Radeon R9 270X: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

Radeon R9 270X provides acceptable gaming and benchmark performance at 12.64% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

Summary

AMD started Radeon R9 270X sales 8 October 2013 at a recommended price of $199 . This is a desktop graphics card based on a GCN architecture and made with 28 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 4 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.

Primary details

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

Place in performance ranking367
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation4.54
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameCuracao XT
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date8 October 2013 (10 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$199
Current price$136 (0.7x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Detailed specifications

Radeon R9 270X's specs 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 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Boost clock speed1050 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)180 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate84.00of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance2,688 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Form factor & compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon R9 270X 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).

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

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 270X: 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 amount4 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bandwidth179.2 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
Shared memory-

Connectivity and outputs

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 270X. 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
Eyefinity+
HDMI+
DisplayPort support+

Supported 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 compatibility

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

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

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon R9 270X. 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 270X 12.64

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: 25%

R9 270X 4889

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 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.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

R9 270X 735

Gaming performance

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.

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 20−22

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 21−24
Battlefield 5 40−45
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
Red Dead Redemption 2 21−24
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 21−24

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 21−24
Battlefield 5 40−45
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
Metro Exodus 18−20
Red Dead Redemption 2 21−24
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27−30
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 21−24

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 21−24
Battlefield 5 40−45
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 21−24

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18−20
Hitman 3 20−22
Horizon Zero Dawn 18−20
Metro Exodus 10−12
Red Dead Redemption 2 9−10
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 9−10
Battlefield 5 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 20−22
Far Cry New Dawn 21−24
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 7−8

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9−10
Hitman 3 12−14
Horizon Zero Dawn 9−10
Metro Exodus 6−7
Red Dead Redemption 2 7−8
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 7−8
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 6−7
Battlefield 5 12−14
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
Far Cry 5 10−11
Far Cry New Dawn 12−14
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 4−5

Closest competitors

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


Radeon R9 270X 100

NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon R9 270X is GeForce GTX 1630, which is faster by 2% and higher by 3 positions in our ranking.

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Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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