Radeon R9 270X 

Released October, 2013
  • 1 GHz
  • 2 GB GDDR5
7.6 Out of 10

With a core clock of 1100 MHz, the GPU overclock isn't as large as on other cards, but the 25 MHz memory OC will help with performance.
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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.
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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon R9 270X


Real world tests using the latest 3D games

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battlefield 3 (2013)


Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

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

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

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Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2013) and Passmark Direct Compute

Noise and Power

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

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GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks, Compute Performance and Noise and Power

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon R9 270X

Passmark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance

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

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Battlefield 3 (2013) 1920x1080 - Ultra quality + FXAA-HIGH

Radeon R9 270X
84.3 fps
GeForce GTX 770
126.2 fps
Radeon R9 280X
106.5 fps
Interestingly, it doesn't meet the recommended system requirements for "Battlefield 4," the season's most hotly anticipated game for the PC platform.
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BioShock Infinite 1920 x 1080 - Ultra preset + DX11 (DDOF)

Radeon R9 270X
55.1 fps
GeForce GTX 770
83.4 fps
Radeon R9 280X
73.9 fps

Civilization 5 Texture Decomp (2013) Using the newest graphics cards Civ V can speed screen transitions by reducing texture sizes

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

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Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon R9 270X

GPU overclocking potential is quite good even though the ASUS card is overclocked out of the box.

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But the difference is quite big, bigger than the extra performance delivered, which has the R9 270X HAWK fall behind the HD 7950 in performance per watt.
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The card is overclocked out of the box, giving it a 3% performance advantage over the stock R9 270X, which matches the HD 7950 in performance and is 11% faster than the HD 7870.
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In idle it's pretty quiet, but not as quiet as it should be, given what we've seen from other cards in its price and performance range.
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We've seen excellent noise levels from previous MSI GAMING series cards and the R9 270X GAMING is no exception here.
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The R9 270X reference design was actually significantly better than the HD 7950 in that test, yet I still think overall gaming power draw is reasonable for such a product as the HAWK.
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Overall the card is a good choice if you are looking to play games at full HD, with good details and don't have a lot of money to spend.
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TES: Skyrim is a very large sandbox game that rejects the quality-quantity inverse proportionality.
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Power draw is also a bit higher while gaming, which is as expected since the card is overclocked out of the box.
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MSI's R9 270X GAMING is currently available online for $220, which is a $20 price increase over the reference design.
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With a price of $210, the card is just $10 more expensive than the cheapest R9 270X on the market.
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In terms of pricing the card is very competitive, it is available online for $200, which means there is no price increase at all for higher clocks and cooler.
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Currently, the MSI R7 270X HAWK is available online for $230, a $30 price increase over the Radeon R9 270X reference design.
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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.
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It would have been nice of ASUS to also include a memory overclock to help with performance, and while the memory chips are not amazing overclockers, they could certainly handle a few MHz extra.
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You can also see a memory pad here; it cools some of the memory chips (not all).
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Curacao
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,030 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,080 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon R9 270X 1 GHz 2 GB

raw performance

Shading units 1,280
Texture mapping units 80
Render output processors 32
Compute units 20
Pixel rate 33 GPixel/s
Texture rate 82.4 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,637 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

noise and power

TDP 180W
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Hey guys! If you intresting check out this build using R9 270x ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqS1RokX0EY&list=PLrhDBwvPaHV8X4UPLeDZSbPayyFvQTTkt&index=2
with what processors have you tried r9 270x from gigabyte in games? i get 60 fps in far cry 3 with all details at maxx @1080
low price better performance .......... amd r9 270 is beat all cards as well as nvidia for r9 price range . its better now (amd)............
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