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

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. It should be noted that we average all of our test runs. There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 341.40
  • AMD: Catalyst 13.11 V8 on R200 series and Catalyst 13.6 Beta 2 on Radeon 7000 series

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

Test System

test-system

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard with BIOS 4401 that came out on 09/02/2013. The Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1866MHz quad channel memory kit was set to 1866MHz with 1.5v and 9-10-9-27 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD was run with firmware version 2.25.

 

The Intel X79 Test Platform

 

Component

 

Brand/Model

 

Live Pricing

 

Processor

 

Intel Core i7-3960X

 

Motherboard

ASUS P9X79 Deluxe

 

Memory

16GB Corsair 1866MHz

 

Video Card

 

Various

 

Solid-State Drive

 

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB

 

Cooling

 

Intel RTS2011LC

 

Power Supply

Corsair AX1200

 

Operating System

 

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

 

MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming OC 2GB Video Card GPU-Z Information:

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Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 OC 2GB Video Card GPU-Z Information:

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  • BrokenBC

    I have the asus oc card. I have achieved a rock solid OC of 2015/1500 (I run it @ 2000/1500 due to heat.) by changing the power in the bios. The biggest issue is that the card is supposed to have a tdp of 150 wats but is set to 135 tdp in the bios. change that setting to 150 and the voltage to 1.25 and this card fly’s. For the price this is a hard card to beat.

    http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2119779

    • Shredder

      I have the Asus Radeon R9 270.

      The best driver I found for overclocking is 14.4. I am a beta driver tester like others from Guru3D and the 14.7 beta red screens on overclocks.

      I’m running the core at 1085MHz so far and I’m going to test 1100MHz soon.

  • Brian Blair

    Anyone want to buy my old MSI GTX 650 Ti 1GB $50? And no I will not ship it, You will have to be responsible for shipping it, I can’t understand how some people think you should just buy them a new car just because they are they! LOL get over yourself already! Anyway the Card was used by me for about 10 months, It still looks new and no dust, It still has the box it came in, Has the owners manual and the accessories, Every single thing that originally came in the box is still in the box, The card was even put back in it’s original static bag. The card was never pushed just gamed with, I did overclock it some to see what it could do and it actually overclocks very well, But I mostly just kept it at it’s stock clock speed of 928mhz. The highest I clocked it was 1080mhz and the memory I never really messed with it. But it has Hynix V-Ram so it should do decent. I was going to use it as a physx card with my R9 270, But thanks to fascist Nvidia locking the drivers if it detects a AMD card, I can’t use it, I guess Nvidia thinks they have the right to tell you what to do with your own property.

  • rich

    r wolf

  • Brian Blair

    The Higher the clock speed the higher the G-Flops get, Save money and buy the 270 non X and just set her at 1050 in CCC, And then you have the same 32.8 GPxels and the same 92.0 GTexels and the same 2.69 TFlops. And without having to use the same power draw as the X model. I am sure the X model can ultimately reach a higher clock speed in the end. But lets face it, The moment that a major GPU overclock is needed, is the moment a upgrade is needed. I will not lie I would rather have the X model. But It just did not make sense to me paying $20-$30 more dollars for a higher clock setting. I know $20-$30 dollars is not much to some people. But it is to me. That’s a case of Natural Light and bag of Beer Nuts. And some left over for gas money so I can give MADD a reason to exist! HAHAHAHA!

  • Brian Blair

    Best $179 I ever spent. You will not be disappointed buying the R9 270. It’s friggin power man!

  • 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 : http://www.msi.com/product/vga/R9_270_GAMING_2G_BF4.html#overview)
    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?

    • Kai

      Don’t get it.

      Remember that the graphics card is permanent until you get a new one, and that it will be used to run any other game. Buying a graphics card because it comes with Battlefield defeats the purpose of buying the graphics card itself.

      Go buy yourself a better GPU and don’t buy one because it comes with a game. Graphics cards are expensive, buy one that you will be happy with, and that will last.

      By the way, I have the Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 Duel-X

      and it runs Battlefield 4 @ 60 FPS on High Settings. I recommend the Radeon R9 290 or 290x.

      MSI Radeon R9 290X: http://www.msi.com/product/vga/R9_290X_LIGHTNING.html

      Sapphire Radeon R9 290: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8866844&SRCCODE=WEBGOOPA&cm_mmc_o=mH4CjC7BBTkwCjCV1-CjCE&gclid=CNuMm7mqk74CFYJqfgodrSgAjQ

      • Ashhong

        The dude is asking if he should get the card so that he can save ~$50 on Battlefield 4, and you recommend a card that is several hundred dollars more expensive? Clearly he wants to save money. Your 270 runs BF4 at 1080p @60FPS and you completely skip all the cards in the middle and go to the 290 lol. Ridiculous.

        • Brian Blair

          Yeah that is kind of a douche recommendation. I have had no problems maxing games with my R9 270. Not to mention he would have to spend more money buying a new PSU to power it. By the way I saw a dual fan Power Color R9 270 for $159.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131545&cm_re=r9_270-_-14-131-545-_-Product

          That should save him money, LOL And he will get 2 free games like I did with my HIS, It won’t be BF4 but you can get Sleeping Dog’s Hitman Absolution, Alan Wake. And many more to choose from, I got Sleeping Dog’s and Alan Wake.

  • 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.

      • Brian Blair

        Wrong! Thy use E-6 Elpida Chips rated 6 Gbps at 1.6v , So that is why they overclock almost as good as Hynix. My His Model has Elpida and can go to 1500 and 1600, But I do not recommend anyone overclock V-Ram It is pointless anyway. The 270 already has a memory bandwidth of 179.2 GB/s a good number faster than the 7870′s was. And all your FPS gain will be in overclocking the GPU clock anyway. Overclocking the V-ram will just burn them up anyway and then you will get artifacts. So why risk it? Besides why would you need to overclock such a powerful GPU anyway? Makes no sense.

    • 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€.

    • Brian Blair

      I don’t rally think it is biased to MSI. Look at PC mag’s review of my HIS R9 270. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2430169,00.asp

      I was actually going to buy the MSI gaming R9 270 for $179.99, But right before I bought it they raised the price to $189.99 LOL, So instead I got the HIS model R9 270 for $179.99, I also liked the way the HIS looked. And it is a smaller length making it a better fit for airflow. The only reason I was going to get the MSI was because my motherboard is a MSI, And my older 650 Ti (Now my Physx Card) is a MSI. So I trusted there products. But I like my HIS GPU, So far So good.

      • Brian Blair

        Then again I forgot you can use afterburner with any GPU so yeah they could have ran it at the same speeds instead of pretending they could only use CCC with the Saphire. So in a way you are right. Ok you are 100% right it is fake!

  • Nerdrage

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