Video cards and cars are very much alike in a lot of ways. There are fast video cards which crank out pixels faster than greased lightning, and then there are affordable graphics adaptors that the average consumer can use to play games at more reasonable speeds. Sure, we’d all like to have the equivalent of a Porsche, but sometimes all we really need to get the job done is a practical Ford. It may not be as fast, or fancy, but it will get you from point A to point B. The Radeon 9250 was a graphics card by ATI, launched in 2004. Built on the 150 nm process, and based on the RV280 graphics processor, the card supports AmigaOS 4.x and Warp3D are supported. The RV280 graphics processor is a relatively small chip with a die area of only 81 mm² and 36 million transistors. It features 4 pixel shaders and 1 vertex shaders, 4 texture mapping units and 4 ROPs. Sapphire has placed 128 MB DDR memory on the card, which are connected using a 64-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 240 MHz, memory is running at 200 MHz. Being a single-slot card, the ATI Radeon 9250 does not require any additional power connector, its power draw is not exactly known. Display outputs include: 1x DVI, 1x VGA, 1x S-Video. The Radeon 9250 isn’t really a bad graphics core. A slow core yes but not really a bad core. For those of you who are looking for doing their homework on the AmigaOne systems the Radeon 9250 is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s inexpensive, and has excellent 2D image quality, and its dead quiet. With a retail price of £35.99 on the webstore of pcupgrade the Radeon 9250 is quite affordable and gives your AmigaOne the basic needs. From where we sit, the Radeon 9250 is most definitely a low end video card, and for those applications a games where a low end graphics card is required, it does the job admirably.

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