Sap­phire Dual-X R9 270 OC

Bud­get Card that Per­forms

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TexT // Choo hon MUn

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.

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