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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition Radeon Sky 700
Cyberpunk 2077 174% 161%
eFootball PES 2020 23% 17%
The Division 2 205% 190%
Doom Eternal 72% 63%
Metro: Exodus 205% 190%
Borderlands 3 111% 101%
Grand Theft Auto VI 205% 190%
Watch Dogs Legion 111% 101%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 182% 168%
FIFA 20 21% 15%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon Sky 700 are marginally better than the AMD Radeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition.

The R9 270 was released less than a year after the Radeon Sky 700, 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 Sky 700 has 4096 MB more video memory than the R9 270, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon Sky 700 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon Sky 700 has 84.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 270, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon Sky 700 is much better than the R9 270.

The Radeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon Sky 700 has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 270 is 1061 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon Sky 700 is 1048. The R9 270 having 13 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon Sky 700 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition requires 175 Watts to run and the Radeon Sky 700 requires 225 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270. The Radeon Sky 700 requires 50 Watts more than the R9 270 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon Sky 700 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 270.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock975 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Curacao PRO-
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date13 Nov 2013vs25 Mar 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth179.2GB/secvs264GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs1792
Actual Shader Performance51%vs50%
Texture Mapping Units80vs-
Texture Rate72 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units32vs-
Pixel Rate28.8 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs-
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power175 Wattsvs225 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class Radeon R9 270.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "TwinFrozr", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and with various modes whereas the gaming mode allows a central unit speed of 975MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance boost over the standard edition.
Radeon Sky 700 is a high-end GFX that's based on the 28nm, GCN architecture.
Its performance is comparable to a single Radeon HD 7950, due to the Core similarities but consumes more power (up to 225 Watt).
Recommended CPUAMD APU A10-5800B Quad-Core
AMD Phenom II X4 40
AMD Phenom II X4 945
AMD Phenom II X4 940
Intel Core i3-7300T 2-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-4785T 4-Core 2.2GHz
Intel Xeon E5-2407 v2
Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz
Intel Core i5-4670S 3.1GHz
Intel Xeon Processor W3670
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon R9 390X Sapphire Tri-X w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X PowerColor Devil 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU III Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X HIS IceQ X OC 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X XFX Double Dissipation Black 8GB Edition
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