Overall, the Gigabyte GV-N250OC-1GI placed nearly in the middle of the pack of our mid-priced assortment of graphics cards. It wasn't really a challenger to the higher priced GTX 260 Core 216 or Radeon HD 4870 cards, but easily surpassed the older GeForce 9800 GT and 8800 GTS 512. Compared directly with a GeForce 9800 GTX+, however, things get really tight. Although the two cards are, for the most part, equals on the battlefield, we consistently saw small performance gains in our benchmarks by the older 9800 GTX+. The only instance where the GTS 250 really did outgun the 9800 GTX+ was in Far Cry, where the card's 1GB frame buffer kept frame rates much higher on the GTS 250 than its counterpart. Comparisons with a Radeon HD 4850 were also a mixed. Depending on the game engine, each card had its minor victories, with the notable exception of H.A.W.X., where the DX 10.1 compatible part from ATI took the lead.