AMD Radeon R9 270X: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon R9 270X
Radeon R9 270X
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 0
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 0
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2013
Performance 16.73

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 270X sales 8 October 2013 at a recommended price of $199. This is GCN architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 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. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 180 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

16.73%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon R9 270X's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating278
Value for money7.43
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameCuracao XT
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date8 October 2013 (8 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$199
Price now$270 (1.4x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

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

Pipelines / CUDA cores1280of 18432 (AD102)
Boost clock speed1050 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors2,800 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)180 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate84.00of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance2,688 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 270X's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors2 x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 270X: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bandwidth179.2 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 270X. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

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

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 270X. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAcceleration+
CrossFire1
Enduro-
FreeSync1
HD3D+
LiquidVR1
PowerTune-
TressFX1
TrueAudio+
ZeroCore-
UVD+
DDMA audio+

API support

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

DirectXDirectX® 12
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan+
Mantle-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon R9 270X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. 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 270X 16.73
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0
  • Passmark

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 seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

R9 270X 6560

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.

R9 270X 735

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various 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.

R9 270X 4921

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 270X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 318 Mh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 30 Mh/s  
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 163 Sol/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon R9 270X 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.

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 16−18

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon R9 270X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 270X from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 760, which is slower by 3% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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