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

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Battlefield 3

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Battlefield 3 (BF3) is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released in North America on October 25, 2011 and in Europe on October 28, 2011. It does not support versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista as the game only supports DirectX 10 and 11. It is a direct sequel to 2005′s Battlefield 2, and the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise. The game sold 5 million copies in its first week of release and the PC download is exclusive to EA’s Origin platform, through which PC users also authenticate when connecting to the game.

Battlefield 3 Screenshot

Battlefield 3 debuts the new Frostbite 2 engine. This updated Frostbite engine can realistically portray the destruction of buildings and scenery to a greater extent than previous versions. Unlike previous iterations, the new version can also support dense urban areas. Battlefield 3 uses a new type of character animation technology called ANT. ANT technology is used in EA Sports games, such as FIFA, but for Battlefield 3 is adapted to create a more realistic soldier, with the ability to transition into cover and turn the head before the body.

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Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon R9 270X was powerful enough to run Battlefield 3 at 1920×1080 at 60 FPS on average and even pushed our 30-inch monitor running 2560×1600 at an impressive 37FPS on average! It is pretty wild to see a $199 video card running BF3 so well at UHD resolutions. The Sapphire Toxic R9 270X was running at 65 FPS at 19×10 and 41 FPS at 25×16, so it just goes to show you that the extra 100MHz on the core and memory clock speeds really does help performance. The Sapphire Toxic R9 270X runs $239 and it was clipping the heels of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 reference card that runs $249.

It should be noted that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti is discontinued, so you have the direct competition for the AMD R9 270X is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 at $179 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 at $249.  The AMD Radeon R9 270X makes short work of the factory overclocked EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SuperClocked video card that we have in our charts, but the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 proved to be a bit much.

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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.