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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 270X Crossfire GeForce GTX 285 SLI
Hitman 3 58% 167%
Cyberpunk 2077 21% 105%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 11% 88%
Resident Evil 8 21% 105%
FIFA 21 39% 4%
Grand Theft Auto VI 71% 189%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 82%
Genshin Impact 21% 105%
Far Cry 6 76% 197%
The Medium 51% 156%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 270X Crossfire are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 SLI.

The R9 270X has a 352 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 285. This results in the R9 270X providing 56.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 352 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 285 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 270X providing 22.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 270X was released over three years more recently than the GTX 285, and so the R9 270X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 285 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 R9 270X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 285, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 270X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 270X has 40.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 285, which means that the memory performance of the R9 270X is noticeably better than the GTX 285.

The Radeon R9 270X Crossfire has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 285 SLI has 480. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 2285 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 285 is 311. The R9 270X having 1974 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 270X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 285.

The R9 270X transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 285. This means that the R9 270X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 285.

The Radeon R9 270X Crossfire requires 360 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 285 SLI requires 408 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 270X and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 285. The GTX 285 requires 48 Watts more than the R9 270X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 285 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 270X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs648 MHz
Boost Clock1050 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Curacao XT (x2)Tesla GT200 B3 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs01 Dec 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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1600x900 - vs green tick
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2560x1440 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs1242 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs1024 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth358.4GB/secvs318GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs480
Actual Shader Performance100%vs15%
Texture Mapping Units160vs160
Texture Rate160 GTexel/svs103.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate64 GPixel/svs41.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs4
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power360 Wattsvs408 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Wattsvs750 Watts & 55 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.4vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 270X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 270X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 270X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to x% better than a single Radeon R9 270X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon R9 270X. Expect this combination to draw up to 360 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
GeForce GTX 285 SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 285 put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may cause micro stuttering in FPS below 30. This means this combination might even perform worse than a single GTX 285.
The optimal performance it delivers is largely better than a single GeForce GTX 295.
Therefore, this combination is sufficient for gaming at 1080p and most demanding games can be played at the highest settings.
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