Radeon R9 270: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

Radeon R9 270 provides acceptable gaming and benchmark performance at 11.15% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 270 sales 13 November 2013 at a recommended price of $179 . This is a desktop graphics card based on a GCN 1.0 architecture and made with 28 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5.6 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 179.2 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 210 mm. 1x 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 150 Watt.

Primary details

Some basic facts about Radeon R9 270: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking393
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation2.13
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 (2012−2020)
GPU code nameCuracao
Market segmentDesktop
Release date13 November 2013 (10 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$179

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Detailed specifications

Radeon R9 270's specs such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 270's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1280of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed900 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed925 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors2,800 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Power consumption (TDP)150 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate74.00of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance2,368 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Form factor & compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon R9 270 and its compatibility with other computer components. This information is useful when selecting a computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards, it includes details about the interface and bus (for motherboard compatibility) and additional power connectors (for power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length210 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 270: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed5600 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth179.2 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)

Connectivity and outputs

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 270. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API compatibility

APIs supported by Radeon R9 270, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (11_1)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon R9 270. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

R9 270 11.15

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

R9 270 4306

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

R9 270 5930

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark, a newer version of Unigine 3.0 with relatively small differences. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. The benchmark is still sometimes used, despite its significant age, as it was released back in 2013.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

R9 270 711

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon R9 270 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Closest competitors

Radeon R9 270's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop graphics cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon R9 270 is GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which is faster by 3% and higher by 5 positions in our ranking.

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