rig with an A8-6600K and HD7850 in an Eilte 130 case. It was my first build and I am addicted. I am contemplating building something smaller. Perhaps using an Elite 110 case with an A10-7850K running dual graphics with this R7 250. Reply
  • Rygar44 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yes please :) Reply
  • RazberyBandit - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would be a great upgrade for the 512MB HD4670 in my "family PC." While the first-gen Phenom X2 7850BE (@ 3.2GHz) is a bit of a slouch, the 4670 is that system's truly limiting factor when it comes to the multimedia entertainment and light gaming for which it's used. Reply
  • nsomers1 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I could really use this--I just had my gaming pc stolen. I'm using my old backup computer now, an overclocked i5 650 with an HD6570. Barely good enough for some games, but not enough for Arma III. I'd like to see what the r7 250 could do. Reply
  • grundlethrop - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'll take one, purty please. Reply
  • strategee - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I could use this for my i3 3320 set up running off of Intel HD 2500. Reply
  • starwarsgamer - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • pr1mal0ne - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current system is a 4th Gen i5, 16 GB ram, Asus Z87 Mobo and an AMD HD 4650. My videocard is what needs upgraded most (over 5 years old). I would really like to move up to the 256 bit interface cards like the HD 7850, but Id be satisfied with the R7 250 if I got it. The price is half what the older 7850's are, and have less than half the performance. But the R7 250 still kicks the snot out of the old 4650. I use my system for CAD and rendering, a more powerful card would encourage me to look into ways to push this work to my GPU. If I got this card, Id want to do some research and benchmarks on the rendering capabilities of it. Reply
  • eyeoncomputers - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    in the hat. my buddy just got a a10-7850k. this would go great with it. Reply
  • addytude - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Would love to win this Reply
  • Whitefish - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Well now this would work great with my A10-7850k. >.< Reply
  • andywhizwang - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    ME! Reply
  • Whitefish - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    <---- Reply
  • hax0rkeith - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    i have 2 pc's using GPU's built-in to the CPU. i'd like to get a separate video adapter for some gaming. Reply
  • doesnotfollow - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I could use one! Reply
  • portgrey - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Hope I win Reply
  • scheibach - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would add it to an old Core 2 Quad machine that I'm currently using as a HTPC so I can play Steam games on TV. Reply
  • bebimbap - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    certainly Reply
  • x1conroe - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Oooh Reply
  • projektsun - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Hook a brother up! Thx! Reply
  • goldfish42 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    count me in! Reply
  • RanDum72 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I need this to update my HTPC. Should be powerful enough to run videos smoothly and consumes less electricity without breaking the bank. Reply
  • spiked_mistborn - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would be a great replacement for the Radeon x300 that I had to put in my wife's computer after the Radeon HD 5770 that was in there stopped working. With the Athlon 64 x2 it would probably be CPU limited, but it would still be nice to have the option to at least PLAY a game on it. Reply
  • rtfmx9 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Have AMD's Kaveri system already running. This card would complement that and give me a chance to dip my toes into dual graphics setup for the first time. Send it my way please :) Reply
  • alucard964 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    yo sign me up Reply
  • barleyguy - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would like to win this video card, because I have two computers, and only one discrete video card. I would put this card in the second computer, and could compare the R7 250 to the Radeon 7770 in my first computer.

    The two computers are:

    MSI AM2+ Motherboard
    Phenom II 955 Processor
    4 GB DDR2 RAM
    Onboard Radeon 3000 Video
    320 GB Hard Drive

    Gigabyte motherboard
    AMD FX-6300 Processor
    8 GB DDR 3 RAM
    Samsung 840 EVO 128 GB SSD
    512 GB Hard Drive (applications)
    1 TB Hard Drive (Video and Music)
    Radeon 7770 Video Card

    Thanks.

    Note to everyone else: You need to post your configuration to enter this contest. Posting "I'm in" is not sufficient. Read the directions.
    Reply
  • WalkingDead - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In Reply
  • Fanatical Meat - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    hey hey Reply
  • twkatadin - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have a very old video card. Reply
  • imsimian - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Gimme Gimme Gimme :) Reply
  • Montymac - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Im currently running on i3 integrated graphics. This would be a big improvement! Reply
  • RayW69 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In the process of building a Kaveri system with an A10-7850K and an MSI A78M-E45. Would love to see how frame rates improve (or don't) when using the R7 250 in dual GPU mode. Reply
  • dlmartin53 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Building a new rig need some help! Reply
  • GeoBoy(SU - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Currently powering the Smartboard in my classroom with a machine running Windows 7 Pro on an i3-3220, 8GB RAM, 750GB mechanical HDD, and the Intel HD 2500 built-in graphics. The machine is plenty fast for most of what I do, but when it comes to Google Earth, it can really struggle, particularly on more complicated tours or flybys. The R7 250 would help take the load off the CPU, and should provide decent performance in Google Earth. Reply
  • SalientKing - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current setup is a dell desktop with an old nvidia 9600GT. Lately, the fan.. it's been getting whiny. It's torture when I have to do work on this system, it's like someone is drilling a hole into my skull after an hour or so. Save me AMD, you are my only hope... Reply
  • yayvile - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    in it to win it Reply
  • jra716 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Winner winner chicken dinner! Reply
  • Fujikoma - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    AMD 5600 AM2 proc.
    AMD 4k series video card
    60 GB SSD
    2 TB HDD
    4 GB mem
    LG Blu-Ray burner
    Computer I built for my mom years ago with some upgrades. Nothing she would probably notice, but I have used it when vacationing to do some video rendering.
    Reply
  • bpurkapi - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I currently have Q6600 and a Nvidia GT9600 4gb of ram on win 8 I'm nearing the end of the usefulness of this setup but dont have the dollars to get any new components at the moment. I would love to be able to play FarCry 3, which I already own and beat with a much improved GFX card. Just want to see all the effects and be able to walk through the jungle without extreme lag. This card will let me do that! I'm also excited about the performance improvements that Manta will bring to games in the pipeline. Reply
  • aravenwood - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am in Reply
  • Tw1stedAltair - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'd absolutely love to have this and give a review for it. I'm using my macbook air for gaming, as my Q6600 desktop is down and out without a graphics card. BIOs brick :(. Looking to do youtube videos and some litecoin mining again, but having troubles rustling up the cash. Reply
  • npcomplete - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Currently I have and am3 system as linux media server, Intel sandy bridge HTPC and a HP envy laptop. For networking - I have two gigabit nether routers connected to a 50/25 internet connection. Reply
  • MCK - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Great idea for a good card. Reply
  • HiDefender - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Phenom II X2 555 3.20 GHz
    8 GB RAM 1600 MHz
    GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB

    The 1 GB of VRAM would be a welcome upgrade from the 320 MB that my current card has; the stuttering caused by loading in textures from main memory has been starting to get on my nerves. I’ve put off upgrading my computer because my wife and I have been saving up for a house, but depending on how well dual-graphics mesh with Kaveri I might be able to make an exception. :-)
    Reply
  • raxton - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My system I'd upgrade has Core2Duo E8400, 4GB RAM, Win XP and using an Nvidia GT430. Its primarily used for playing Shards of Dalaya (an Everquest emulator) and watching movies. Reply
  • SkyBum - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Why yes, I would love a new video card. Reply
  • Chriz - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Have an old system and can't afford to build the one I want, so this would help me get more life out of it. Reply
  • bendermichaelr - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I NEED IT! PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASEEEEEEE

    I currently have the A10-7850k running without help of a dedicated card. For an iGPU, it's doing an amazing job; especially with my gskill ripjaws z 2400MHz RAM. Combined with an ASUS a88xm-a, this thing is rock solid. The r7 250 would really help to make this the ultimate budget system.
    Reply
  • daduong86 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Cool beans, i'm in Reply
  • Toymaster - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Let's hear it for AMD... Reply
  • bs4evva - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would be a great birthday present!! Reply
  • SGTGimpy - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have the perfect place to test it. In my HTPC. Reply
  • tattedmex - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I going to be building a budget system next month with a Kaveri 7850 paired with a MSI A88X-G43 and 8GB of ripjaws 2133 ram, the 250 would be awesome for X-fire. Reply
  • Simozene - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yes please! Reply
  • Instantons - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I definitely need this for my Sandy Bridge build. I'm currently running a meek 7570! Not much better than the integrated graphics on the CPU. This would bring some much needed power to my rig. Thanks for the contest. Reply
  • mgl888 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    More LTC! Reply
  • mclardass - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In like Flynn.. what's for breakfast? Reply
  • Duken4evr1 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My computer has an i5 3470K (mildly o/c to 4.2 with a Hyper 212 EVO cooler) on an Asus P8Z77-V LX board. I have this board as Micro Center had a sweet bundle deal for the proc and board. These are in an Antec Illusion 300 case.

    The computer is used mostly for office work and video editing with some occasional light gaming using the integrated graphics. If I win this kick ass card, I will probably become addicted to gaming, game all the time, lose my job and my marriage and become homeless as a result.

    Entering to win! ;)
    Reply
  • PPalmgren - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    count me in Reply
  • Demomega - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Me too!! Reply
  • Pallan - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'd love to try out Dual Graphics. I'm running a Kaveri 7850k on an Asus A88x. Reply
  • jgarcows - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have a i5-2400 HTPC/light load gaming PC with an Radeon HD-5770 as my main computer. I use the now defunct SageTV to manage my three TV tuners and output via HDMI to a 32" 1080p TV. I've already had to replace the fan on my 5770 once, so a new video card will be very nice. I'd also like to see if there are any improvements in power or video quality over these last couple of generations. Reply
  • SpeedyTheTurtle - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Yay! Reply
  • bkbroiled - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    would love an updated card for my 6 yr old computer, count me in Reply
  • seinzumtode - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Keep on trying. Reply
  • Tdog80 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    This would go in a core 2 duo with 4gb ram running a radeon 4650 currently. Should be a good upgrade. Reply
  • snarfeck - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    i'm in. Reply
  • mlrabbitt - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • noahcollins - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My current desktop:
    - Deneb Phenom II X4 910
    - 990FX chipset
    - 8GB DDR3 1600
    - Radeon HD 4670
    - Two 1080p IPS monitors

    I'm a web developer by trade, so my current GPU is okay for most day-to-day tasks. There are two areas, however, where more GPU compute power would make a big difference:

    1. I do occasional 3D scene rendering with open source tools including Blender and LuxRender. Anyone who's read a recent AnandTech GPU review knows AMD's GCN architecture excels at LuxRender. The R7 250 would be a major boost in this department. Most of my render jobs are simple scenes, so the 1GB VRAM is not a limitation in my case.

    2. Gaming. I don't play many cutting-edge titles, but Civ V, Torchlight II, and Skyrim would be a lot more playable with the new card. I would love to experiment with multi-monitor gaming as well, which would be too much for my current GPU.

    Thanks for putting on this contest! Looking forward to writing my review.
    Reply
  • waltmeger - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I double dog dare you pick me to be able to replace my AMD 4950. Reply
  • Cyth179 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My graphics card just died so I would really like to get this! It would be a nice upgrade from what I had, the Radeon HD 3650. Now I'm using the integrated graphics on my motherboard HD 4290. Reply
  • o1die2 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    Need a new card to replace onboard video. Want to support AMD. Reply
  • powersmo - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    enter me please! Reply
  • zehabu - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm winning this! Reply
  • wbensky - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I would test it out in my Litecoin mining rig. Reply
  • Midgetguy - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    My rig is pretty new and has an Intel Core i5 6470k, 8 GB of RAM, an SSD, and a GTX 760. I took some older computer parts though that still have some life in them (Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 and 4 GB DDR2 RAM) and put them together for a friend who's starting some dabbling into the PC gaming arena and this R7 250 would definitely be a cut above the old Radeon HD4670 I put in there. Would love to win one of these. Reply
  • Midgetguy - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    bad typing skills be damned, i've got a 4670k. although i would so totally wanna see what a 6470k is haha Reply
  • Lord 666 - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I'm going to be rich with all the crypto currency I can mine with this. Reply
  • DiHydro - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    In for the win! Time to fire up the youtube account for a review! Reply
  • pdcant - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    We could all use one. Reply
  • calmnothing - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I am all for winning this. Reply
  • Beefycarnivore - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    I have a 13 year old brother in law who has only gamed on consoles and a budget laptop with integrated graphics. He wants to get his first real gaming computer but has an understandably tight budget. If I won this, I'd help him build his first gaming rig with an AMD A10-7850K in Crossfire to get him started gaming on his 1280 x 1024 monitor. If he's really bitten by the PC bug, he can save up for a beefier card (probably a R9 270X) and this card will make its way into a home brew steam box. Reply
  • halff - Thursday, March 06, 2014 - link

    sure i take one Reply
  • neal.a.nelson - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I would use the r7 250 with an AMD A8-7600 in dual graphics format. 65W CPU & 65W GPU. Reply
  • Outrager - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm currently running an older system with the first gen Core i5 and an AMD 5770. Lately I've been thinking about putting it in the living room to hook up to my TV, but to get the temperatures to something I'm comfortable with, especially in the 90 degree summers, I have some fans in it that aren't super loud, but are noticeable. If I win the R7 250 it will probably drop the heat in this system which would let me use some quieter fans that won't need as much airflow. I would mostly use it to watch videos and some light gaming (currently can't stop playing Spelunky) so GPU power won't need to be that high. Reply
  • Slappi2 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Set me up, Reply
  • d4rks4int - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    My GPU recently died on me (old 8600 GT) and I haven't had the funds to replace it, so gaming is on hold! One of these cards would be a boost and be super helpful! Reply
  • crazzeto - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Oh please pick me Reply
  • KampKounslr1 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    The opportunity to not only have a new card but also to provide a review of it? Sign me up! Reply
  • allenwr1505 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    yes please Reply
  • vcat - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I could use one. I've got a Core i5 box with integrated graphics. I indulge in the occasional old game given my box isn't all that powerful. This card would certainly spice it up. Reply
  • Tony261985 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I could use this for my system which has an Amd AM2+ Phenom cpu and 4gb of ram. This card would be perfect for my son and I to play CS:S together and other games. I have never tried AMD GPUs and i would love to try it out and see what its capabilities are and how far I can push it. Reply
  • ChillKyle - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Dam that sexy giveaway. Reply
  • evongugg - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • danjw - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Sure, if you insist, I will take it. ;-) Reply
  • Fame - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Good luck all! Reply
  • Agrecascino - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    In Reply
  • xme - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    In! Reply
  • Icabus - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    in for this Reply
  • steveb_888 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    still cold here in nc, a new build would keep me busy inside, staying toasty warm..!! Reply
  • WT - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    It's so easy, even a caveman could enter to win ! Reply
  • CU - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Sign me up. Reply
  • zerotool - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    In Reply
  • richardginn - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I love this video card. Reply
  • barryfox - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Need new graphics card.... Reply
  • DragonNOA1 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I have integrated graphics, but the rest of my PC has been upgraded with what you'd expect of a PC enthusiast; unlocked i5, 20GB RAM, SSD, TB's of space, quiet PC case. My graphics are the last thing I need to have a truly great PC. It is what is holding me back. Even normal desktop operations are hindered with IG. I'm preaching to the choir so I don't need to go into detail about the limits of IG.

    This Radeon would allow me to play the latest games at respectable resolutions and frame rates, while also delving into the realm of mining crypto-currencies. I've been in the nVidia camp for some time and would like to see what AMD brings to the table. Winning this contest would help my productivity, my fun, possibly my bank account, and help me become a more well-rounded PC enthusiast.

    Cheers to you and yours.
    Reply
  • Derek S - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Why not? Reply
  • mcorb1 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Please enter me. In the contest, I mean. Reply
  • jbwhite99 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Anand (and MSI and Rory), please pick me. I am not a gamer (unless Sim City 4 counts), but want to do more with Photoshop and the like.

    I am running an Intel i5-2500k, AMD 5770 (which is hot enough to cook a steak on), with 16GB of memory. I have always used lower power video cards, but this was a great deal at the time. I'd like to get something with lower juice requirements, and with summer coming, won't heat up the whole room.
    Reply
  • bfoster - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    May I? Please? Reply
  • AnotherGuy - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I have my work computer that could benefit from having a discreet videocard. Reply
  • mrpalmtree19 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    please Reply
  • jherold - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I've been keeping an AMD 6150 based system I built in 2008 going with minor tweaks here and there. This might be just the ticket to extend its life another year or 2. Reply
  • crumja - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm trying to repurpose an old PC as an HTPC in the living room. I host international students occasionally at my house, and having the HTPC available will let them watch American TV shows and gain a better understanding of American culture, and learn English faster. The PC is an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ with 4 GB DDR2 ram, built all the way back in 2007. The HDMI output of this card will let me easily connect to the TV, and offload video processing duties from the CPU as well. Reply
  • Unkk - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    WooHoo! I have a Dell T7400 with an nVidia gtx660 now, this would be a great upgrade! Reply
  • memon01 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    current configuration:

    Intel core i5 3570k
    Nvidia GTX560
    120GB OCZ Vertex
    16GB memory

    i REALLY REALLY REALLY need to upgrade my graphic card but i cant afford it. help me out!!!
    Reply
  • Dravic - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    MMmmm Gear... Reply
  • subdfl - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    yay Reply
  • davidrhilling - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    give me free stuff Reply
  • steffmn - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Totally in! Reply
  • ONP-DigDug - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    In too! Reply
  • Azuroth - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'll be building a low powered steambox/HTPC, and this should pair up perfectly. For light gaming and media use, the discrete gpu on the machine will work wonderfully, and it will have enough power to help decoding the in home streaming when I play a more demanding game as well!

    Sign me up :)
    Reply
  • Banstyx5 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Just built a A10-7850K system with 16gigs of 2133 memory would love to pair it with one of these cards . Reply
  • jayrads - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    In, I'll take 3 please. Reply
  • jdon - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    This would be ideal for my daughter's intro gaming rig. Thanks for the opportunity, AT! Here's hoping! Reply
  • luckyluciani07 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Hope I win! Time to build a new PC :) Reply
  • VoraciousGorak - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I have a third computer set up in the house for when a friend comes over to game. Currently it is running an A10-5800K APU and 8GB DDR3-1866 RAM. The APU can handle a lot of the lower-end games, but for stuff like World of Tanks it gets a bit sluggish. An R7-250 would give a benchmarkable boost. I think it's compatible with hybrid Crossfire as well, I'd like to see how the GPUs handle that.

    I would also be happy to test the card against my Sapphire R9-290, but I think the 290 has a slight advantage.
    Reply
  • xxilimited - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'll take four! Reply
  • humjaba - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Free things, i like them. Reply
  • cgull.at - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    gpgpu! Reply
  • codemonkey21 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Done. I'm in! :) Reply
  • seanengel - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Sign me up! Reply
  • hbaade - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • NonSequitor - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm using a Phenom 1055T on an 890GX chipset board. Though this was a great setup for a desktop when I put it together, I can't really run any modern games on it, or do shader-based video processing. I'd like to add the ability to do that. Reply
  • kwrzesien - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Would make a great first GPU for my son, I just rebuilt a Core i3 for him and integrated graphics leaves a lot to be desired. He loves to run Minecraft but has taken a liking to Civ 5, so he needs a card to play on his PC. The R7 250 would plug in nicely and work well with the 380W Antec Green PSU. Reply
  • MrFurious - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    in Reply
  • danwojciechowski - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    My wife's PC is an older Pentium Dual Core with 4 GB of RAM and an AGP ATI 3850 video card. The motherboard also has a PCI Express X16 slot, so an R7 250 would be a nice way to put a modern video card in such and old machine. Reply
  • Zefram0911 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'd use it to upgrade my parent's HTPC. They're using an onboard Nvidia chip from the mobo and this could definitely improve their experience. Reply
  • checkmate9 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    seems like nice video card for HTPC build with relatively short length and efficient power profile
    would be great to get one for free
    Reply
  • amo_ergo_sum - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Athlon II X2 250, 2GB DDR2, 500gb SATA Hard Drive, Radeon HD 4670, 500wPSU, 1080p LCD monitor. I play multiplayer fps' on it and could use the upgrade for higher frame rates. Wish me luck. Thanks. Reply
  • irongnome - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I just started building out a desktop with my fiance.
    Simple ITX build out with an A10-6800K as the heart of the machine.

    An R7 250 would be a perfect complement to this.
    Reply
  • Bolas - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Ok. Reply
  • britjh22 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Looking to use this in a cheap AM3 build that is currently using integrated HD 4200 for HTPC duties to expand it's uses to console port gaming as well! Reply
  • TETRONG - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I would like to pair the card with an APU processor in order to have a compact, energy efficient system that would allow me to do content creation with regards to music/graphical productions.

    Would love to see how well it fares with programs such as Jitter, VVVV, ZBrush, Reaktor, etc..
    Reply
  • MWink - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm still running a Core 2 Duo E4500 at 3GHz, 8GB DDR2, Radeon HD4870, 64GB SSD, 1TB HD, 620W PSU, with Windows 7. It's definitely getting old but I can't afford to upgrade. I do a good bit of gaming on it. I would like to win the R7 250 because my current card burns quite a bit of energy and only supports DirectX 10.1. Reply
  • db4williams - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I currently have a Core2Duo (E8400) based machine running an Nvidia 8600 GTS. This used to be a Dell PC but a year ago it crapped its pants and the motherboard went bad. So, I found a decent MSI motherboard on ebay, took the remaining parts out of the Dell box and put all the component in an old Antec enclosure. I think this is still a viable machine. But needless to say the graphics card on this machine is outdated by several generations. Not only that, the card is LOUD! This machine is used by several members of my family to do homework, watch YouTube and play some games, namely Minecraft and some browser-based games. I think this card would be a nice upgrade for this PC considering its age. Reply
  • Muffnman - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    This would be awesome. Count me in! I've been struggling to keep my computer up to date - getting a free GPU would free up budget to update the rest of my aging PC. Reply
  • ap0th - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Definitely want one! Reply
  • themontygirls - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm currently using an old geforce 210 for my workstation to run dual monitors. This R7 250 would be a nice upgrade. Reply
  • Frye - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Count me in Reply
  • siderst - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    AMD provides a great value and that's important for those of us who's spending priorities place the needs of the family before the needs of the gamer (me). So when I look at making a hardware purchase I don't have the luxury of going for top-of-the-line products as they fall way outside my budgetary constraints. I'm left trying to find the best bang-for-the-buck at that particular moment in time. That is why I'm an AnandTech reader and it's also why I'm an AMD customer.

    My current setup is an AMD Athlon II X4 645 with 8GB of slow DDR2 memory and a few SSDs that I picked up when they were on sale. My current video card is a Radeon HD 6950 that worked fine on my old 1680x1050 displays but it is starting to sweat driving my newer 1080p displays. Even though I'm a Dad with kids I'm still a kid at heart and game one night a week with the same group of guys that I gamed with when I was in my 20s playing Doom and Duke Nukem over IPX on a 10Base2 network setup in the bachelor pad. We even have a few LAN parties every year for old times sake.

    An AMD R7 250 would fit the bill in the GPU line of succession and allow me to put the trusty HD 6950 into my son's system... because at some point he will get tired of Minecraft and want to play a DX or OpenGL game. An R7 250 might allow for a more enjoyable BF4 experience when compared to the 6950 that I use today, which is important in the frame rate sensitive world of the 1st person shooter. What better reason could one find for wanting a R7 250 than a better frame rate for fagging your friends?
    Reply
  • michaeldevereux - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    oh hi Reply
  • Hrel - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Yeah, free stuff give away! Reply
  • Arutius - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    wow that would be a hug upgrade form my gtx470 Reply
  • Joe_G - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I could always find a place to use this! Reply
  • paoloc - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I Think therefore I am IN! Reply
  • Amart - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Current rig: i5-2500k w/ Thermalright Ultra 120, Gigabyte Z77 UD5, 8GB Mushkin DDR3-1600, Kingston V+100 96GB SSD, ATI Radeon 3850
    I used to run the above with an nVidia 460 GTX 1GB but a recent driver SNAFU bricked it (half a year after the 3-year warranty expired) and forced me to fall back on the 3850, originally planned for a driver-mod OpenGL CAD workstation.

    I need the R7 250 to be able to record my gaming replays on high enough graphics quality for youtube viewers. While I tend to play and record games without massive GPU requirements, the (awesome for it's age) 3850 is just not enough anymore.

    Here's an example of my work:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llmMxFXEqsU

    I believe in building gaming rigs with high-quality high-value parts - paying a bit extra to be able to overclock and upgrade as required. I would love to see how the R7 250 can perform with popular online games that use older engines like DotA2, World of Tanks replays, and others.
    Would love to provide a detailed video review. Thank you for the consideration!
    Reply
  • Aonex - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I own a Kaveri CPU and would love to pair this card with it for dual graphics. Reply
  • ryanmt - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Me. Reply
  • chizits - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    FTW!!! Reply
  • aleckz - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I would love to use this Radeon R7 250 to boost my FPS.

    I currently run a A10-6790K with no dedicated GPU and I'd like to see how much gain I can get from this GPU. I run most games at 30+ FPS at 720p, but I would like to max out the settings and also try some of the newer titles like Battlefield 4 and ARMA 3. At the moment I cannot run those games fluidly at anything more than medium settings.

    Thanks again for the opportunity!
    Reply
  • Emeralds84 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Awesome! Thank you <3 Reply
  • arctother - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm starting a new build and this card would be a great help! Reply
  • brentK - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    In. Reply
  • tylanz - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • ahw - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    i am in too Reply
  • herrorara - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Thanks! Reply
  • Zorrac555 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I have a desktop with a Core i5-2320, 8 Gb DDR3 but no discrete graphics. I'm really looking to make the step up to a discrete card and would be perfectly happy with low settings/low resolution performance, which would already be a big step up from being unable to play much of anything with the integrated graphics present in my current setup. So, as much as anyone can "need" a GPU--I need (and would greatly appreciate!) this! Reply
  • EnzoFX - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Am I doing it right? Reply
  • godl!ke - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    As I said before, the Radeon 4650 needs to be put down. This would serve as a good replacement. Reply
  • pszalapski - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Quite simply, I need this card because I am stuck with a GeForce GTS 250 and desparately need to upgrade. My system is a higher-end Core 2 Duo which is also slow, but I am finding that I am more GPU-limited in games than CPU-limited. I have 8 GB of RAM and a big monitor, so the video card is really the weakest link. Thanks! Reply
  • tekeffect - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I would like to use this in a existing core 2 duo system repurposed to a HTPC / emulator. Reply
  • biofishfreak - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Thanks for the giveaway AMD/MSI/AnandTech! Reply
  • Cainz0r - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Sweet card! Reply
  • Skipped - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm in :D Reply
  • PyroHoltz - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Woohoo, cool SWAG. Reply
  • Thral1 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • Killrose - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    This would be perfect for my E8400 core2 duo system which is currently using on-board Intel graphics. Need something with a little more power to alow me to play some of the newer games. Reply
  • MilageMayVary - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    not a bad little card! Reply
  • jjf46n2 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    me too Reply
  • Strife21 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    pick me please. Reply
  • mikato - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Me me me me me please me Reply
  • aunomonopia - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Hi, I have desktop with an amd phenom X2 550. I currently have an asus Radeon HD 6770. I use this for gaming on my hdtv. Would love to play far cry 3 at max settings. Reply
  • fear777 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm in... me me me me :) LOL Reply
  • KWottrich - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Sweet! Reply
  • doramjan - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I would gladly provide feedback for AMD! Reply
  • sumludus - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Right now my main desktop is a has only integrated graphics. Given, they're the integrated graphics from an A10-7850k, but since it's powering a 1080p monitor, I don't often get the graphical quality I'd like when gaming. Winning an R7 250 would not only give me a chance to benefit from the card itself, but also a chance to benefit from dual graphics. Reply
  • Psychosylph - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I could certainly use one; currently have an 2011 A6 APU w/ no graphics card. Upgrade wouldn't quite say it... Reply
  • ben.avellone - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'll take one! Reply
  • thornburg - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Sure, why not. Even at the low end, it's probably an upgrade over the 5 year old card I have. Reply
  • TStokes - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    My current setup consists of a four year old laptop and a five year old workstation with a workstation graphics card. The workstation graphics card is great for Solidworks, but useless for games. I can't switch to a gaming card, because that would impact my CAD programs. So my only choice for playing games is to build another computer. I'm not thrilled to build a third computer just to play games, so I'm doing my best to keep the cost to an absolute minimum. The R7 250 looks to offer a lot of performance for the price, so it would be a perfect fit for my budget entertainment rig. Reply
  • dnd728 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    My current setup is missing a discrete card. I need you to start a good luck streak. Reply
  • LLcomputers - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I have built PC's for myself and family mostly. I have generally used Nvidia cards in the past. This card would be a change for me. Reply
  • Rippingfang - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • dochood - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    frei is gut Reply
  • Zhongrui - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    me, me, me! Reply
  • hot-soup - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    post post Reply
  • secretmanofagent - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Please. Reply
  • korkedkevin1 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Hello

    I am by no means the most power hungry pc user, and i mostly use my computer for watching, editing pictures and video, as well as media browsing and light gaming.

    even the r7 250 would be a step up for me as i amcurrently using integrated graphics.
    Reply
  • elessar25 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    This GPU would be a miracle for me! I definitely need it. Here's my setup:

    Sandy Bridge i5-2500K
    8GB RAM, 128GB Vertex 3 SSD, 1 TB Samsung HDD.

    Here's the deal. When I built that system 2 years ago, I was both employed and also not into gaming. Now I'm unemployed and cannot afford a GPU. I have Battlefield 3 and I would love to own the Radeon R7 250 to play it right!

    Thanks AnandTech!
    Reply
  • Widowmaker92 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I hope to get that sweet card Reply
  • ninjagrips - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Could still use one of these in my new HTPC build. Currently running an old 8800gt, it's way loud and outdated. Looking to quiet the system and play games with details high as possible at 720p. Reply
  • ultimatek - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Well my current PC specs are:
    CPU : Intel Dual Core E7200
    RAM: 4GB 1333(OC)
    GPU: Intel X4500(Current), HD3850(old gpu, broken)
    MB: Asrock G41
    OS: Windows 7/XP 64 (Dual OS)

    The reason i would like to win this card is, mine broke a year ago. I was using an ATI Radeon HD3850. I miss playing Crysis, Crysis Wars, Word in Conflict and The Witcher. I used to play these at 1440 resolution or lower if needed on medium/high settings. The AMD R7 250 seems to be a good card to replace the HD3850 and put me back on gaming. The R7 250 may considered low profile, but it packs a lot of power against the HD3850. The AMD R7 250 surely will revive my gaming rig and for the better, it will enable my rig to newer games.
    Reply
  • wallen - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    in, goodluck! Reply
  • Shinobisan - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    My wife's computer currently uses a Radeon 6750 and an i5-2400 processor.
    I have the 'itch' to build a machine again... and I'm starting to work through what it would take to build her a mini-ITX system. Right now her machine is in a full sized tower which sits on top of her desk ... looking rather odd. My plan is to build a good 'desktop' unit in a small chassis.

    She uses her machine for everything from surfing to MS office to Photoshop and Light-room.
    The machine would be used for editing photos, drawing original art, coloring comic pages, ...

    That's the plan. An R7 250 would put me well on the way for the project.
    Reply
  • tallik - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Would love to give this a shot. Reply
  • jeffapohl - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Please, please! Reply
  • SwaggerLIlyJohnson - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    once again entering so i can have my own gpu and not have to borrow my friend's i promise to do an extensive review if i get selected :) Reply
  • arod916 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Can it be me, finally? I never win anything........ and still nothing lol Reply
  • TheWhrl - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    This would be awesome! Reply
  • tjburrow - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    me! Reply
  • rvw14 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I could use it! Reply
  • icedredrink - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    This would be a great upgrade! Reply
  • gunnys - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I want Reply
  • rbuffetta - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I could really use an upgrade and hope that I win. Reply
  • markrb38 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I have two systems this would be good in. One has a i5-3570K CPU and I am using the built in HD4000 graphics of the CPU. I would like to try out some of the new games and while the HD4000 is fine for the lighter stuff it just can't handle what this can.

    The other system is my HTPC that also uses HD4000 only graphics. I would love to see some games on that 60" screen I just got and it would be great for my 3d movies.
    Reply
  • *kjm - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Brother in law needs one big time he is using on board will report feedback, Reply
  • c0nc3pts - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Yes, please. Reply
  • HangFire - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I have a GTX275 on a Q9550, need I say more? I'd replace the processor and M/B only if I had a video card that was worthy of an i7. Reply
  • LarsBars - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    AMD FX 8350
    16GB DDR3 1600
    Biostar TA-970
    Nvidia GTX 470

    I would love to win for three reasons:

    1) My previous experience with multi-GPU (SLI) was TERRIBLE, and I am ready for these three AMD cards to reset my expectations.
    2) I want to witness the difference that crossfire and Mantle make on Battlefield 4 performance in my system
    3) My church has a machine that could really benefit from my old GTX 470, so I am looking for a way to upgrade mine and waterfall it to that machine.
    Reply
  • Rocket321 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I could really put one of these cards to use. I've got a Core2duo system with an aging 8800gt right now. While I still play games its much more casual then when I was younger, as I just don't get as much time. As a result I would love to get a nice midrange modern card for lower power and still good capabilities to play games. Reply
  • inversiondrive - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Current PC:
    Intel Core i5 650 Clarkdale
    ECS Motherboard H55 Chipset
    4x2GB PC3 12800 DDR3 memory
    Radeon HD 6670 DDR3 1GB
    I use my PC for HTPC use (Netflix, Hulu+, .mkv files) and light gaming use (Portal 1&2). I need to win the AMD Radeon R7 250 to replace my aging 6670 which has a failing fan. I'd love to experiment with crypto mining using it too.
    Reply
  • rjlew88 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I'm in. Reply
  • birdbrain5 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Put me in for a new GPU. Still rocking my old 7570, but it's getting a tad underpowered! Reply
  • LeTiger - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I would definitely put this to use! Reply
  • germslopz - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    My current system is an oldie. I have an LGA775 mobo w/ a Q6600 w/ stock cooling, hand-me- down questionably stable HD 6850; 8GB mixed RAM modules and a 640GB HDD. I play BF3 mostly and it runs on medium settings with some lag. Granted that winning the R7 250 would give me some extra boost, my old system CPU is my main bottleneck here. Hopefully later this year ill be able to update to a Haswell setup. Reply
  • Doctor_T - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • rseiler - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Me too Reply
  • Rainmanpaco - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    Hello Reply
  • lan842132173 - Friday, March 07, 2014 - link

    I want thisss Reply
  • srkelley - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    A10-7850K, 8GB of DDR3 @2400 Mhz, Seagate ST2000VX000 2TB HDD (May switch to their Hybrid Drive, reviews aren't stating much of a difference between the two since this hdd seems to function significantly more quickly than others at the same rpm level).

    I use this machine for playing video games, ripping dvd's and streaming them. The games that I play are at all levels. From Rogue Legacy to the Witcher 2 and Metro I'm playing them on Ubuntu. I mostly play native titles but I am no stranger to WINE. I'd like to use this gpu to boost performance of my system, based upon benches it seems like crossfiring will come close to doubling frames in games. I'd love to do that.
    Reply
  • lanestew - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Cool looking card. Reply
  • albiglan - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Sigh. After the first give-away, I bought one already. :-( Ah well. Thanks for giving these away! Reply
  • thedanimal - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Amd ftw Reply
  • GoshenTech - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    One for FW Reply
  • Comdrpopnfresh - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    it's not a 290, but... psssshhhh... if you're going to force it one me:
    YES PLEASE!!!!
    Reply
  • Comdrpopnfresh - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    on* Reply
  • Laststop311 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I just built a HTPC with the AMD a10-7850k and adding this card into dual graphics mode will allow me to turn on higher resolutions in some games or turn up the graphics details in games already running at 1080p. It would be a perfect add on for me and I'd love to make a video review showing it off. Pick me! Reply
  • hls1943 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I'd like to win, only using intel hd integrated right now. Reply
  • Cannonlake - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I would love to win a R7 250. Currently I have a desktop with an intel i7-920, a very nice cpu, 4 GBs of ram, but an old, defective ATI radeon 4850. I have been looking to get a new graphics card for a long time, so I can start gaming again, and this seems like the perfect opportunity. I have also wanted to try out AMD catalyst and new drivers. Thanks for giving away the graphics cards and for considering everyone! Reply
  • eddie_hurst - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Yigity Yigity YO!!!!!! Reply
  • jfisher - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    It'd be great to win! Reply
  • GuardianAngel470 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I'm currently attempting to overhaul my (very old) gaming rig. It's based on an AM3 Asus M4A78LT-M LE, an Athlon II X2, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and an HD 5670 from Sapphire, all of which I got from Cyberpower PC a while back.

    Plainly said, most anything would be an upgrade for me at this point, and I am on a very shoestring budget. I've got very little income, and what's there goes to paying for my computer science degree.

    Ultimately, I'd use it to play some games in my downtime, relieve some stress from the college grind, and free up a little cash so that I can upgrade my core components sometime down the road, which would allow me to more easily tackle some of the larger programming projects on the not-to-distant horizon.

    I am always willing to opine about a product though, and would definitely be willing to give more than a "paragraph or two" about the R7 250 if I won.

    Here's to hoping for a (very) late Santa this year!
    Reply
  • ZveX - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    hope ill win PLS it would be great upgrade from my gt 220 Reply
  • AssBall - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I'd like a R250 to replace the 7770 in my Fiance's PC [our TV computer]. Then I can use the 7770 to replace the 6850 in my Gaming PC. Both would run cooler and use less power.

    I'm not sure how much longer my 6850 will last before I have to bake it, either.
    Reply
  • Antman56 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I'm excited about this! Reply
  • microAmp - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I win? :( Reply
  • PCHardwareDude - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Cool Reply
  • ericmccormick - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Please help out a poor school teacher Reply
  • tkolloch - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Would love to win. Reply
  • dlafave - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Comment Reply
  • dontthink - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    in Reply
  • deecee101 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    This would be a nice upgrade from my NVIDIA 250GTS. Reply
  • DGecko - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Lost my job. I've got some time to spare! Reply
  • Fozzie - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Yes please!!! Reply
  • Scitex - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Enter me please! Reply
  • oscaration - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    i7 4770k with intel mb, 8 gig ram, need a video card for lightroom, starcraft, and CAD design.
    GLHF
    Reply
  • Ekodas - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I would definitely use this to upgrade my kids computer. An Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 in an Intel DG33TL MB. 2GB Ram. Is currently using an HIS Radeon HD 4830. Reply
  • natedogg21 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Same Here :P Reply
  • Erie Computer Repair - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Awesome Reply
  • Hulk - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Let's go! Reply
  • remy1701 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    My friend is building a new system to get back into PC gaming. Unfortunately we don't have much money, so he'd have to rely on using the APU for graphics. So getting this card would be a huge step up for him and definitely keep him gaming happily for much longer. Reply
  • TecMty - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I want that card! Greetings Reply
  • MysticalOrca - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    My power supply died and I don't have a replacement powerful enough for the 7870 I wanted to buy, this card would be a perfect match though! Reply
  • remie - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I have an i5 3450 with an old 9800 gtx. The gpu badly needs replacement but money is tight and luxuries have had to wait. Reply
  • vailr - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Yippee! I win! Reply
  • KurskKnyaz - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • 0ILh6tmS - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I'd like to enter, thanks. Reply
  • redaemon - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • Skarn - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I have a six year-old desktop with an Athlon II 4000+ CPU and a Radeon HD 2400 Pro that I am trying to resurrect as a home server, and on which I might dual-boot for some light gaming (mostly older games). The R7 250 would be a nice boost for the gaming dual-boot that, according to benchmarks, almost keeps up with my best notebook GPU (NVIDIA GTX 560M). Reply
  • mnky9800n - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    i have an amd 7850k with 16GB ram. how can i see my full kaveri potential without a 250X?! I can't. I am currently graphics cardless, what am I to do? Enter this contest of course! Reply
  • Spacecomber - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    As I said regarding the last R7 250 giveaway, I have a couple of computers that could make use of one of these cards. They're both Core 2 duo based systems. One is used as a media server (mainly for listening to online music), and the other is used as a secondary computer for when I'm doing tech work on computers. Reply
  • natengng - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    woooo Reply
  • GreenOrbs - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I currently have a GTX 770 and FX6300 after selling off my 7950 to miners. I don't really need it personally but I would like to swap out the awful card in my folks' computer. They have an i3 with a GT210 (low end-2008 card) which is probably worse than some integrated cards these days. Reply
  • Mark_gb - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I new video card would be a nice upgrade for this pc... :) Reply
  • dcohen32 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    please, just once! Reply
  • 4dm - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    This would be nice Reply
  • Boogaloo - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I want one for my htpc!! Reply
  • farmer john - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Rainbow Camels....

    I have my trusty core 2 duo machine I was able to Frankenstein from Classrooms for Computers after interning there for a month. It currently houses an pentium 2140 @1.6ghz, 160gb hdd, 2.0gb of ram and an hd 4350 w/ 512mb GDDR2. I checked to see if the R7 250 is even compatible with my fossil and it is. The R7 250 would allow me to play DOTA2, CIV V, and run 1080p videos on my 1368x768 monitor easy.

    One love
    Reply
  • houstonj1713 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • sakkoonce - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I have a HTPC I would like to game on.Currently i have a 2400K processor 8GB crucial ram 1TB seagate hard drive using integrated graphics currently. Reply
  • curos2 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I currently have a computer with integrated intel graphics for gaming. It can't play many games in high quality. For example, I play starcraft in low to mid settings. On occasion, I also use Photoshop and do video editing. I would love to get a real dedicated graphics card to improve gaming and the occasional Photoshop/video editing Reply
  • t3hjoe@yahoo.com - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I'm trying to revamp an old computer I built from 2008. I recently upgraded the processor from a core 2 duo e4500 to a core 2 quad q9300 and doubled the ram from from 2gb to 4gb (ddr2 800). I'm trying to find a graphics card that would allow it to play games made in the last couple of years. It's currently running a Radeon hd 2600 xt that has served me well, but just can't keep up anymore. One of the most appealing things about the R7 250 is its low power consumption to performance ratio. I could pick up an older used card that would roughly be as fast as the R7 250, but it would use much more power. The power supply in the PC now is seven years old and only 450 watts. I'm afraid that if it gets overloaded, it could fail spectacularly. I'm looking forward to being able to play games like Battlefield 4 and Planetside 2 on the machine along with a few other releases. It blows my mind that I should be able to convert an old PC into a modern gaming PC for under $100. Reply
  • mnelsonx - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Reply
  • nbatothemax - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    My current system configuration is an Ivy Bridge i5-3570k processor with an Asus P8Z77-V Pro motherboard powering my system. The graphics card would help my workflow a lot. Reply
  • bradforbes - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I would like to post a comment to this post. Reply
  • taisingera - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Nice upgrade to integrated graphics. Pick me! Reply
  • donith - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I volunteer as tribute. Reply
  • elzahir - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I have an old core2duo HP system which had a 9500gt in it, but that died and I havent been able to replace it, and have been running the old integrated graphics for many months. I would use it to play video without stutter and to be able to play any of the games that we own. Reply
  • mononucleosis - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Let me in too. Reply
  • strid3r - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    This would be a nice upgrade.
    :)
    Reply
  • BrianL22 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I want this. Reply
  • kawatwo - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Yes please :) Reply
  • wiesses - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    My current desktop is centered around an A10-5800K with no dGPU. My 3d usage is light; Kerbal Space Program/Torchlight 2/Civ5 via Steam Big Picture Mode on a TV.

    This would be an upgrade to the current integrated graphics.
    Reply
  • Rayb - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    If I don't comment... Reply
  • punjabiplaya - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    Yay! entry to contest! Reply
  • Theshag - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    I'd take one for sure Reply
  • an0n42 - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    The official rules state that all entries must be in English. That said, I can has frea gfx crd plox. Reply
  • nedry - Saturday, March 08, 2014 - link

    The computer I am using to write this post with was built in late 2006. It is a C2Duo with 2GB RAM, an ATI AIW X1900, a SSD and Windows 7. I'm interested in the R7 250 because it would be a quantum leap in graphics processing capability. I can't even get an ATI driver for the AIW since Windows Vista. I would use the R7 250 for video games, video playback, editing, and distributed computing activities.

    Please thank AMD for providing the GPUs.
    Reply
  • rbk281 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Hez Ya! Reply
  • R4z3r - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • shumyikwing - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    me please! Reply
  • altarity - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Yes please Reply
  • Mythbinder - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Currently running an e8500 on a Gigabyte ep45-ud3p MB, 8gb ram, Radeon 5770. With R7 250 I could drop this card in my wife's rig which only has a 5300. Reply
  • uncola - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    My desktop has no discrete gpu. Please let me win Reply
  • dpaneil - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    It doesn't matter what kind of system I have.
    I want this card. Make it happen. Please.
    Reply
  • stratoknight - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    (\O_o//) Reply
  • vbaker9 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I'd like to win that video card and thanks to Anandtech and MSI for the contest. Reply
  • Wildman10 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I am in also. Reply
  • OberonBob - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    My wife's current computer is as such:

    AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8 GHz
    Radeon HD 4670
    4GB of RAM

    It is currently running windows XP.

    I am going to do a fresh install of Windows 7 on a newer, bigger harddrive, and I think upgrading to the R7 250 at the same time would make it be just like a brand new computer for her. I bet it is quieter and uses less power than the 4670, which are both huge pluses.
    Reply
  • Icecold - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I am interested in this card to test its compute ability. Not Bitcoin / Litecoin / etc. but instead would like to see how it does in various BOINC projects and Folding@home. While a lower power card will not put out as many points as a higher end card, often it can give better points per Watt of power consumed.

    I have PC hardware ranging from Pentium 4 era equipment up to an LGA 1366 SR-2 dual socket machine, as well as an i7 4770k, so I could test the card in several different configurations to see where it may bottleneck.
    Reply
  • jep - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I hope I win Reply
  • Poo Burglar - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    One of my children is using a machine with an integrated video chip....this card would relieve a lot of system stress. Hope I win. Reply
  • vdn20 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    count me in Reply
  • jamd315 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    My current system is as follows:
    M5A97 LE R2.0
    AMD FX 4130
    16GB 1600Mhz RAM
    NVIDIA GTS 250

    I am 13 and into content creation, here is some of my work http://postimg.org/image/lv738uyq1/
    I built my system really cheap, only $150 for the whole thing. The graphics card is the weakest part and I have been looking to upgrade, and this looks like it would be great, an all AMD system. If I was to win, my current graphics card would go to my sister, who mostly uses her computer for Minecraft.
    I ^that^ an entry? Or do I just say "I'm in"
    Reply
  • MasterofOssus - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I'd love to take this off your hands. Thanks for putting these on, AnandTech! Reply
  • Homeles - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Still need a new video card :) Reply
  • cousman95 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I have an Opteron 180 and 4 gigs of memory in my build. I also have a Radeon 3850 that is dying and in dire need of a replacement. This would do wonders as a replacement and would be kept to run with a Kaveri chip when I save up enough to update in the late summer. Reply
  • antam58 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    thanks in advance! Reply
  • zxxxxxx - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    i can already taste the power Reply
  • jerleong - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Rolling for a chance to win! Love reading Anandtech! :-) Reply
  • mj0730 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Current system is an aged QX6700 workhorse with a Radeon 5670 HD. The system still works well, but it shows its age for a lot of programs, especially graphics intensive applications like games. I use the system mostly for day-to-use, some video and picture editing, and occasional gaming. Part of the reason I don't play more PC games is because of the cost of continuously upgrading hardware to keep up with the latest software. Right now I play Rome 2 on pretty much its lowest settings. It'd be nice to upgrade this aspect of my system. Reply
  • rish95 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I'm in. Reply
  • mgoldfar - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Count me in too! Reply
  • Onyx2291 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I had an HD 6850 for a couple years now and the fan had been getting loud for a few months about the same time I lost my job. One day the fan got really loud and the temperature shot up to 100+C. I turned off the computer for a few minutes and it wouldn't boot up again, I tried turning the fan by hand and it has a LOT of resistance now.

    I am now using my back up 6570, I had to cut my game image settings by a lot, mostly only Blizzard games but I can't live without my second monitor watching youtube and movies at the same time. While the R7 250 won't have as much power as my 6850 I would like something a bit more powerful than my 6570 to get me by for a while. Thank you.
    Reply
  • ph33rtehgd - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I'm in!! Reply
  • Whiznot - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Count me in like Flynn. Reply
  • centuri - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    If I won an AMD Radeon R7 250 I would give it to my grandson to upgrade his AMD Phenom II 3.2Ghz Dual-Core computer. It has an Nvidia 9500 GPU at present and a new video card would allow him to play newer games. Reply
  • LoccOtHaN - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Hi -> I want ONE too :-) Greets Reply
  • abhiramee08b021 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    i really want this! I dont have a build yet but i am in the process of making one and it will be an Asrock m8, intel 4770k and i want a nice but small graphic card to go with that. Reply
  • BigBenn1 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Great upgrade for 720p gaming and HTPC stuff, hope I win! Reply
  • kafkar - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I play Diablo3 and Neverwinter online. None of them are very demanding and I have 1680x1050 resolution monitor. I think for a low power low cost build, this card would serve me fine coupled with an Intel i5 Haswell and 8 GB ram. Go AMD! Reply
  • BigBenn1 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Crap, skimmed through the rules and missed on what I should comment!!!!!!!
    So I'd like to win the card for my little bro, who currently runs an Intel Pentium G820 (I know it's awful), and an NVidia GT 240, which is also awful. He's a big F2P gamer and as of now, the GT 240 just isn't strong enough to push the 60 FPS standard at 720p with modestly awful settings. Reading reviews on the R7 250, it seems very capable to push many games, especially past titles with great settings at 720, or even modest settings at 1080. That alone is a huge reason as to why I need to win it for him.

    It's a bit difficult to find R7 250 benchmarks of a multitude of games, but using the GPU-z database for some technical numbers, the R7 250 is theoretically 2-3x faster or better in every possible area! It has 3x more floating point performance, which can go such a long way in his 720p F2P games!

    I’m really sorry about double posting, I should have read the rules instead of skimmed through the paragraphs, I hope this won’t disqualify me! It’s for my bro after all.
    Reply
  • LochDhu10yr - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I have a Lynnfield Core i7-920 left from upgrading my main system. If I have a smaller, quieter graphics card, I can use it for a HTPC and light STEAM box. Reply
  • jamesanctil - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Reply! Reply
  • CProse - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Entering to win!~ Reply
  • flutberf - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I have a budget computer with an fx-4170 and Evga GT 430, but the GT430 just died yesterday. And since I have a budget motherboard as well, I have no integrated graphics! I'll probably end up buying some used graphics card from ebay. Reply
  • Jeevis - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Would love one of these in my HTPC, currently using i5 Ivy Bridge onboard graphics. Just got a 1080p projector that I'd like to do some light gaming on. Reply
  • plasm - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    thanks! Reply
  • sritri - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    My current 6870 is aging and struggles to drive my Apple Display. Have been an AMD user for way too long :) Reply
  • ohgod - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I have a Dell desktop with a Core i5 660. It's using an HD 4550 to run my 1920x1200 monitor over display-port. It sucks at gaming. I'd like an R7 250 since my power supply doesn't have a 6-pin PCI-E power cord. No I will not use it to mine. Reply
  • Punamo - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    Me! Me! Me! Reply
  • cyen80302 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • venk90 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I have a mini ITX kaveri (7850k) build. It is my only computer and get used for work, games, general browsing and entertainment. I am a graduate student. This graphics card will help improve the frame rates for my gaming use while having a minimum power budget suitable for a small case and SFX power supply.

    This is off topic, Can you include the AMD Kaveri processors in the CPU Bench section ? Also can you include integrated graphics performance in the Graphics Bench section ? I do understand that all tests may not be same/applicable but even a few things to compare would be good. Its hard to go between several articles for comparison.

    The other thing is there are reports on Kaveri APU forums that when the GPU and CPU is simultaneously loaded the CPU portion downclocks to 3 Ghz. Can you verify this behavior ? and if its due to the APU itself or BIOS issues ? Any direct information from AMD would be really helpful as well.
    Reply
  • viciouz - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    I need a new video card plz!!! Reply
  • dnd980 - Sunday, March 09, 2014 - link

    would be nice to help out my dads aging dell desktop Reply
  • boowoohoo - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Better odds than the lotto, count me in. Reply
  • panthols - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'm in, my son would love this! Reply
  • amorde - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Core2duo 3gb ram. This card should boost the graphic capability a bit. Reply
  • heij - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    This would go great in my phenom II x6 desktop. Reply
  • Falcon164016 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    In Reply
  • Azamu - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Would use to replace an old gt9800. Reply
  • CuriousMike - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Winner winner Reply
  • eddie_hurst - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Yo Reply
  • pantag - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Another giveaway. Awesome. I am in !! Reply
  • ssbbnw - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I would like the R7 250 because of it's low power consumption to upgrade an old PC still chugging on LGA775. Cards like these offering decent performance without much additional power makes it a great upgrade to any PC without a dedicated graphics card. Reply
  • Alex77 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I am in Reply
  • azido - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Nice! Reply
  • xxtypersxx - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'm in. Reply
  • truk007 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    My last discrete graphics card died in Nov of 2012. I recently built a new system with a 4770k, Gigabyte UD5H, and G.Skill RAM; and I have been playing games using the intel HD graphics 4600 (which has been miserable). I have been weighing the pros and cons between the variety of GPUs on the market, and had strongly considered the newer AMDs for the cost to performance they offered. Yet, the prices on their higher end cards have increased (I guess due to the bitcoin-mining trend). I had previously owned Nvidia GPUs in SLI but my experience with them was just so-so (I had to RMA them several times, which was mildly perturbing). I want something that is reliable and will last me a long time and I'd like to find a company that reciprocates loyalty.

    I'd really like to get back to some quality gaming and would love the opportunity to try out a card from AMD. I have always been a frequent gamer and I have been itching to getting back in the fold.

    Thanks to AMD for the giveaway!
    Reply
  • NoctisReitop - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Hey Anandtech! I've got a pretty dated system I use for games: q6600, 2gb crucial ddr2, 8800gtx. I think this card would be a worthy upgrade without needing to completely rebuild, which is currently the only way the machine would get any love. Thanks Reply
  • Apollyon1980 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Init to win it Reply
  • PaperPlate - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Woo! Reply
  • t_r_nelson - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'd love a chance to write a review. Reply
  • riffraff30 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I have a best buy bought HP desktop computer in need of a serious performance boost. The specifications include 8GB of DDR3, AMD Phenom X4-910 2.6GHz, and a 2TB 7200rpm HDD. This machine is your typical Best Buy all purpose desktop computer. I would like to this graphic cards in order to play some steam games. I am hoping this will seriously boost fps in battlefield 4, borderlands 2, etc. I don't mind giving AMD a short review regarding the graphic cards. Thanks! Reply
  • the_game1224 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'm a casual gamer and currently running a Radeon HD 4850 which is getting dated and tough to run current titles plus is not energy efficient compared to the new value cards being released. The R7 250 would give a much welcome bump in processing power while using less power both while idle and under load. Reply
  • cookednoodle - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    My dad is trying to play Skyrim on 7-year old hardware. He could use a boost. Reply
  • Kestiel - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • neilbin - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    i am in Reply
  • quicksilver98 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I would love one of these for my HTPC! Reply
  • Polaro - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Not retyping my story again. But, I'm in. Reply
  • jasonelmore - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Throwing my hat into the ring. Wanna try some of that famous AMD Computer Reply
  • IronGeek - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'm trying to become a graphics programmer & am working on an old (GeForce 7800 OpenGL2.0) Nvidia card that doesn't support the more recent pipeline features. An updated videocard would really help me delve into the full feature set that I need to master, as well as study the work of others by seing it in action. If you can give me a leg up, I'd very much appreciate it! Reply
  • FatalFlaw - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Yay Reply
  • abeernae - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    pick me! Reply
  • Slaves - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'm in :D Reply
  • metalzer0 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'll take this! Reply
  • Sadrak85 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Count me in! Good addition to my media machine. Reply
  • Mutantfrog - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I would use this. Reply
  • SanLouBlues - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    My HTPC is on a few years old 790gx mobo w/ a 3 core phenom 2 at 2.6Ghz and a Radeon 6450, but I'd hope that this could elevate the graphics enough to let me play some more recent Steam games with decent performance on my 55" TV without making the fan noise louder than the game sound. Reply
  • chrysrobyn - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I've got a nearly 2 year old 3.3GHz i3 with embedded graphics and I'd really like to play games at higher frame rates and with higher settings. When I'm not playing Starcraft 2, I'm folding on it, and AMD is where it's at for folding right now. Reply
  • ItsMeZed72 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Nice little card :) Reply
  • radbeard - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    i'm in Reply
  • San Diego Don - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Sign me up Reply
  • NetRat2k - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Gimme :) Reply
  • SmithRiverStore - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'm ready! Reply
  • fumduck - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Could use this to rebuild my son's beater Reply
  • kylekillzone - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Hi, I would like to use this card to test a steam box i am building with a kaveri APU and looking to maybe later to sell for a competitive price to consoles. Around $350-400 would be awesome and it would help alot if i won this GPU. Thank you. Reply
  • Richard_Sherman - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I built my current system about 2 years ago. Previous to that I had been using a Dell Inspiron 8600 for the past 8 years. I wanted to play Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 and frankly it was time to upgrade! I've got an ASUS P8Z68-V LX socketed with a Core i5-2500K running with 8GB of DDR3-1600. Everything else is fairly standard; 500 GB WD at 5400 RPM, a DVD-RW drive, a 650 W Cooler Master PSU, a Cooler Master CPU fan and two vanity LED chassis fans for the case. I skipped on the video card since I was very budget conscious at the time and after doing some research, I was confident the 2500K paired with the 8GB of performance RAM could handle almost every new game under medium settings until I had the time and money to get a video card. This was an accurate analysis; new games run very well and I never felt the need to get a video card. Ironically, it's the older games that do not! Over the past 5 months, my roommate and I got back into playing Day of Defeat 1.3. While the game is mostly playable, my system will churn and the FPS will drop to <7 when there is some serious action or someone throws a smoke bomb. I've tired all sorts of resolution tweaks and console commands to adjust the graphics settings, but I still cannot improve the system performance! I need this video card to improve my Day of Defeat FPS! Also, there's a trade-off involved; my girlfriend tolerates my DoD habit as long as I take her out to brunch twice a month, and the money that would be put away for a video card must be out towards brunch.

    Other than gaming, I use this system to run some Free/OpenBSD virtual machines, where I test kernel builds and just play around with different software packages.
    Reply
  • Noirx7 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Computer is too slow for many apps. Need to speed up video! Reply
  • TechMaster52 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    count me in Reply
  • punkinduster - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    My Current Setup:

    CPU: Core i7-4770k
    MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H
    RAM: 16GB GSkill DDR3-1866
    SSD: 240GB OCZ Vertex 4
    HDD: 1TB WD Black
    GPU: Getforce 8800 GTS 320meg(that should be enough reason right there)

    I mainly use my machine right now for home and general use. I'd really like to get back into some PC gaming.
    Reply
  • Milkman128 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    HTPC here I come!

    OC 5850's are to noisy and unnecessary for TV watchin
    Reply
  • drkicker - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    My 8800GT died, and I'm using my onboard Intel, so I need this to get back to real graphics. Reply
  • ganz - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I would like a thing, please! Reply
  • glennfrogknight - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Honestly, I wouldn't personally use the graphics card because the one I have at home is better.

    However, I am in a PC Hardware course at my college, and every semester the class builds a PC system. I've been pushing for a 7850k+R7 250 dual graphics system for a while now, and if I was selected to receive one, I would give to to the class to use in the building of the system so we could allocate more funds to other aspects (faster RAM, mostly, because that's supposed to matter with APUs). I want to see how far a dual graphics setup can be pushed, and I think it'd be a real interesting learning experience for the class. If verification would be needed, I would be willing to go through the steps needed.
    Reply
  • Mipmap - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I like computers. Reply
  • pavan2391 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    im in Reply
  • Widowmaker92 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I currently have a HTPC thats getting a little long in the tooth (older i3), so the addition of a Discrete Graphics card like the R7 250 would allow me to use my smart tv in new ways. Might even try a little Steam OS on it if one comes my way!!!!! Reply
  • phatswarra - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I am using a Haswell Pentium workstation with integrated Intel HD graphics. The R250 is well suited as a budget gaming upgrade for integrated graphics users. Reply
  • Paul_Mirow - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Turn my Home Theater into a gamer, sure Reply
  • abp - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Yes please Reply
  • Moishe - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I am a developer and work in IT, so I use my computer for a lot of things. It is my DVR, gaming machine, remote connection to employer, MineCraft server, and I watch TV and movies from it. This machine is getting long in the tooth, and the motherboard (Intel) particularly is a real buggy mess.

    My current PC setup is an Intel Core series Q8300 with 8GB of DDR2-800 RAM. I have an AMD HD7970 GPU that I bought so I can play Battlefield 4. Even with that newer card Battlefield was a little slow, so I bought an SSD to load the game onto, and that helped a bit.

    I heard about and read up on the AMD Mantle project and was excited about it when the Frostbite 3 engine came out. But I couldn't wait to play so I upgraded what I could. I'd love to have an AMD R7-250 for Mantle and whatever speed increase I can gain from it.
    Reply
  • ilithis - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I could use it for my parent's machine that doubles over as the computer my little sister uses. LoL would run much smoother on it if it had a discrete GPU rather than the GPU in the AMD APU. It's a prebuilt low end Acer tower from a few years ago. Reply
  • carmichaelhugo - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    woop Reply
  • solidsnake0802@gmail.com - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    In for 1! Reply
  • TheRican - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Gimmee! Reply
  • shyamkumar_m - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I am running Q9400 and N210 graphics card. I purchased Witcher 2 recently and want to play using a better graphics card that can support medium-high settings. Reply
  • voxorg5 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I am currently running an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 with 4 Gb of RAM and an Nvidia 7600GT. This card would be a huge upgrade without bottlenecking my system. I would used it to play some newer games that I haven't been able to touch due to minimum system requirements. Reply
  • RexLuna - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I win! Reply
  • bcrumb - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Count me in. Reply
  • sublime420ec - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    count me in too! Reply
  • pointblank79 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    i3-3225 (Integrated HD4000--ughh)
    8gb DDR3-1600
    128MB SSD & 1TB 7200rpm HDD
    Windows 8.1
    HTPC In a silverstone GD05 case at the entertainment center hooked up to the TV. Its used for internet, movies, and games.
    Reply
  • nerijusuza - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • blizhu - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I want it! Reply
  • mikesz1 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Hope I win Reply
  • ender11122 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Currently running a 6570 and I need to upgrade to play Wildstar beta! Reply
  • calicob - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Nice! Reply
  • maecenas - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I currently have a computer hooked up to my TV and speakers (via a receiver) which is serving as an HTPC. The integrated graphics (intel HD 2500) are capable of providing smooth 1080p video playback, but can't really keep up with gaming. It would be great to add a discrete graphics card that could handle some light gaming, e.g. FIFA or Rayman, as I have a couple Logitech wireless controllers that I can hook up to the HTPC. Also, its a MicoATX case so the small size would go well. Reply
  • dan.linux - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I have an aging Phenom-based system with an old graphics card and recently installed an ssd. With the R7 250, I would be able to breath new life into my computer in order to finally play my library of games on Windows and Linux. The R7 250 is perfect for upgrading my old computer because I don't need to upgrade my power supply or build a completely new computer in order to experience high end graphics. Reply
  • KE4WDN - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    One of these would be great for my daughter's computer to upgrade the graphics in it. Presently using a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3, AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz, 32Gb DDR3 - 1600 and an HD 6750. This would be a great upgrade for her considering. Reply
  • pahong - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I have a 7950 ghz edition with 2 GB ram. I have been using this card to power a three monitor setup. It does ok with games. I want something that will really make my games look like I am entering another world. The R7 will make my games POP! So give me one, please? Reply
  • XiroMisho - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    i am in Reply
  • Bad Bimr - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Finally I know I'm going to win this one LOL Reply
  • biagg - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    My turn? Reply
  • Smokecrasher - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    im in Reply
  • Pox - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • blueblue - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    It would be cool if I got an Radeon R7 250 to upgrade from my gtx460. System is a mini atx board that tries to maximize price point and smallform factor.Hoping for better compute times running video editing and gaming. Reply
  • Someguy398 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Posting to enter. Reply
  • tbdonramon@gmail.com - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I would love to win the R7 250 because I'm a a college student who doesn't have a whole lot of money to burn on a new build. I have been wanting to put together a new computer and I think the card would complement my soon to be system.

    My current setup:

    AMD FX-55
    Gigabyte Socket 939
    Sapphire Radeon 3850 AGP
    2 gigabytes of OCZ DDR PC3200
    Acer 1680x1050
    Windows 7
    Reply
  • wldfire - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    With a current configuration containing a 6450-based card, going to an R7 would make a huge improvement. Though I'm not a heavy gamer anymore, I have a couple of games that I haven't installed, just waiting for the right hardware to do the job. Reply
  • Cephisus - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    This would be a nice addition to the HTPC/Gaming rig in my living room! Reply
  • notathome - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I currently have a Lenovo Thinkcentre With a Core 2 Duo E8400 and I am using the integrated graphics (Q35). I have built every other PC I have ever owned, but when my old PC died, (moterboard's southbridge went out) a friend of mine gave me this one to hold me over until I can save some money to build a new one. I mostly use my computer to browse the internet, edit photos in Photoshop, watch Netflix and to play a few casual games. A Radeon R7 250 would be perfect to accelerate Photoshop and allow me to play the casual games that I really like, such as Diablo and Torchlight. I cannot play any games right now due to the fact that I do not have a video card that is capable of it. Reply
  • ktkrk8 - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    I want Reply
  • willxiv - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    Good luck to all! Reply
  • Zhongrui - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    me, me , me! Reply
  • stahm - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I would pair this card with the hardware in one of our "kids" machines...my kids are just starting to get into computer gaming, and this would be a nice upgrade for them to see that games can actually look really good...the particular machine I have in mind is an home built AMD-based machine with a Phenom II @ 2.4 GHz, 4GB RAM, a 120GB SSD, and Win7 64-bit. It's attached to a SXGA (1280x1024) monitor, so this card should be able to handle most everything I would throw at it. It should be fun watching the kids enjoy some better graphics. Consider me interested and entered in this contest. Reply
  • Eukestad - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I'm in Reply
  • akk31.wolfe - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I'd be using this card to upgrade my father's computer. He has an old Athlon X2 5800 with 4 GB ram and an ancient Radeon x1900Pro. He loves to watch HD videos on youtube and share them with anyone he can show them to, but it's painful for me to see the chop that happens sometimes during playback. He deserves better but will never spend enough on himself for a new card. Reply
  • Sewin99 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I hope to win this awesome prize. I wish to build a core i3 haswell mini-itx HTPC for gaming and light graphics work. I do 3d vector graphics design and like to sometimes use Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. I already purchased a cooler master elite 130 and bought a Corsair HAF case with 140mm exhaust fans. I am hoping to run some water cooling and decided to go with a Silverstone TD03 Reply
  • fireheart041 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Would so be awesome to have!!! Reply
  • Mmooney - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    That's a beautiful card, and the listed price isn't bad. I will seriously consider getting one if I don't win... Reply
  • ChillKyle - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    This sounds like a great giveaway. Maybe I would like to do some benchmarks with this. Reply
  • danierrr - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Do want! Reply
  • danierrr - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Can't edit, please don't count as a double post, but want to give my reason as a haiku:

    Dell Budget Desktop
    with Integrated Graphics
    I want to Game Some
    Reply
  • Captain Fizz - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    In, I am. Reply
  • Yojimbo - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    My old computer getting very old, I recently put together a new system, with an ASRock Z87M Extreme4, Intel i5-4670 and 8 GB of RAM. However, I didn't have the money for a discrete graphics card, so I am using the HD 4600 graphics until I can afford a card. I play games, and needless to say, I am playing a lot of older games and games on low-quality settings and non-ideal resolutions. This card would be a major upgrade from the HD 4600 and greatly improve the range of games I can play and the experience I have with them. Reply
  • Torpe - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    System: Win 7 32, C2D E8400@3.6, 4GB Ram, HDD 300GB Raptor, HD4850. Samsung 24" 1920x1200 LCD. I do light gaming. On occasion I run HL2 or Portal 2. I'd like to lower my power use. This card should let me run those games well enough and use much less power than my current card. Reply
  • gspence2000 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    pick me! Reply
  • Stormpix - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    My current PC is an almost 3-year old HP (Core i5, 8 GB RAM) with integrated graphics on the CPU. I've been running Manjaro Linux on it and the graphics can barely maintain a playable frame rate in Minecraft. I've had great luck using ATI cards with Linux at work, so I'd love to get one of the R7 250's so I can finally have decent graphics on my home system. Reply
  • natts133 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Alright! Reply
  • UberLaff - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Current set up:
    AMD Athlon X6 1090T - 6 cores at 3.2ghz
    6GB's of Patriot Memory
    AMD Radeon 5700 Graphics Card
    OCZ Vertex 2 SSD + WD 1GB Standard HD
    Windows 8.1

    I'm looking for something that can accelerate video encode conversions, accelerate 3d apps, and web applications, as well as some light gaming. This card looks like a perfect upgrade from my current Radeon 5700 GPU which is starting to chug a little and offers little in the way of OpenCL acceleration.
    Reply
  • Myxx - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Current setup is using a very dated card, while the rest of the system isn't that old. A new graphics card would be just what I need to get a lot more out of it. Reply
  • BVKnight - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    This weekend we are building my best friend his first gaming desktop. We've been cutting corners because he has little money, so I'm trying to give him any parts I can harvest or get cheaply. This is the setup we will have. Getting a free GPU would be a great addition, right now we are going to crossfire some really old extra cards I have.

    AMD FX-8320 (got it on sale w/mobo, hoping to use it with better components later)
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    4gb DDR3 ram
    DVD-RW drive
    2x XFX Radeon 5670s
    500w PSU
    Windows 8.1

    He used to play MMOs and would like to get into them again, as well as maybe test the waters with a few FPSes.
    Reply
  • Ammohunt - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Baby needs a new video card. Reply
  • raymo3 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I've recently started getting display driver errors on my integrated graphics desktop,
    aggravating, tweaking and updating, drivers still crashing sporadically.
    I need to upgrade to an R7 240 at least, or hopefully, this R7 250.

    I5 2500K, ASRock mobo, 8Gb RAM, 500w PSU, Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    Reply
  • K3y0perator - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    My Current System Specs
    Cpu: AMD Phenom II X4 910 @ 2.6 Ghz
    Gpu: Radeon 6670
    Ram: 8GB @ 1333Mhz
    Os: Win 7
    Mobo: Foxconn A88gmx
    Boot Drive: Samsung 840 evo 120GB
    Storage: 2 WD Green 1TB
    Case: HP Pavilion Elite e9120y
    PSU: 400 Watt
    Monitor: 1680x1050p @ 60Hz

    Explanation for Current Setup
    This used to be an older HP computer running on a Radeon 4350. That was, until the motherboard burnt out on me and I decided to buy a new motherboard and a few other parts to breathe in new life, such as the 6670. This was my first time doing something remotely to PC Building so I had to do extensive research to make sure what I was doing was right. Even then, that wasn’t enough because I later realized that I needed to have a fresh copy of windows 7,(all I had was an upgrade disc from vista to 7) that’s where the second WD Green comes in, so I wouldn’t lose anything on the first drive. I later added the 840 evo when I learned what it could do for my PC.

    Why the R7 250 Would Be Great for Me
    Getting a R7 250 would be another breath of life again to this Frankenstein of a PC and would improve my video gaming experience. The main games I play right now are Dota 2 and Planetside 2. Other games I play from time to time are: Left for Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Battlefield 3, XCom: EU, and Civ 5. I play Dota 2 on max settings and it runs at ~50fps, until team fights start happening and it starts dropping to ~25fps. While, Planetside 2 is set to the medium preset and runs at ~45fps and gets ~25fps, sometimes lower if there’s a 100+ fight going on. If I were to get a R7 250, I would be able to run my games at faster frame rates or turn up the graphics settings and see an even better world.

    P.S Is it okay for my dad to accept the prize, I already have his consent to enter, because I’m 17? Otherwise please disregard this and sorry for wasting your time.
    Reply
  • wmock2468 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Hello, My name is Wes. I have an AMD FX 8350 CPU, Nvidia Geforce 660 TI, I have a 250 SSD Hard Drive, second 3 TB WD Caviar Black Hard Drive.., 16 Gig of Ram. I would love to see how much better this card is compared to my Nvidia card. I am also extremely excited when I read about Mantle and I want experience the increase with the new API. Love AMD! Reply
  • ThatsABigDoor - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I built my first PC in the past year. Wanting to know what I was getting into, I bought my first discrete graphics card, HD 6570 with GDDR3, for a 4ish year-old Asus desktop with a Pentium E5300 processor, Asus mobo and 6 GB of DDR2 RAM. I decided I would build a new computer but ended up doing it in phases. I upgraded the CPU to a Core2 Duo E8400 and the PSU and bought an Asus HD 7850. It was definitely an improvement, but the 7850 was under-utilized by the Core2 processor. (Now I have an FX 6300 running two 7850s, the other is an MSI). I would like to see how this card, with its faster clocks and memory, runs with the Core2 Duo compared to the HD 6570. Reply
  • c0nc3pts - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Sign me up, thanks! Reply
  • qwertrich1 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    In! Reply
  • mfred - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    My HD 5450 currently runs my HTPC set up. During HD playback it sometimes struggle with streaming and an upgrade like this could get rid of the issues that i'm currently suffering from! Stuttering while watching tv is.... Reply
  • Fyodor - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I currently have a last generation desktop - i5 3570k, 8 gigs of ram, and an SSD - without a graphics card. It's not much of a gaming machine, but I needed an upgrade from a dying laptop. Hopefully winning this will allow me to do some gaming that I've missed out on for the last few years. Reply
  • eso dreaming - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    They poured through the felled castle walls; waves of dragonknights and nightblades leading the charge to take our flag. I valiantly tried defending the keep by laying down a wall of fire to burn the dozens of Ebonheart scum to ash and send their spirits packing back to their own lands. However, nothing happened, no wall of flame, no milk-drinking Nords or Dark Elf curs being incinerated, just lag... and my own death.

    It was this experience that led me on a journey to find that my poor GeForce GT220 card did not even meet the minimum requirements for the Elder Scrolls Online beta play. Alas, I am in need of a new card to play the game when it comes out next month.

    I currently have an HP P6530F with an upgraded 450W PSU. It's not a very beefy system, but I'm on a limited budget at the moment. Winning this card will put new life into my legacy system and allow me to play the game while I slowly upgrade everything else around it. I NEED this card.
    Reply
  • Wifeoftheyear - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I would love to win wife points for my hubby who has a birthday at the end of the month... Here is what I know:
    Our system is an A10-5800K based system with windows 8.1; it's used mostly for casual gaming.

    With this card as an upgrade, he would be looking to do some more interactive gaming.

    Thank you!!! Hope we win!!!
    Reply
  • MeTechE - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    entered last time and didn't win, so I'll give it another shot. Reply
  • Panau - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Hoping I'll be luckier this time Reply
  • dexterkarthik - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Count me in. Reply
  • TecMty - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I deserve this card!! Work totally sucks!:) Reply
  • SnAgCu - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    9:16PM ET, just made it in. Reply
  • Tsukymaiden - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I'm in! good luck everyone Reply
  • rpmrush - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    No thanks. Switched to Nvidia. AMD's last drivers broke Minecraft, which drove my kid nuts, who drove me nuts. A beta driver came out and fixed and THANK YOU ANANDTECH for announcing GPU driver releases and what they update. Had I not checked out the article on 14.2 Beta I would still be sitting with broken Minecraft and a handful of neighborhood kids pissed that they can't play on my ballin gaming PC. They appreciate the 28inch monitor most..lol Reply
  • vortexmak - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I have a mini ITX system with an AsRock Z87-E ITX with Core i5 processor and 8 GB RAM.
    I don't have a graphics card yet. Planning to make my system gaming capable if I win this
    Reply
  • Cravenmor - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    > 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.

    Currently using iGPU in a Sandy Bridge and ASUS board w/8GB RAM. The system runs mostly audio software and some video transcoding, and leisurely tasks include a fair amount of video playback and a few not-so-modern games. On the latter two, a discrete graphics adapter would be measurably notable, and likely the transcoding might get a boost.
    Reply
  • Test42 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I could really use this for my wife's PC which can use a boost in video performance without a heart transplant Reply
  • mesasser51 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Sign me up for one! Reply
  • Slippy_Slipster - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    I cast my entry right here! Reply
  • thrash_metash - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Right on! Reply
  • Xega - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Currently running an i7 4770k with 16gb ram and the igpu on an asus z87 pro. I use this system for lots of video editing and transcoding which would be greatly helped by the addition of a discrete card that is faster than the iGPU. I also would like to be able to play some games at lower settings on my 22" monitor. Reply
  • sil4569 - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
    4 GB DDR 2 800
    Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3P Mobo
    Radeon MSI HD4850
    I could really use a new video card. Due to a care giving stint and health issues. Haven't been able to upgraded since 2007. I like to game from time to time. The Elder Scroll Series is my favorite. With Skyrim out and Dragon Age 3 on the way. Well my card might be able to play at the extreme low end. Also I would like to be able to build mods for Skyrim. So any upgrade would be an improvement.
    Reply
  • angrypatm - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    Perfect for my htpc rebuild/upgrade. Reply
  • manly - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - link

    in for 1 :) Reply
  • vaelyc - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    I'll take one! Reply
  • Lunyone - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    In it to win it! :) Reply
  • hshendon - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    Yes please! Reply
  • chiron69 - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    I currently have a home-built PC with a ASUS Sabertooth 990FX PRO Mainboard, a AMD FX-8350 CPU, 2x4Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a Corsair 850W PSU, and my video card for the past three years have been a MSI Radeon 5770HD with 2Gb of GDDR5 memory. So my video card is the bottleneck for sure, especially when trying to play games like Microsoft Flight Simulator X Gold, Battlefield 3 and 4, and many other great games, that don't get the graphic processing power their engine deserve. ;-) Therefore, I have a hope to contribute with my experience if I am so lucky to win one. Take care! -Ron Reply
  • Souka - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    R7 250? Very nice and I'm very hopeful as my computer is quite aged... Reply
  • doiron - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    count me in Reply
  • Wakalaka - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    913 comments, not a bad chance so far haha : ). Reply
  • Kerick - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    Need to upgrade, mine is soooo slowwww. Reply
  • Wifeoftheyear - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    Have the winners been selected? Reply
  • hectorsm - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - link

    I'm in. Reply
  • Hoosteen - Thursday, March 13, 2014 - link

    I need to pioneer the field of Crossfire and learn if this does indeed work in Crossfire with the AMD HD 7770! Reply
  • Tw1stedAltair - Thursday, March 13, 2014 - link

    Where are the winner selections? Reply
  • akhyn - Thursday, March 13, 2014 - link

    I'm planning on using this card to upgrade my son's computer. He's only 5 and not at a stage where he cares about having the top of the top graphics so a top shelf system isn't worth the expense, however a smooth gameplay matters a great deal to him, I routinely hear him complain when slowdowns appear.

    His computer proficiency is amazing for his age and ahead of where I was at twice his age, yet the concept of turning down a device when not in use still seems beyond his grasp. Power savings become very important to me due to his computer being not only left on all day every day, but usually left running a game.

    The Radeon R7 250 seems to be by far the best shot at achieving the power/watt ratio I'm looking for and should make my son very happy.
    Reply
  • eso dreaming - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    So, who won? I haven't heard anything, so I'm assuming I didn't. Or have the winners not been notified yet? Reply
  • Wifeoftheyear - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - link

    asking the same question... Reply
  • vykos - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    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.

    In December I built a FM2+ based HTPC / Steam Machine with a Trinity APU so that I could later drop in a Kaveri and R7 card for a gaming boost when I needed it. Well, I could use one now! I would love to have an R7 because I really need the impetus to upgrade my (admittedly fine for now) Trinity to the top end Kaveri. I would love a reason to spend my money and try out the fixed Dual Graphics combo!
    Reply
  • abalan@sas - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - link

    I would love to write a review about this video card Reply
  • d4rks4int - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - link

    My GPU recently died and I lack the cash to get a new one, so this'd help! Reply
  • Baarghava - Sunday, March 16, 2014 - link

    I'm Glad to Participate.....
    and I'm sure that i'll win this thing
    Reply
  • rbk281 - Monday, March 17, 2014 - link

    Currently running a Phenom X2 unlocked to 4 cores on a motherboard with integrated 890 graphics which is pretty much butchering my gaming performance. So much so, that I've underclocked to 2Ghz@0.9375 volts to reduce power consumption to well below sub 50W without losing any significant performance in the games I play. The sad part is this CPU is rock stable at 4GHz (albeit at a power draw of over 150W) so it just seems like wasted potential. In fact this R7-250 would be the best card I can run on my rig with this older power supply without PCI-E power connectors. Reply
  • BullDoz3r - Monday, March 17, 2014 - link

    i´m in 2 Reply
  • verydryice - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - link

    Count me in. Reply
  • TehTotalPwnage - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - link

    I want it because it seems like a pretty nice graphics card for a PC build I'm doing soon. My current PC setup is just an HP Probook 4520s. It's not bad, but playing games on it is just too laggy. Reply
  • hsiehinator@yahoo.com - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - link

    i want to win Reply
  • mldemond - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

    I want 1 Reply
  • Vinny DePaul - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

    Count me in please. AMD fan here. Reply
  • smwinn7 - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

    This would go nicely in a build I'm thinking about Reply
  • JTEX1414 - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

    Asus A88x-Pro FM2+
    AMD A10-7850k "Kaveri"
    1 x G.Skill Trident 8GB (2x4gb) DDR3 2400
    OCZ Vector 150 series 240gb SSD
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    PCP&C Silencer MKIII 850W PSU
    ASUS Radeon HD6970 2GB

    My current GPU, an HD6970 was bought in January 2011. It's getting older and will have to be replaced soon. This system is a media center PC, and with an AMD R7 250 running the graphics I know it will be able to provide solid gaming performance, while not requiring the hefty load of power power that larger cards would need, taking advantage of my Gold Certified PCP&C PSU.

    Overall, with an AMD R7 250 in my system, I'll save money from reduced power consumption, while still enjoying solid gaming performance.
    Reply
  • mtwohey2@yahoo.com - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

    Enter me too. Reply
  • gwilkers - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    This would be a huge step up for me. Reply
  • IsunYou - Sunday, March 23, 2014 - link

    so kawaii Reply
  • Munchkin83 - Sunday, March 23, 2014 - link

    Sure, why not. Reply
  • Wcschuyler - Monday, March 24, 2014 - link

    Meee id love to try dual graphics Reply
  • savio.coelho - Monday, March 24, 2014 - link

    me 2 Reply
  • Stormpix - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    My current PC is a HP 6200 Pro that's about 3 years old. It has a Core i5-2400, 8 gigs of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. Because it was originally intended as an office machine, it has a OEM-style AMD Radeon HD 6570. I alternate between using Windows 7 Professional and various Linux distros (Manjaro, Arch, Debian, Ubuntu) on this machine. Having an R7-250 would make a huge improvement to my graphics performance. From all of the reviews and specs I've read, the R7-250 should vastly outperform my current card, while consuming around the same amount of power. My HD6570 sometimes struggles even with things as simple as Minecraft, so a R7-250 would make a gigantic difference in my frame rates. And, because the R7-250 is so efficient, I wouldn't feel bad leaving my PC running all night if I wanted to mine crypto coins! Reply
  • gorumskev - Friday, March 28, 2014 - link

    *hand in the air* Reply
  • noctagala - Saturday, March 29, 2014 - link

    As I posted in another article, I would give this to my buddy if I won who is building a pc off of a tight budget. I do all of the work for him for free as far as setup, building, etc. etc., but his budget is tight enough to where he is getting a part a month at best. At this time, he has a i5 4670k I believe, a gigabyte MB, 8 gigs of black mamba 1866, a 120GB SSD acting as his system with a couple games on it and an older Seagate acting as a data drive. Right now he is running an older radeon 5750 that I had outgrown and gave to him to fill in the slot until he gets something better. He is a volunteer fireman in his area and works for a well known department store that does not want to pay much to their employees... and that is pretty much all there is to do where he works. Rough life lol Reply

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