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AMD Radeon R9 270 Review: Replacing The Radeon HD 7800s

Results: Metro: Last Light

The Metro series is known for generating taxing graphics loads at its most demanding settings. We dialed Last Light back a bit to facilitate more playable frame rates in the sub-$200 graphics card tier.

We probably could have played it safe and stepped the eye candy back another notch, since our entire collection of cards touches 30 FPS or less in the most demanding passages. Nevertheless, the finishing order is similar to what we already saw in Call of Duty and Battlefield 4.

In general, Metro: Last Light is good for low average frame time variance with occasional big spikes. All of the tested cards suffer equally from this phenomenon.

  • 16bit
    Seems like a pretty solid card, but I would like to see benchmarks that include some of the higher end cards. Curious how big the gap between the 280x and the 270 is.
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  • CaptainTom
    I actually like this card... Make an overclocking review!
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  • esrever
    I feel like they don't need a 270x now since board partners could just have released OCed versions of this to fill the slot. Strange that they don't have a 7850 replacement.
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  • m32
    11925880 said:
    I actually like this card... Make an overclocking review!

    I doubt this card has too much headroom in that department. The 6-pin is a gift and a curse.
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  • wdmfiber
    The chart need a typo fixed. The 7870 is I incorrectly labeled as 40nm, but it's built on the 28nm fab process; just like everything else. .

    Frig... we've been stuck at 28nm for so long it's just "understood". You could get-away with leaving that whole column out.
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  • Sakkura
    Wonder if there'll be any versions with two 6-pin power connectors. They could be great value for overclocking.
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  • bustapr
    I wonder, how exactly does overclocking work with these cards? Wouldnt it just be varying its fan speeds whenever it hits a certain temperature and sends clockspeeds all over the place?
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  • AMD Radeon
    i am waiting for a price cut for R9 series

    the previous version, 7870 GHz edition and 7870 XT is now so cheap
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  • tomfreak
    I will not be surprise they gonna release a R9-260X (R9 version of 260X) that is a rebrand of 7850. A curacao chip with a broken CU has to go somewhere.....
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  • witcherx
    why not radeon 7850 2gb?
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