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AMD Radeon R9 270X Graphics Card Review
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by Rob Williams on October 15, 2013 in AMD-Based GPU, Video Cards

We took AMD’s $300 Radeon R9 280X for a spin last week and were left quite impressed overall with the results, versus the GTX 760. Will we get the same sort of reaction with the company’s Radeon R9 270X? With the help of NVIDIA’s ~$175 GeForce GTX 660, we’re going to find that out.

Game Tests: Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Total War: SHOGUN 2

Tom Clancy is responsible for a countless number of video games, but his Splinter Cell series has become something special, with each game released having been considered “great” overall. The latest in the series, Blacklist, is no exception, and thankfully for us, its graphics are fantastic, and not to mention intensive. For those who love a stealth element in their games, this is one that shouldn’t be skipped.

RIP, Tom Clancy.

Splinter Cell Blacklist - 1920x1080 Single Monitor
1920×1080 (1 Monitor)

Splinter Cell Blacklist - 5760x1080 Triple Monitor
5760×1080 (3×1 Monitors)

Manual Run-through: From the start of the ‘Safehouse’ level in Benghazi, Libya, we progress through until we reach an apartment building that must be entered – this is where we end the FPS recording.

AMD Radeon R9 280X - Splinter Cell: Blacklist (1920x1080)

AMD Radeon R9 280X - Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2560x1440)

AMD Radeon R9 280X - Splinter Cell: Blacklist (4800x900)

The R9 270X does a great job of flexing its muscle here, keeping up to the GTX 760 rather easily.

Total War: SHOGUN 2

Strategy games are well-known for pushing the limits of any system, and few others do this as well as Total War: SHOGUN 2. It fully supports DX11, has huge battlefields to oversee with hundreds or thousands of units, and a ton of graphics options to adjust. It’s quite simply a beast of a game.

Total War: SHOGUN 2 - 1920x1080 Single Monitor
1920×1080 (1 Monitor)

Total War: SHOGUN 2 - 5760x1080 Triple Monitor
5760×1080 (3×1 Monitors)

Manual Run-through: SHOGUN 2 is one of the few games in our suite where the built-in benchmark is opted for. Strategy games in particular are very difficult to benchmark, so this is where I become thankful to have the option of using a built-in benchmark.

AMD Radeon R9 280X - Total War: SHOGUN 2 (1920x1080)

AMD Radeon R9 280X - Total War: SHOGUN 2 (2560x1440)

AMD Radeon R9 280X - Total War: SHOGUN 2 (4800x900)

Once again, the R9 270X keeps ahead of the GTX 660, but not by a very large margin.


  • Hubert J Farnsworth

    Whats with the massive frame drops in Metro ? Is it that graphics hungry?

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      I’d have to check the duration charts when I get back from a quick trip, but I believe that’s one part of this timedemo with major explosions, and that’s where the slowdown occurs.