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Oct
7
2013

AMD Radeon R9 270X: Benchmarks, Review and Teardown

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With a new era of UltraHD gaming upon us, AMD has unleashed its latest R9 and R7 series of graphics cards for those who are looking for a more immersive experience. With games and applications becoming more complex, the need for more powerful GPUs has also grown. Utilizing AMD's Graphic Core Next (GCN) architecture and Mantle, the new R9 and R7 series should offer an amazing gaming experience.

The Card

The new R7 and R9 AMD graphics card utilize a new, fresh design that give the graphics cards a much needed aesthetic update.

Bottom

Side

Powering the AMD R9 270X requires two 6-pin power cables.

Cooler

PCB

Here you can see the PCB of the AMD R9 270X with its cooler removed.

IO Ports

On the back, you'll find one display port, one HDMI port and two DVI ports.

Benchmarks

Temperature

After a 15-minute burn in using Furmark, the AMD R9 270X stuck around 78° Celsius.

Graphics Tests

Bioshock Infinite

We chose to use Bioshock Infinite to test the video card due to its magnificient visual qualities and the fact that it is one of the most popluar PC games out at the moment. This will allow us to get an accurate benchmark of how the card will perform in real life scenarios. We tested the AMD Radeon R9 270X and the other graphics cards using the built-in benchmark tool under the 1920x1080 resolution with ultra graphics and DDOF enabled.

For it's price point, the AMD Radeon R9 270X is a great card. It was able to achieve 55.2 frames per second on Ultra settings while playing Bioshock Infinite. This will make it possible to enjoy games on even the highest settings while still achieving playable frame rates.

Although it performed a little slower than the GTX 660Ti, driver updates and further optimization ought to shorten the performance gap.

Heaven 4.0

Widely used to test the capability of a GPU, Heaven benchmark puts maximum stress on the GPU allowing you to check stability issues and real time performance of the card. It also generates real-time in game video that gives the user an accurate reading of the cards capability. The settings that we used to test the cards were as follows: 1920x1080p Full Screen, 4x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, and Normal Tessellation.

In the Heaven 4.0 benchmark, the R9 270X performed better than the NVIDIA GTX 660Ti. It finished with an average of 41.6 frames per second.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

3DMark Fire Strike offers extensive features and unbiased results by testing the full potential of DirectX 11 hardware. It is considered to be the best option out there when trying to find out the power of one’s computer as it tests both the graphics and physics capabilities of a GPU.

Again, the AMD R9 270X performed better than the GTX 660Ti but a little slower than the GTX 670. This means that it all comes down to optimization and is likely the reason why it performed worse in Bioshock Infinite.

Compute Tests

CLBenchmark 1.1.2

CLBenchmark is a high-performance compute benchmark tool that allows you to test the CL capabilities of a GPU.

    Physics Fluid Simulation

The fluid simulation tests the physics capability of the graphics card. The test consists of 32,000 particles that are testing using Marching Cubes implementation.

    Vision Optical Flow - Hydrangea

The optical flow test calculates the motion of an image by comparing the input of multiple images. The motion vectors are depicted in a color space which is then overlaid the input images to track the motion.

    Raytrace

Raytracing is the method in which a path of waves or particles are tracked. Raytracing is widely used in the processing of special effects of movies and real-time rendering in video games.

LuxMark 2.0

LuxMark is a 100% OpenCL accelerated ray tracer program that tests the abilities of the GPU. The ability of harnessing the GPU's power allows artist to render images and movies much faster.

Conclusion

For it's price point, the AMD R9 270X is an excellent choice. It offers the best of both worlds and can handle the most demanding games. If you're in the market for a new graphics card and don't want to break the bank, the AMD Radeon R9 270X might be your best choice.

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