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Radeon R9 270 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 vs. Radeon R7 260X 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5?

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March 27, 2014 8:11:09 PM

So a couple of months ago I purchased this machine from BestBuy: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/cyberpowerpc-gamer-xtreme-d...

After After purchasing this new computer my plan was to upgrade to a 500 watt power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then upgrade my GPU to the XFX Double Dissipation R7-260X-CDF4 Radeon R7 260X 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or upgrade to the SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100365L Radeon R9 270 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card With BOOST & OC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My question is which one should i get/ is the second one compatible with my pc? (I know the first one is compatible but if the second one is better I'll purchase that one) Ty in advance for the help.

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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2014 8:32:49 PM

Here is a full, side-by-side comparison. You'll learn far more from this than from what I or anyone else could.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w...
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March 27, 2014 9:01:23 PM

R9 270
Better bus, chipset, clock rate, etc.
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March 27, 2014 9:02:41 PM

R9 270x; there is a lot more clock rate.
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March 27, 2014 9:03:23 PM

To answer you compatibility question, if it fit one, it will fit the other. The sockets are going to be very much so related.
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March 28, 2014 12:03:31 AM

You will have more room in your case using the 260X, but if you need more power go with the 270X. Only caveat: mini ATX cases may not have much room for the 270X - in my Dell Vostro there was some cutting necessary to make it fit behind the drive bays. No modification should be necessary if you have a mid-tower. (Your link to the best buy website was broken so I couldn't check)

Both cards will work with the power supply you have. I had more luck using MSI Afterburner to OC rather than the AMD radeon catalyst overdrive software. Aftermarket cooling is probably not necessary with higher clock speeds it stays around 34C. If you plan on playing a newer game like titanfall, go with the 270X if it will fit.
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March 28, 2014 12:09:52 PM

axn8bl said:
You will have more room in your case using the 260X, but if you need more power go with the 270X. Only caveat: mini ATX cases may not have much room for the 270X - in my Dell Vostro there was some cutting necessary to make it fit behind the drive bays. No modification should be necessary if you have a mid-tower. (Your link to the best buy website was broken so I couldn't check)

Both cards will work with the power supply you have. I had more luck using MSI Afterburner to OC rather than the AMD radeon catalyst overdrive software. Aftermarket cooling is probably not necessary with higher clock speeds it stays around 34C. If you plan on playing a newer game like titanfall, go with the 270X if it will fit.


Since the links seems to be broken here's the Model: GXI3800B so that you can find it. The case's dimensions our Height: 16.8 inches
Width: 8 inches
Depth: 19.1 inches

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March 28, 2014 4:55:51 PM

I would do the 270x; because you should be able to fit the card comfortably and it's a large leap over the 260.



The two highlighted framerates in red explain the gain between the two.


BeyondTheMyths said:
axn8bl said:
You will have more room in your case using the 260X, but if you need more power go with the 270X. Only caveat: mini ATX cases may not have much room for the 270X - in my Dell Vostro there was some cutting necessary to make it fit behind the drive bays. No modification should be necessary if you have a mid-tower. (Your link to the best buy website was broken so I couldn't check)

Both cards will work with the power supply you have. I had more luck using MSI Afterburner to OC rather than the AMD radeon catalyst overdrive software. Aftermarket cooling is probably not necessary with higher clock speeds it stays around 34C. If you plan on playing a newer game like titanfall, go with the 270X if it will fit.


Since the links seems to be broken here's the Model: GXI3800B so that you can find it. The case's dimensions our Height: 16.8 inches
Width: 8 inches
Depth: 19.1 inches



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