GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 270 vs 550 Ti among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.4

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon R9 270 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon R9 270  based on its benchmarks and compute performance.

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Front view of Radeon R9 270

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 270

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 270

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Better PassMark score 4,254 vs 1,923 Around 2.2x better PassMark score
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 179.2 GB/s vs 98.5 GB/s More than 80% higher memory bandwidth
Higher effective memory clock speed 5,600 MHz vs 4,104 MHz More than 35% higher effective memory clock speed
Better floating-point performance 2,368 GFLOPS vs 691.2 GFLOPS Around 3.5x better floating-point performance
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Significantly better fire strike factor score 59.85 vs 20.42 Around 3x better fire strike factor score
Higher pixel rate 29.6 GPixel/s vs 7.2 GPixel/s More than 4x higher pixel rate
Higher texture rate 74 GTexel/s vs 28.8 GTexel/s More than 2.5x higher texture rate
Significantly more shading units 1,280 vs 192 1088 more shading units
More texture mapping units 80 vs 32 48 more texture mapping units
Higher memory clock speed 1,400 MHz vs 1,026 MHz More than 35% higher memory clock speed
Better manhattan score 3,717.7 vs 3,539.52 More than 5% better manhattan score
Better particle simulation score 378.32 mInteraction/s vs 142.97 mInteraction/s Around 2.8x better particle simulation score
More render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors
Better PassMark direct compute score 2,218 vs 794 More than 2.8x better PassMark direct compute score
Higher battlefield 4 framerate 65 vs 48 More than 35% higher battlefield 4 framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Lower TDP 116W vs 150W Around 25% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 270 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 270
293.29 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
44.27 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 270
57.24 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
17.38 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 270
993.85 frames/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
470.72 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 270  vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti 

9.2
8.8
With a retail price of $185, the card is just $5 more expensive than the AMD reference design.
Radeon R9 270

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