Radeon R9 270 

Released November, 2013
  • 900 MHz
  • 2 GB GDDR5
7.3 Out of 10

Explore 3 desktops with the Radeon R9 270
GPU overclocking potential is quite good, even with the ASUS card being overclocked out of the box already.
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With a retail price of $185, the card is just $5 more expensive than the AMD reference design.
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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon R9 270 among Desktop GPUs


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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


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


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Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R9 270

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 270
251.26 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
182.53 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

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57.24 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
56.77 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Battlefield 4

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Crysis 3

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Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon R9 270

During gaming, power consumption is good, making the card a very power efficient choice on the current market.

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Unfortunately we didn't receive a R9 270 reference board from AMD, so we don't have the reference design performance numbers to compare to.
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The card is also overclocked out of the box, to 975 MHz, which is a 50 MHz overclock; the reference AMD Radeon R9 270 Non-X uses a 925 MHz clock.
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Overclocking on our sample worked well and gained another 10% real-life performance.
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The card isn't exactly new, it's basically an R9 270X (with the same amount of shaders), same memory, but lower clock speeds.
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Memory doesn't overclock so well, because of the Elpida memory chips used.
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Memory isn't overclocked at all, and remains at the default of 1400 MHz.
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The ASUS R9 270 DC II OC comes overclocked out of the box, which gives it a performance boost.
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It would have been nice to see an overclock on memory, too, the memory chips are specified to 1500 MHz, so this would be easy.Non-gaming power consumption of the card can not impress.
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The ASUS card we are reviewing today is overclocked though, which negates any power consumption reductions that would have been gained from the lower clock speeds.
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We see quite high levels in single monitor idle, multi-monitor idle and Blu-ray playback, issues that are common to many AMD cards.
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In multi-monitor/Blu-ray AMD cards have notoriously bad power consumption, NVIDIA provides much better results here.
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It is faster and cheaper than GTX 660, having about the same price/performance as HD 7870, but it's faster.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Curacao
Market Desktop
Clock speed 900 MHz
Turbo clock speed 925 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card None

raw performance

Shading units 1,280
Texture mapping units 80
Render output processors 32
Compute units 20
Pixel rate 29.6 GPixel/s
Texture rate 74 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,368 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,400 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,600 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 179.2 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 150W
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I highly recommend any R9 270, No matter what brand you buy, you are going to get a strong 1080p graphics card. You can get a R9 270 now for around $150-$179. I am glad to see prices go down and performance go up. And I will finally be happy when we can finally buy a High End GPU for around $90, And a Mid Range for around $60 And the lower Mid at around $30. To be honest that is how cards should be priced. It does not take much money at all to manufacture them, And they make well over %100 percent profit even with prices getting better. So it is nice to see them being more fair with prices. But we still need them to let go more. Gaming PC's are now the most popular gaming platform since the Xbox One and PS4, People are tired of paying insane prices for something that is just supposed to play games! Not only are they asking $200 too much for the PS4 and Xbox One, But you can't upgrade it, And you can't do near as much with console as you can with a gaming PC. And you can now get a decent gaming pc for about the same price of the Xbox One and PS4. So lowering GPU prices would be a smart move, They would sale much much more making more money than they did selling them at a slower rate with higher price tags. But anyway, The R9 270 is absolutely a solid performer! It not only beats the GTX 660 in performance but it matches the 660 Ti and comes very close to the GTX 760, Even out performing the GTX 760 in some games. Also this card scales very very well in crossfire, I saw a review on the R7 265 in crossfire and it came close to the GTX 780 non Ti, (link to review): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl0EYFfV_-c So I would say the R9 270 in crossfire would match most high end cards.
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