The VTX3D R9 270X X Edition has performed well in our tests although we feel it does fall a little short when compared against the market leading Sapphire R9 270X Toxic Edition which we reviewed back in November.
VTX3D have thankfully ditched the single fan cooler of their previous version and have adopted two large fans which cover the full length of the PCB. The cooling proficiency is undoubtedly excellent, although the fans are set to spin quite fast under load which means the card emits a modest level of noise.
The VTX3D R9 270X X Edition is supplied with a modest core overclock speed to 1080mhz, although the GDDR5 memory is at reference speeds of 1,400mhz (5.6Gbps effective). The Sapphire R9 270X Toxic Edition is clocked much higher – at 1,150mhz and the memory has also received a boost to 1,500mhz (6Gbps effective). In real world terms, there is a noticeable drop in frame rate at 1080p with many of the latest Direct X 11 titles.
While every card will overclock to a different level there was some headroom available via the X Edition and we managed to overclock the core to 1,155mhz before artifacting and hardlocking would occur.
The VTX3D R9 270X X Edition is one of the least expensive overclocked R9 270X cards available, on retail for £144,99 inc vat. At £40 less than the market leading Sapphire R9 270X Toxic Edition it is certainly worth looking at.
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- Good performance.
- overclocking headroom available.
- great cooling performance.
- Not the quietest sample we have tested.
- availability seems an issue.