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[Q] [GPU Upgrade] Which R9 270X Should I get?

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#1 MariosX


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 14:25

I want to upgrade my GPU [Sapphire HD4870 1GB] and I'm eyeing an R9 270X, but I cannot decide which brand and version I should get [For example Sapphire has Toxic and Boost OC verisons], and also many brands/versions have different clock & memory speeds and different size in GDDR5.
And I'm kinda confused which one should I get.
Please note I am not going to upgrade my GPU for another 6 years and I want to get the best available in the price range of [180 - 250€] and I am not willing to pay anymore than that.
My system specs are these:
Case: Coolermaster Cosmos RC1000
PSU: Coolermaster M850
CPU: Intel Core i7 920
M/B: MSI X58A-GD65
RAM: OCZ 1600Mhz [@1600 8-8-8-24], 3x2GB. Will upgrade to 6x2GB [same sppeds]
GPU: Sapphire HD4870 1GB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB [OS], 2x1 Western Digital Caviar Black Sata 3 [Raid0], 1x640GB Western Digital Caviar Black Sata 3 [Thinking of getting an SSD]
1) Should I get worried about bottlenecks? I believe I've got a decent PC even if it is Core i7 first gen
2) Can you suggest any nvidia cards as well?

#2 Luc2k



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 15:00

I wouldn't worry too much about the clock the cards come with. The most important thing IMO is the cooling (both temperature and noise), then price and warranty. MSI has the best 2-fan cooling right now if I'm not mistaken.


For memory, it depends on what resolution you use. 2GB might be pushing it if you run something like 2560x1440/1600.


1) You're ok here.

2) 660 Ti/760.

#3 +snaphat (Myles Landwehr)

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 21:02

The board is PCIe 2, your processor is still very good, and your memory is a good speed: so none of these things are issues.

#4 Enron


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 21:14

1) looks good

2) GTX760

#5 Astra.Xtreme


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 21:19

Intel massively improved the floating point performance between the 1st and 2nd gen i CPUs, but I don't think it's too much to be concerned about.


I personally prefer Nvidia, so the GTX 760 would be the alternative to the R9 270X.  It's a little bit more expensive, but it's a faster card as well.

#6 casper2



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 21:47

PowerColor DEVIL AXR9 270X $234.99




HIS IceQ X² Turbo Boost Clock $229.99


I'd go with either those 2 cards for the price its good deal on them.