AMD Radeon R9 270X & Sapphire TOXIC R9 270X Video Card Reviews

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Temperature & Noise Testing

Temperatures are important to enthusiasts and gamers, so we took a bit of time and did some temperature testing on both Radeon R9 270X video cards

AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card Idle Temperature:

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Sapphire Toxic R9 270X 2GB Video Card Idle Temperature:

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The AMD Radeon R9 270X had an idle temperature of 30.0C in a room that was 22.0C (72F) and the single fan was spinning ~1180 RPM. The Sapphire Toxic R9 270X 2GB was running at just 28C, but the fans were spinning faster at 1380RPM.

AMD Radeon R9 290X 2GB Gaming Temperature:

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Sapphire Toxic R9 270X 2GB Gaming Temperature:

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When playing Far Cry 3 and Battlefield 3 for about 30 minutes each, we hit 73C on the AMD Radeon R9 270X and 57C on the Sapphire Toxic R9 270X 2GB! The Sapphire Toxic R9 270X runs 16C cooler than the AMD reference card when gaming, which is very impressive.  Seeing your GPU running in the 50′s at full load is something that is usually unheard of, so kudos to Sapphire for doing a great job with the new Tri-X GPU Cooler!

temperatures

The Sapphire Toxic R9 270X is actually the coolest running card of any of the ones that we have tested in recent months!  Very impressive! The AMD Radeon R9 270X reference card falls into the middle of the pack and is pretty average.

Sound Testing

We recently upgraded our sound meter to an Extech sound level meter with ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

noise-testing
The AMD Radeon R7 270X is a very quiet card at both idle and load, but the Sapphire Toxic R9 270X is pretty damn quiet as well.  Neither of these cards will be heard over the other fans in your system when gaming, so everything is good when it comes to acoustics.

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  • Dejahvoe

    Looks like the card can be 3 or 4 crossfire it ?

  • CuriousAboutVDDC

    Hello guys, a quick question here.
    It’s mentioned in the reviews that the Sapphire Toxic R9 270X GPU Voltage VDDC is already set to max at default in the Trixx utilities.
    Does it means that it is indeed at it’s max limit of voltage or is it just software configuration and that the GPU can actually take in more ?
    Would it be possible that in future software uptes or through other software that we can meddle with the GPU voltage and maybe push the Clock speed and Memory speed a lil bit higher ?

  • trajan2448

    Much ado about nothing. So a little price cut will be forthcoming. WoW 50bucks. I’m going to fill up my gas tank, halfway.

  • Lazy too

    Just ordered a Sapphire Dual-X R9 270X and Ill be happily gaming on Tuesday. Abot time I replaced my old 5850. I dont bother with nvidia anymore, their stuff is way overpriced.

    • rishi dev

      You know what, i always bought AMD no matter the price.

      But AMD partners along with retailers have a monopoly over world market in Europe and Asia. Which means i cant afford to buy AMD anymore!!!! A $199 US listing translates to a $260 in major markets across Asia. Which means i can buy 2 gtx 650ti BOOST for less than a single 7950. Although i dont want to, im forced. A pathetic 7790 is at the same price point as the BOOST. The 650ti boost manages to level or surpass a 7870 in some games.

      I dont know why this is so. Maybe because AMD gpus have better gpgpu code and hardware; to offload intense CPU loads. For now HSA and GCN are oblivious. Those who dont know the GTX 700 have crippled opencl and opengl performance, not much but a significant bit less.

      • azbest

        any opengl tests out there? like rage from id software?

      • Stone

        wtf? a 650 ti boost doesnt beat a 7870, not even a 7850.

        • Ko zhi yi

          A 650 Ti Boost is equal to HD 7850. The test in Techpowerup that says the 650 Ti Boost is better than HD 7850 by a mile is heavily biased because it includes the StarCraft II benchmark. StarCraft II benchmark heavily bias NVIDIA cards. The heck, a regular 650 Ti (not boost) beats HD 7870 @ 1920×1080 in SC2

      • CuriousAboutVDDC

        Strange enough. In my part of Asia, nVidia cards are priced more expensive than the AMD cards.
        In my country, GTX 660 Ti is about the price of R9 280X.

    • Ko zhi yi

      Cheapest NVIDIA GTX 770 in my store also RM1399, but Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X costs RM1229, yet it performs as good as the GTX 770.

      • KStream

        Not really. Any of the OC:d GTX 760′s perform aprox 10% better

        • Ko zhi yi

          OC’d GTX 760 = GTX 670. I should bought the 760 (RM939) but R9 280x DUal-X now costs only RM1099 in Malaysia

  • basroil

    Pretty much how I called it, Nvidia did a very smooth move cutting the price of only the 600 series cards while keeping the 700 series at standard price. The R-200 series cards based on the old architectures just were too overhyped, and the only thing that can even challenge nvidia’s higher range price:performace will be the 290x

    • Thermogenin

      It will do more than just challenge the 780 GTX=)

      • azbest

        hopefully they repaired the power consumption on the chip. they should really work hard to produce chips with better asic rating.

    • blablabla

      too lazy to sign in, but actually AMD& Nvidia are moving in lock step. Both rebranded old cards, both only introduced 2 new high end cards. But AMD actually introduced 3 new cards if the 7790 is counted, and slashed prices to boot. Why so much AMD hate?

      • azbest

        because of the high power consumption :)

      • basroil

        Nobody is hating on AMD, I actually alternate between the two companies (Geforce 440Ti then Radeon 9600 then Geforce 7200(go) then HD4850 then Geforce 425m, and then a 560Ti) for my primary computers. I just don’t care for the hype they made for the R260-280x. The GTX 770/760 weren’t special either, but at least Nvidia didn’t go showboating (like they did with the 780). So far the R290x seems to be a decent card for decent price, and might live up to the hype if it’s priced lower than the 780.