Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X OC Review

Published by Christian Ney on 01.11.13
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General + -
The Radeon R9 270X OC from Gigabyte did good in our test parkour despite it doesn't have really anything special. The card features a custom PCB, a little factory overclocking on the GPU and a great cooling solution. We noticed only one major flaw concerning the cooling solution that could be quieter. Also Gigabyte could have easily pushed the factory overclocking further since they equip their card with memory chips rated at 1'500 MHz. Other than that we like its design and aggressive pricing.
Again we have to point out that the Radeon 200 series is not currently part of the Never Settle Forever program. This may change in the future but at the moment you don't get any game for free buying a Radeon 200 series card unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise.
  - Performance
- Cooling performance
- Design
- Price
- Memory Clock
- Noise levels
Cooling / Noise Level   + -
For its Radeon R9 270X OC, Gigabyte makes use of a downscaled version of their WindForce 3X cooler. This version offers great cooling performance but could be quieter. Indeed the manufacturer adjusted the fan profile in the BIOS for performance over silence. We hope Gigabyte will release a BIOS update to change this.
In idle the card is very silent and under load it can be described as silent.
  - Cooling performance - Noise levels
Performance   + -
In the tested games, the Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X OC is on average 3.15 % faster than a Radeon R9 270X with reference clocks and 10 % faster than its predecessor the Radeon HD 7870.
A closer look at power consumption shows, that our test system, equipped with the Gigabyte OC, burns 49 Watts under idle conditions and 232 Watts under load. In both cases those are really good results for a R9 270X. Compared to a reference clocked R9 270X, the power consumption of the Gigabyte OC is only 4 % higher.
  - Performance
- Performance/Price
- Power consumption under load
Recommendation / Price   + -
The Gigabyte OC is one of the cheapest Radeon R9 270X. At the time of the review, the Gigabyte OC can be found at a starting price of 163 Euro and the cheapest offer for a R9 270X starts at 158 Euros excluding shipping costs accross the EU.
Since the graphics card only has a noise issue that can be fixed changing the temperature target via sotfware, we recommend this card for people looking for a cheap and good Radeon R9 270X.
  - Gaming
- Price
We gave the Radeon R9 270X OC from Gigabyte 4 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 12 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 13 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 14 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 15 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 5 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 16 - Metro: Last Light
Page 6 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 17 - GTA V
Page 7 - BattleField 3 Page 18 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - Borderlands 2 Page 19 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Bioshock Infinite Page 20 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Crysis 3 Page 21 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Page 22 - Conclusion

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