The Radeon HD 7870 GHz launched in early 2012 with a retail price of around 340 euro. At press time the same card can be found for about 150 euro. It's a great time to be a gamer.
Today we looked at XFX R9-270X-CDFC which is available for 175 euro. You pay a premium for the custom cooler which will not disappoint you if the silence is on your list of priorities. Practically all partners are selling R9 270X cards at a higher price than the HD 7870 GHz Edition, on average you have to pay 10 to 20 euro more for the R9 270X.
For those who did not know AMD’s new Radeon R9 270X is identical to the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition. That means the R9 270X card is based on the 28 nm "Pitcairn" silicon. New R9 270X name is a part of AMD’s rebranding strategy. It is purely a marketing strategy. Obviously the HD 7870 is a mature product and AMD wanted to extend the product lifecycle with a name change. However, this is nothing new in the GPU business and we won’t complain too much. The 7870 and the R9 270X are still very potent cards and deliver good value for money.
Thanks to the updated display controller hardware the new R9-series cards are a bit better compared to the HD 7000-series when it comes to using multiple displays. Now you can run three-monitor setup, without need for the DisplayPort monitors, because a third monitor can be connected to the HDMI output.
To sum up, you won’t go wrong with the DD R9 270X 1050M. The card can easily deliver playable frame rates at 1080p. The cooler looks great and it is very quiet, which is the card’s main selling point. The Battlefield 4 bundle is another one, provided you get the card before the year is out. With that in mind, this card looks like a good choice for gamers on a budget, especially if they are into the Battlefield franchise.