ASUS R9 270 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5 Graphic Card Review

December 13th, 2013 | Viewed 3403 times

The R9 270 cards seems to be one that’s often overlooked in the AMD R9 series but don’t let the lower model number fool you to think that it’s not a good card.

ASUS R9 270 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

The card comes with Asus’ DCU II cooling system, and requires a single 6-pin PCI-E power connector to operate.

ASUS R9 270 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

The I/O ports.

ASUS R9 270 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

Below is the GPU-Z for the card.

ASUS R9 270 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

More details at the official product page.

Test Setup

Processor Intel Core i5 4670K
RAM Avexir Core Series 8GB DDR3-1600
Motherboard Asrock Z87 Extreme4 / TB4
Driver AMD Catalyst 13.11

Benchmark

Here we go!

Metro 2033

Metro 2033

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS Radeon R9 270 36
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 76.5
Sapphire R7 260X 39.0
CFX R7 260X 43.5
MSI GTX 760 55.5

*Strange but it is lower than R7 260X. Looks like I’ll be testing it again to confirm.

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS Radeon R9 270 38.9
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 59.5
Sapphire R7 260X 25.8
CFX R7 260X 48.8
MSI GTX 760 45.2

Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6
*Full HD at 1920×1080 – pardon me for the wrong screen resolution in the shot above.

Card 1080p (score)
ASUS Radeon R9 270 7954
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11) 11441
Sapphire R7 260X 6138
CFX R7 260X 10142
MSI GTX 760 9677

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2

Scene Card 1080p (avg)
Dark Tower ASUS Radeon R9 270 88.22
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 121.90
Sapphire R7 260X 56.8
CFX R7 260X 112.12
MSI GTX 760 98.32
Desert Sunrise ASUS Radeon R9 270 118.46
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 153.28
Sapphire R7 260X 78.33
CFX R7 260X 149.18
MSI GTX 760 118.76
Concrete Jungle ASUS Radeon R9 270 71.92
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 87.42
Sapphire R7 260X 47.64
CFX R7 260X 73.18
MSI GTX 760 59.62

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

Card Score
ASUS Radeon R9 270 36.6
Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Edition 45.5
CFX R7 260X 43.5
MSI GTX 760 55.8

*I didn’t manage to test the R9 280X on this benchmark.

3DMark

Default settings

Card Score
ASUS Radeon R9 270 5119
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11) 7513
MSI GTX 760 5002

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

Below is the full load details.

Card Idle(°C) Load (°C)
ASUS Radeon R9 270 (auto) 36 64
ASUS Radeon R9 270 (manual : 100%) 36 59

The beauty of Asus’ DirectCU II cooling system is the ability to maintain quite a silent operation while keeping the heat under very good control.

The Verdict

The R9 270 from Asus costs about RM 720, that’s almost half the price of an R9 280X but you get anywhere from half to even 3/4 of the R9 280X’s performance, this depends on the game engine. In comparison to the R7 260X, the R9 270 costs some RM 200 extra but the performance gains are almost in proportionate to the added cost.

Overall it’s the R9 270 is a solid performing GPU, kept cool with Asus’ outstanding DirectCU II cooling system.

goldfries recommended





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