GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 270X vs 970 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

7.7

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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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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Significantly better 3DMark06 score 23,610 vs 15,071 More than 55% better 3DMark06 score
Front view of GeForce GTX 970

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Significantly better PassMark score 8,563 vs 4,658 Around 85% better PassMark score
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 6,000 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 192 GB/s More than 15% higher memory bandwidth
Higher pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s vs 36.8 GPixel/s Around 60% higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 56 vs 32 24 more render output processors
Significantly better T-Rex score 8.69 frames/s vs 4.36 frames/s Around 2x better T-Rex score
Much better PassMark direct compute score 4,375 vs 1,062 More than 4x better PassMark direct compute score
Much higher BioShock infinite framerate 107.6 fps vs 55.1 fps More than 95% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Much higher crysis 3 framerate 50.6 fps vs 24.5 fps More than 2x higher crysis 3 framerate
Significantly better fire strike factor score 72.7 vs 51.83 More than 40% better fire strike factor score
Better floating-point performance 3,494 GFLOPS vs 2,944 GFLOPS Around 20% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 109.2 GTexel/s vs 92 GTexel/s Around 20% higher texture rate
More shading units 1,664 vs 1,280 384 more shading units
More texture mapping units 104 vs 80 24 more texture mapping units
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,500 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 148W vs 180W Around 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 270X vs GeForce GTX 970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 270X
251.26 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
212.39 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 270X
57.24 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 270X
1,298.8 frames/s
GeForce GTX 970
1,225.93 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 270X
3,353.98
GeForce GTX 970
3,358.38

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 270X
3,713.26
GeForce GTX 970
3,715.92

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Comments

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Cheaper to buy, yet the Power will cost you twice as much than the GTX 970 alone.
gtx 970 have DX 12
How the hell does the R9 270 beat the 970 in DX9?
A single 390 would be better than 2 270xs.
No one is good, And the other is much much better. But the other is more expensive.
I don't think that is a good idea. I am not saying that you would not get some improvement, you would. I just don't think that you would get as much as you expect, partly because the vram on the two cards do not stack. In fact, I may be wrong but I doubt that 2x 270s would even match the 970. Add to that the fact that the, two, already quite power hungry 270s would use twice the amount of power and output twice the amount of heat and noise. I may have missed something but it just seems like you are trying to avoid the 970 because you favour that manufacturer, which is fair enough but I would suggest buying the next higher end card, rather than using two lesser cards.
Buy 2 R2 970x cards for cheaper than the GTX 970 GGEasy
both are good imo
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