MSI R9 270X HAWK 2 GB

MSI R9 270X HAWK 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), it has a significant 16 percent higher memory clock speed 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.



Today, we are reviewing the MSI Radeon R7 270X HAWK, which is the company's R7 270X SKU for overclockers. It comes with voltage control, voltage measurement points, and a 90 MHz overclock on the GPU. Another highlight is the cooler: It uses the same base as the R9 280X, but comes with slightly smaller fans.

Currently, the MSI R7 270X HAWK is available online for $230, a $30 price increase over the Radeon R9 270X reference design.

Radeon R9 270X Market Segment Analysis
 Radeon
R7 260X
GeForce GTX
650 Ti Boost
GeForce
GTX 660
Radeon
HD 7870
GeForce
GTX 580
Radeon
R9 270X
MSI R9
270X HAWK
GeForce
GTX 660 Ti
GeForce
GTX 760
Radeon
HD 7950
GeForce
GTX 670
Radeon
HD 7970
Radeon
R9 280X
Shader Units896768960128051212801280134411521792134420482048
ROPs16242432483232243232323232
Graphics ProcessorBonaireGK106GK106PitcairnGF110PitcairnPitcairnGK104GK104TahitiGK104TahitiTahiti
Transistors2080M2540M2540M2800M3000M2800M2800M3500M3500M4310M3500M4310M4310M
Memory Size2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB1536 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB3072 MB2048 MB3072 MB3072 MB
Memory Bus Width128 bit192 bit192 bit256 bit384 bit256 bit256 bit192 bit256 bit384 bit256 bit384 bit384 bit
Core Clock1100 MHz980 MHz+980 MHz+1000 MHz772 MHz1050 MHz1140 MHz915 MHz+980 MHz+800 MHz915 MHz+925 MHz1000 MHz
Memory Clock1625 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1200 MHz1002 MHz1400 MHz1400 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1502 MHz1375 MHz1500 MHz
Price$140$150$190$170$310$200$230$235$250$205$295$300$300
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