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R9 270X 4GB vs. GTX 760 2GB

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November 1, 2013 11:54:58 AM

Hi everyone, I'm looking to purchase a new GPU this month for close to $300 CAD. I've been checking online and found the following two cards: Sapphire R9 270X 4GB and a Gigabyte GTX 760 2GB.

Both GPU's are close to the same price (760 slightly more expensive).

I know that the 760 typically outperforms the 270X, but having an additional 2GB GDDR5 (double the 760) is raising questions whether that holds true in this case.

Sapphire R9 270X 4GB
Memory Speed: 5600MHZ
Processor Speed: 1020MHZ

Gigabyte GTX 760 2GB
Memory Speed: 6000MHZ
Processor Speed: 1150MHZ

Thank you, any help is much appreciated.

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November 1, 2013 12:06:54 PM

The amount of memory on a graphics card is generally not going to give you additional performance, unless the onboard memory of one card is insufficient for the task at hand. What more memory on your video card will do is allow programs to store larger amounts of data onboard. This is useful for high resolution texture packs in video games, video games that have a huge amount of textures or other productivity oriented tasks such as GPU rendering in a 3d modeling program, analysis programs that may be designed to run large data sets on GPU resources etc.

You would probably want to replace your video card quite a bit before the majority of PC video games require more than 2gb of memory at typical high end resolutions and textures.
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November 1, 2013 12:20:47 PM

The 270x is the same thing as the 7870, the GTX 760 is more on par with the AMD 7950. The 760 should give you better performance even with 2GB of VRAM. You will want more than 2GB if your running a resolution higher than 1080p or plan on running something like Skyrim with a lot of visual mods.
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November 1, 2013 2:02:24 PM

The6thExtinction said:
Hi everyone, I'm looking to purchase a new GPU this month for close to $300 CAD. I've been checking online and found the following two cards: Sapphire R9 270X 4GB and a Gigabyte GTX 760 2GB.

Both GPU's are close to the same price (760 slightly more expensive).

I know that the 760 typically outperforms the 270X, but having an additional 2GB GDDR5 (double the 760) is raising questions whether that holds true in this case.

Sapphire R9 270X 4GB
Memory Speed: 5600MHZ
Processor Speed: 1020MHZ

Gigabyte GTX 760 2GB
Memory Speed: 6000MHZ
Processor Speed: 1150MHZ

Thank you, any help is much appreciated.


Overall the gtx 760 is more powerful than the r9 270x
but if you are gaming on a higher resolution or more monitors go for the r9 270x since it has more ram making it better for multi monitor support and higher resolution. However if you are only going to play on one monitor at 1080p you should definitely go for the gtx 760 since it annihilate the r9 270x. The gtx 760 also comes with cool features like physx and shadowplay
Which are very nice touches, I would suggest going for the gtx 760 personally.
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November 3, 2013 10:10:11 PM

keep in mind the R9 270x overclocks like a mofo... Without any heavy tweeking I have my memory at 6500mhz and my clock speed at 1200 mhz running at a cool 37 degrees...

My vote is the r9 270x as I can speak from experience... I am running the XFX version and the stock cooling is amazing so I could prob push it even further although I have absolutely no need as it is maxing out every game I own with ease.
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