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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition Radeon R9 270
Cyberpunk 2077 73% 183%
Control 121% 261%
eFootball PES 2020 14% 40%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 73% 183%
Grand Theft Auto VI 92% 214%
Borderlands 3 33% 117%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 78% 190%
Red Dead Redemption 2 73% 183%
F1 2019 43% 135%
FIFA 20 33% 10%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270.

The HD 7970 has a 170 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R9 270. This results in the HD 7970 providing 65 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 HD 7970 has a 170 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 270 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7970 providing 5.4 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 Radeon R9 270 was released less than a year after the HD 7970, 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 HD 7970 has 1024 MB more video memory than the Radeon R9 270, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7970 has 108.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R9 270, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7970 is massively better than the Radeon R9 270.

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270 has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7970 is 2002 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 270 is 1006. The HD 7970 having 996 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R9 270.

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition requires 300 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270 requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 7970 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon R9 270. The HD 7970 requires 150 Watts more than the Radeon R9 270 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7970 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R9 270.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1070 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs925 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2GCN 1.1 Curacao PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Great
Release Date05 Mar 2013vs13 Nov 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1400 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth288GB/secvs179.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1280
Actual Shader Performance96%vs48%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs80
Texture Rate137 GTexel/svs72 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate34.2 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections4vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 46 Ampsvs500 Watts & 32 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1070MHz, instead of 1000MHz, while the Boost Achieves 1150MHz, instead of 1050MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
MSIs Twin Frozr V Thermal Designs are equipped with Zero Frozr technology which was first introduced by MSI back in 2008. Zero Frozr technology eliminates fan noise in low-load situations by stopping the fans when they are not needed. Compared to other graphics cards, there is no continuous hum of airflow to tell you there's a powerful graphics card in your gaming rig.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 6% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
Overview
Radeon R9 270 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Curacao PRO which has 20 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 900MHz and goes up to 925MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1400MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Radeon R9 270 is a direct rebrand of Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) which is essentially a Power Optimized Radeon HD 7870/Radeon HD 8870 (OEM).
It proves to be as fast as Radeon HD 7870/Radeon HD 8870 (OEM) .

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i5-7500T 2.7GHz
Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz
Intel Xeon Processor X5670
FX-8310
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2
Intel Core i7-2600S 4-Core 2.8GHz
Intel Core i3-7320 2-Core 4.1GHz
Intel Core i5-2550K 3.4GHz
Intel Core i5-4460S 2.9GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU III OC Strix Gaming 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
Radeon 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
GPU Variants-Radeon R9 270 HIS iCooler 2GB Edition
Radeon R9 270 HIS IceQ X² 2GB Edition
Radeon R9 270 XFX Double D 2GB Edition
Radeon R9 270 Sapphire Dual-X 2GB OC Edition
Radeon R9 270 PowerColor 2GB OC Edition
Radeon R9 270 Club3D royalQueen Edition
Radeon R9 270 Club3D '14Series Edition
Radeon R9 270 HIS IceQ X Turbo Edition
Radeon R9 270 DirectCU II OC Edition
Radeon R9 270 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC Edition
Radeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition

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