MSI R9 270X Gaming 2 GB

MSI R9 270X Gaming 2 GB

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Introduction



AMD's new Radeon R9 270X draws its lineage more from the Radeon HD 7800 series than any other. The R9 270X is, for all intents and purposes, identical to the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition which launched at $350, but settled down to around $250, holding on to that price point quite well and for quite long. At 1050 MHz, its GPU core clock speed is 5 percent higher, and at 1400 MHz (5.60 GT/s effective), its memory clock speed is a significant 16 percent higher than the HD 7870.

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.



The R9 270X reviewed today comes from MSI. Their R9 270X GAMING uses the company's well-known TwinFrozr cooling solution. The GAMING series has also impressed us with very low noise in the past, so I have high hopes for this card. MSI has overclocked the R9 270X GAMING to a GPU frequency of 1120 MHz, which is a 70 MHz increase over stock. The card is currently sold online for $220.

Radeon R9 270X Market Segment Analysis
  GTX
650 Ti Boost
GeForce
GTX 660
Radeon
HD 7870
Radeon
R9 270X
MSI R9
270X GAMING
GeForce
GTX 660 Ti
GeForce
GTX 760
Radeon
HD 7950
GeForce
GTX 670
Radeon
HD 7970
GeForce
GTX 770
Shader Units768960128012801280134411521792134420481536
ROPs2424323232243232323232
Graphics ProcessorGK106GK106PitcairnPitcairnPitcairnGK104GK104TahitiGK104TahitiGK104
Transistors2540M2540M2800M2800M2800M3500M3500M4310M3500M4310M3500M
Memory Size2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB3072 MB2048 MB3072 MB2048 MB
Memory Bus Width192 bit192 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit192 bit256 bit384 bit256 bit384 bit256 bit
Core Clock980 MHz+980 MHz+1000 MHz1050 MHz1120 MHz915 MHz+980 MHz+800 MHz915 MHz+925 MHz1046 MHz+
Memory Clock1502 MHz1502 MHz1200 MHz1400 MHz1400 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1502 MHz1375 MHz1753 MHz
Price$150$185$200$200$220$240$240$450$300$500$330
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