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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 270X MSI Hawk Edition Radeon R9 290X
Cyberpunk 2077 150% 50%
eFootball PES 2020 24% 26%
Control 219% 91%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 150% 50%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 157% 54%
Borderlands 3 92% 15%
Grand Theft Auto VI 178% 67%
Red Dead Redemption 2 150% 50%
F1 2019 108% 24%
Doom Eternal 57% 6%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 290X are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270X MSI Hawk Edition.

The R9 270X has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 290X, but the Radeon R9 290X has 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 270X. As a result, the Radeon R9 290X exhibits a 88 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 270X. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 270X has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 290X, but the Radeon R9 290X has 32 more Render Output Units than the R9 270X. As a result, the Radeon R9 290X exhibits a 28.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R9 270X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R9 290X was released less than a year after the R9 270X, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Radeon R9 290X has 2048 MB more video memory than the R9 270X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R9 290X also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon R9 290X has 140.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 270X, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R9 290X is massively better than the R9 270X.

The Radeon R9 270X MSI Hawk Edition has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 290X has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 1251 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 290X is 2394. The Radeon R9 290X having 1143 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R9 290X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 270X.

The Radeon R9 270X MSI Hawk Edition requires 180 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 290X requires 290 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270X and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Radeon R9 290X. The Radeon R9 290X requires 110 Watts more than the R9 270X to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon R9 290X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 270X.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Curacao XTGCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date09 Oct 2013vs24 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth179.2GB/secvs320GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs2816
Actual Shader Performance60%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units80vs176
Texture Rate88 GTexel/svs176 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate35.2 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power180 Wattsvs290 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 270X MSI Hawk Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 270X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 1000MHz to 1100MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1150MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card will surpass a Radeon HD 7950.
Radeon R9 290X is a high-end graphics card and the most powerful single graphics card of the Radeon R-200 Series.
It packs a Hawaii XT Core which offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface.
While the central unit runs at 1000MHz, the memory clock operates at 1250MHz.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is slightly better than GeForce GTX Titan and considerably better than GeForce GTX 780. Its release price of $549 makes Radeon R9 290X an extremely competitive graphics card. It was most powerful single-graphics-card available until November 2013.
Please note that this card is known to heat a lot and requires a very powerful PSU.
Recommended CPUIntel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 3.2GHz
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 3.2GHz
AMD FX-6100
Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz
AMD FX-4350
Intel Core i7-4771 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-4770R 4-Core 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-990X 6-Core 3.47GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades--
GPU Variants-Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition



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