Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 OC
Budget Card that Performs
AMD recently experienced resurgence with its new series of Radeon graphic cards and what better way to keep the momentum going than with the introduction of budget cards? The Sapphire Dual-X R9 270 card is one such offering, but do not be fooled by its numbering. While the R9 270 is a reworked version of the AMD Radeon 7870, its clock and memory speeds have been clocked higher to increase its performance. Let’s find out how the card actually performs, shall we?
Comparatively, the reference card only has a clock speed of 925MHz, whereas Sapphire has overclocked the Dual-X R9 270 OC’s clock speeds to 1020MHz, which is incredible for a budget offering. Not only that, the memory clock is set at 1400MHz, which is considered to be rather high. With the improved clock speeds, this makes gaming experience smoother than before, without having to break the bank. With such improvements over the Radeon 7870, this card definitely hits the budget mid-range card spectrum well.
Moving on, Dual-X Cooling was first introduced in the AMD Radeon 7790 series and gone on to win awards for its innovative cooling system. Now, Sapphire has seen fit to equip the R9 270 OC with Dual-X Cooling, which incorporates dual fans along with a cooler to help dissipate heat and keep your system running cool, while providing remarkable graphic performance. The cooling has improved in leaps and bounds, but the card do run a little loud when under load, which can be chalked to the fan design. The noise is dismissible, although it may be a little annoying through long hours of gaming.
Of course, even for a budget card, scores are important as well to see just how well this card runs. In 3DMark Fire Strike, this card scored 4,979, which is a good score for a mid-range card. When cranked up to 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, it scored a low 2,479, which is a little disappointing for this card. In Unigine Heaven, it ran an average 37.8 frames per second, which means you’ll be able to run most games at 1080p with no hiccups.
The Dual-X R9 270 OC is definitely capable of performing well with most games. Batman: Arkham City ran at an average 59 frames per second. There is no stutter or freeze when running under High settings and 1920 x 1080 resolution, which is excellent. When the same settings are applied to Crysis 3, the game is equally playable, which is great news as the game is much more graphically demanding. The gameplay stutters a little but otherwise, it was fairly playable.
Sapphire has been known to produce some of the best AMD Radeon graphics cards and once again, it has proven itself with the Dual-X R9 270 OC. Although a rebadged card, the performance from the Dual-X R9 270 OC is amazing, plus the affordable pricing will surely attract those who seek budget cards that perform like a champ.
It averages at 37.8 frames per second, it capable of handling the newer titles.