AMD has introduced a new mid-range GPU — Radeon R9 270 (non-X).
What R9 270 basically offers are slower clocks than 270X while keeping the same GPU configuration. That said we have 1280 Stream Cores, 80 Texture Units and 32 ROPs. The only difference is the core clock: 925 MHz vs 1050 MHz. The R9 270 is also rated at 150 watts, which is much lower than 270X (180W). Both cards ship with 2GB GDDR5 memory and 256-bit interface. If you were planning to purchase 270X then there’s absolutely no point, you will get the same performance with 270 non-X. AMD could have made many changes, to at least help customers determine whether to choose 270X or 270. This similarity in the specifications will only cause more confusion.
Radeon R9 270 is going to compete with GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost and GeForce GTX 660. It supports Mantle, so it might be a good budget solution for games like BF4 (check charts below).
The R9 270 has MSRP at $179, this is $20 lower than 270X. Card is available starting from today.
- KitGuru #2
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