This week AMD launched their new range of R7 and R9 video cards, minus the flagship R9 290X which is due for release sometime in the near future. This particular review focuses on the custom cooled, overclocked Asus R9 270X Direct CU II TOP.
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The R9 270X is designed to enter into the AMD mid range, hitting a price point between £160 and £180 inc vat. Today we test the hardware against the last generation HD7850 and ever popular HD7870 Tahiti LE. We also add in the GTX760 as a additional performance analysis because as we mentioned earlier in the week AMD partner cards have dropped to around £190-£200 inc vat.
The R9 270X will be sold with clock speeds up to 1.05ghz – all of which will have 1,280 Stream Processors. ASUS have ignored these speed guidlines and clocked their version of the card higher …. but more on this on the next page.