MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming OC and Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 OC Video Card Review

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AMD Radeon R9 270 GPU Overclocking

How well does the AMD Radeon R9 270 overclock? We were wondering the same thing, so we’ll be taking a look at overclocking the Radeon R9 270 using AMD OverDrive.


The first card that we will be overclocking is the MSI R9 270 Gaming OC. This card comes clocked at 975MHz on the core and 1400MHz on the memory. You can go up to 1050MHz on the core and 1500MHz on the memory in AMD OverDrive.


We had no problems maxing both the GPU and memory sliders out and were able to increase the power control setting to the highest possible setting of 20% as well. This is impressive as it is the same core clock speed as a reference AMD Radeon R9 270X video card that costs $20 more.


The stock MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming OC scored 5,255 3DMark and after our overclock we were able to get a score of 5,646 3DMarks!  The AMD Radeon R9 270X scores 5,556 3DMarks, so we have basically taken the AMD Radeon R9 270 and turned it into a Radeon R9 270X!


The Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 OC came clocked at 945MHz on the core and 1400MHz on the memory. We were shocked to find that AMD OverDrive lets you overclock the Sapphire card future than you could on the MSI card.  With this card you can go up to 1100MHz on the core and 1625MHz on the memory! Overclocking the Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 was a bit tougher to do as it didn’t like how power control settings and we were unable to get anything over 1050MHz on the core stable. We settled at 1050MHz core, 1625MHz memory and +5% on the power control settings as our final stable overclock.


Despite having a higher clock speed, the Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 scored 5,467 in 3DMark FireStrike.  The lower power control settings are to blame, but this is still a solid little overclock. Both AMD Radeon R9 270 cards that we have were able to overclock up to AMD Radeon R9 270X clock speeds.  Nothing to spectacular there, but you do get a nice little performance gain by doing so.

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  • Adino

    This is the latest comment,but whatever :P

    If I buy this card now,does they gave me any Battlefield 4?

    I will buy a MSI R9 270 (specifically the Gaming 2G BF4 version. Site :
    According to the site,they will gave me a free copy of BF4.My local store had one left in the stock,however I was unable to see the box.

    I was worried that I wouldn’t get any BF4,as I can buy better card from other brand BUT not getting any BF4.(Please take consideration that this is April 2014)

    What do you guys think,should I get this card or not?

  • realdeal

    This review is very bias toward msi. Msi is not that better like it was represented in this review. Especially overclocking part, Ask yourself why they did not tested sapphire at gpu 1050, mem 1500, and power +20 ??? As you can see memory on sapphire can easily go to 1625, that means that is it BETTER MEMORY CHIP, at that matter most (beside GPU chip).

    This review is FAKE.

    • Matti Alexander Christensen

      most likely not, and no, they both use hynix memory chips, but sapphire uses better vrm. however the hynix memory seems to have a wall at 1500 mhz, meaning that going above that will decrease performance in many cases.
      so what we are seing is that the sapphire card can clock just as high, while using less power, and even go beyond the limits of the memory chips, even though its inefficient.

    • Ansau

      Your arguments are the fake:
      1- What we see is SOFTWARE LIMITATION. This is what you can reach with Catalyst. With MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision X numbers could be higher.
      2- Yes, with Catalist you can push Sapphire much higher, but they also said they let to 1050MHz cause higher was unstable. And that means they reached its cap. We don’t know how much MSI can be pushed, but it’s easy to be higher than Sapphire (normally, higher base clocks allows higher OC clocks).
      3- Better clocks setting doesn’t mean better performance. 3DMark punctuations show you. MSI=5646, Sapphire=5467. MSI performs better with the same GPU clock and slightly slower memory clock.

      That doesn’t mean Sapphire is a bad choice, they have done a good job, just maybe MSI has done a killer.

      PD: Also, there’s a MSI promotion with BF4 for just +10€.

  • Nerdrage

    Great review. Sapphire need to offer more if they want to better.