Gainward GTS250 2048MB Limited Edition: Summary
In fact, Gainward GTS 250 2048MB should be regarded as a common GeForce GTS 250 1GB using the same criteria. These graphics accelerators outperform Radeon HD 4850 1GB in most benchmarks giving in significantly only in Red Alert 3: Uprising and S.T.AL.K.E.R.: Clear Sky in 1920x1200, where the performance of this class of graphics solution is too low to have any real practical value. Nevertheless, ATI cards are faster in a number of games, which could also be the case for multiple games that we are not using during our benchmarking sessions. Therefore, the decision should solely be based on the type of games you prefer to play.
Other peculiarities of the Gainward solution we reviewed today are pretty minor and do not have any serious effect on the final verdict. Although we would like to remind you once again that this solution boasts extremely quiet and efficient cooler. Acoustics is of primary importance to many users out there and may become the primary reason for getting this particular GeForce GTX 250 model.
- Outperforms ATI Radeon HD 4850 1GB in most tests;
- 2GB of local video memory onboard;
- Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
- Minimal effect of enabled FSAA on performance;
- Hardware HD video decoding;
- S/PDIF sound over HDMI;
- Low noise;
- Highly efficient cooling system;
- Individual HDMI port.
- No DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 support;
- Incomplete VC-1 decoding support;
- No built-in sound core;
- Requires two power connectors.