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AMD Releases Radeon R9 270, Updates Never Settle Forever Bundle

Posted on November 13, 2013 1:55 PM by Rob Williams
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It hasn’t even been a full month-and-a-half since AMD began rolling-out its current-gen lineup, but here we have another model to help fill some void. Like the R9 270X, the R9 270 targets the GTX 760 head-on, but with its $179.99 pricing, AMD hopes to lure gamers over to the red side.

Here’s a look at Sapphire’s take on AMD’s latest:

Sapphire Radeon R9 270 Dual-X
Sapphire’s Radeon R9 270 Dual-X

Where does the R9 270 stand amongst AMD’s current lineup? This table helps clarify things:

AMD Radeon Cores Core MHz Memory Mem MHz Mem Bus TDP Price
R9 290X 2816 1000 4096MB 5000 512-bit 250W $549
R9 290 2560 947 4096MB 5000 512-bit 250W $399
R9 280X 2048 <1000 3072MB 6000 384-bit 250W $299
R9 270X 1280 <1050 2048MB 5600 256-bit 180W $199
R9 270 1280 <925 2048MB 5600 256-bit 150W $179
R7 260X 896 <1100 2048MB 6500 128-bit 115W $139
R7 250 384 <1050 1024MB 4600 128-bit 65W $89

Outside of the difference in clock speed, both the R9 270 and R9 270X are identical. As in, so identical, matching the clock speeds on the R9 270X to the 270 would deliver accurate benchmark results for the latter. Given this small difference, this is a rather unimaginative release by AMD, although it does give those looking for a slightly cheaper card an option to grab one. Best part? Since it’s based on the same silicon as the 270X, there’s little doubt that overclocking it to reach 270X speeds will be a possibility for some.

In other news, AMD has updated its Never Settle Forever bundle to support its latest GPUs, and once again, the mechanics behind this one are a little strange. For the purchase of the R9 270 ~ R9 290X, you score a free copy of Battlefield 4. For a purchase of the lowly R7 260X, you get to choose from a variety of games (covered here) that fall into the “Silver” category, which will include a new entrant, Thief. As Thief is an unreleased game, and will cost just as much as Battlefield 4 does, it’s a little strange that the purchase of the bigger cards don’t give you a choice between the two (I’d take Thief over BF4 any day).

For contrast, NVIDIA’s current bundle offers a couple of newer games, plus the advantage of shaving some $$$ off of the cost of a SHIELD (our review).

As always seems to be the case this time of year, it’s a great time to be a gamer that’s in need of a GPU update.

  • ET3D

    Agreed, I don’t get the bundling of BF4 with no choice. Though I guess one can always try to trade it for a more appealing game.

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