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ASUS Radeon R9 270 

GPUBoss recommends the ASUS Radeon R9 270  based on its compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Higher clock speed 1,100 MHz vs 950 MHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz vs 5,600 MHz More than 5% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz vs 975 MHz Around 20% higher turbo clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,500 MHz vs 1,400 MHz More than 5% higher memory clock speed
Front view of Radeon R9 270

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Better PassMark direct compute score 2,223 vs 1,062 More than 2x better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 150W vs 180W More than 15% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 270X vs Radeon R9 270

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Radeon R9 270X
251.26 mHash/s
Radeon R9 270
251.26 mHash/s

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Radeon R9 270X
57.24 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 270
57.24 mPixels/s

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Radeon R9 270X
1,298.8 frames/s
Radeon R9 270
1,298.8 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 270X
Radeon R9 270

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Radeon R9 270X
Radeon R9 270

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then why not buy in the usa and ship it to you? Would that save you money? I cant ee it costing 160 dollars to ship a card anywhere in the world. COming from china its just 20 bucks.
i overclocked it to 1365mhz for core clock amd for memory clock it is 1950mhz
I agree. If it's the same price, grab the 270x. It's better binned, so it's higher clocks out of the box, and you might be able to OC it even further. From personal experience, I'd say 5-7% is doable, maybe up to 10% if you get lucky. Past that, I've only found instability.
FYI: If you see a 4gb 270x, it's not a great deal, as the 270x doesn't have the speed or memory bandwidth to really use the extra 2gb in most cases. I would recommend not paying a premium to get a 4gb 270x card. Even the 280 series (which is better and faster) can only make use of 3gb, more than 2gb on a 270 or 270x is a waste.
Just in case anyone is looking at getting these cards - Can't speak for the 270x, but the 270 is a bit unstable. I suppose thats why there is a different version. If you want this card, get the 270x version.
Try a compare site so you can get the cheapest one
The true reason that the r9 270 is the overclock the r9 270 is made cheaper so you could overclock it to r9 270x
Some individuals, like several of my clients, wish to play games but don't care about overclocking, voltages, blah blah blah to them. They just want the better deal. Right now a HIS 270x is $159 the 270 is $149. 270x is the better deal at least at this moment.
Which in turn increases the wattage used. The 270x is just an OC'd version of the 270 lol. Seriously guys, c'mon ;)
haha sounds like someone with all the gear and no idea ;)
only difference in these 2 cards is the base clock speed so oc your 270 and it will be 270x for cheaper
Brian, Where I live, all PC parts are 2-3 times more expensive than in the USA/Europe.
Ok AMD finally fixed the dam driver issue! Should not have taken that long! I used my old 650 Ti until they fixed it. Now I can finally use my R9 270. I traded my 650 Ti for a HP 2009m monitor that was still in it's box. I am sure the 650 Ti was worth more than the monitor. But I needed a new monitor and since the rich little punk never took the monitor out of it's box it is like new. (He said his parents got the wrong one) It must be nice to have mom and dad buy you new monitors and pc parts like that. He has a 780 SLI setup and is going to try and use my old 650 Ti for physx. However I do not see a 780 sli setup needing help with physx. Especially from my old five and dime 650 Ti. But rich people are stupid!
300? what rip off artist is overcharging for a GPU that should only be about $150? I paid $179 for mine, But the price has gone down since then. So even when they first came out they should never have been near $300. Hell you can now get a R9 290 for less than $300.
I'm dumping AMD! I am sick of AMD's drivers! I have reported constant on every driver release about Mafia 2 problems and they ignore it. And it gets worse each update. So I am stuck with driver 14.4, If I use any other driver than 14.4 I get bad artifacts in older games like Mafia 2. And you still see tiny artifacts now and then even with 14.4. I am getting the GTX 970! It kills the R9 290X and it is much cheaper than the R9 290. I also want my smooth drivers back that I had with my 650 Ti.
270x of course!
Here I found them both for USD300 (exactly the same price), which one would you buy?
Went with the 270, $35 less for nearly the same performance.
but he can overclock the 270 to what the 270x can get to.
OOOPS! I was wrong! Some R9 270X models have Elpida too, And so do all AMD cards, No matter what model you buy you may get Hynix or you may get Elpida. I was also wrong about some R9 270 non X cards beating some of the X model also overclocked, Yes it is true that a R9 270 will run just as fast if you match the X model's clock speed, But the X model can overclock higher than the non X.
This is true! Some models of the R9 270's beat some models of the R9 270X with both overclocked, Which is probably why they are using Elpida ram in allot of them, So they can keep you from running the ram past stock to keep it's performance down under the 270X's
It would be a wise choice to get the R9 270, as if u know how to overclock'em well. u can make it into an 270X
Well it's 20 bucks less than the X so I would get the 270.
And add to the electricity bill?
Have you considered using case fans?
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