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

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

The AMD Radeon R9 270X is a solid gaming graphics card and we were very impressed by how it performed at 1920×1080 and even at 2560×1600. The AMD Radeon R9 270X is priced at $199 and we found this card made short work of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 that just had its price slashed from $199 to $179 this very week. It is a good thing that NVIDIA reduced the price of that card as the AMD Radeon R9 270X really did mop the floor with it. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 was slightly ahead of the AMD Radeon R9 270X reference card in our testing, but it retails for $249. NVIDIA has no card to fill the gap between the GeForce GTX 660 at $179 and the GeForce GTX 760 at $249, so there really is no direct competition at the $199 price point for the AMD Radeon R9 270X. There are rumors of NVIDIA releasing new mid-range cards called the GeForce GTX 760 Ti and GeForce GTX 765, but for now those are just rumors.

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At the end of the day the ‘new’ AMD Radeon R9 270X behaves and performs pretty much how the ‘old’ AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz edition cards did.  They are essentially the same cards, so that was expected and predicted by many in the gaming community. The Sapphire Toxic R9 270X is a great example of a fully decked out Radeon R9 270X and shows the cards full potential. At $239 you are getting all the bells and whistles and an epic video card that performs great, runs cool and is nearly silent. Sapphire did a great job on the Toxic R9 270X 2GB video card. The only issue that we can see with any Radeon R9 270X cards in $239 price range is that for $249 you are starting to get into the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760cards and they do perform better. If you aren’t brand loyal, you have a tough choice to make as you can go with a top-of-the-line Radeon R9 270X or a GeForce GTX 760 that is likely based off the reference design. The Sapphire Toxic R9 270X is one of those cards that have you purchasing a custom designed video card with less performance in order to have the low temperatures and silent operation.

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At the end of the day the AMD Radeon R9 270X is the best $199 graphics card on the market today.  This is known as the gamer’s sweet spot and a huge victory for AMD and for the gaming community.  Keep in mind that the AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition used to run $349 when it was released in 2012 and now you can pick up the Radeon R9 270X with higher clock speeds for just $199! Not a bad price for a card that can easily run most game titles at 1920×1080 with smooth frames and the image quality maxed out!

LR Recommended Award

 

Legit Bottom Line: The AMD Radeon R9 270X is the best performing video card for under $200!

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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.