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

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

ProcessorIntel Core i5 4670K
RAMAvexir Core Series 8GB DDR3-1600
MotherboardAsrock Z87 Extreme4 / TB4
DriverAMD Catalyst 13.11


Here we go!

Metro 2033

Metro 2033

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS Radeon R9 27036
ASUS Radeon R9 280X76.5
Sapphire R7 260X39.0
CFX R7 260X43.5
MSI GTX 76055.5

*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

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS Radeon R9 27038.9
ASUS Radeon R9 280X59.5
Sapphire R7 260X25.8
CFX R7 260X48.8
MSI GTX 76045.2

Resident Evil 6

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

Card1080p (score)
ASUS Radeon R9 2707954
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11)11441
Sapphire R7 260X6138
CFX R7 260X10142
MSI GTX 7609677

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2

SceneCard1080p (avg)
Dark TowerASUS Radeon R9 27088.22
ASUS Radeon R9 280X121.90
Sapphire R7 260X56.8
CFX R7 260X112.12
MSI GTX 76098.32
Desert SunriseASUS Radeon R9 270118.46
ASUS Radeon R9 280X153.28
Sapphire R7 260X78.33
CFX R7 260X149.18
MSI GTX 760118.76
Concrete JungleASUS Radeon R9 27071.92
ASUS Radeon R9 280X87.42
Sapphire R7 260X47.64
CFX R7 260X73.18
MSI GTX 76059.62

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

ASUS Radeon R9 27036.6
Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz Edition45.5
CFX R7 260X43.5
MSI GTX 76055.8

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


Default settings

ASUS Radeon R9 2705119
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11)7513
MSI GTX 7605002


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.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
ASUS Radeon R9 270 (auto)3664
ASUS Radeon R9 270 (manual : 100%)3659

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.

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1 Comment

  1. GDDR3? Is that a typo?

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