GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 270X vs 550 Ti


Real world tests using the latest 3D games

crysis: warhead (2013), Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City and 6 more


Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

Passmark, 3DMark 11 Graphics, 3DMark Vantage Graphics and 3DMark06

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

Passmark Direct Compute

Noise and Power

How loud and hot does the card run idle and under load


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Too close to call

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 270X

Reasons to consider the
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Much better 3DMark06 score 23,610 vs 2,272 Around 10.5x better 3DMark06 score
Significantly higher clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 28,000 vs 9,923 More than 2.8x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better passmark score 4,518 vs 1,923 More than 2.2x better passmark score
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz vs 4,104 MHz More than 45% higher effective memory clock speed
Better floating-point performance 2,816 GFLOPS vs 691.2 GFLOPS More than 4x better floating-point performance
Higher pixel rate 35.2 GPixel/s vs 7.2 GPixel/s Around 5x higher pixel rate
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Higher texture rate 88 GTexel/s vs 28.8 GTexel/s More than 3x higher texture rate
More shading units 1,280 vs 192 1088 more shading units
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,500 MHz vs 1,026 MHz More than 45% higher memory clock speed
Significantly higher battlefield 3 framerate 84.3 fps vs 31.4 fps Around 2.8x higher battlefield 3 framerate
More texture mapping units 80 vs 32 48 more texture mapping units
Better passmark direct compute score 2,358 vs 796 Around 3x better passmark direct compute score
More render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 192 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 15,553 vs 8,520 Around 85% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Lower TDP 116W vs 180W More than 35% lower TDP

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

Passmark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

3DMark Vantage Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 10 GPU performance

3DMark06 Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 9 GPU performance

Passmark Direct Compute Measures performance of general-purpose computing using Microsoft DirectCompute

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 270X  vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti 

The 28 nm "Pitcairn" silicon, on which the Radeon R9 270X is based, features 1,280 stream processors based on the Graphics CoreNext micro-architecture, 80 texture memory units (TMUs), 32 raster operations units (ROPs), and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory.
Radeon R9 270X


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