Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
Coming in at $199 for the 2GB version we're looking at today and slightly higher at $229 for the 4GB version, the new R9 270X really hits at a great price point. For the most part, when it comes to an NVIDIA counterpart, we've either got a model that sits cheaper or one that sits more expensive.
With recent price drops, the GTX 660 comes in at around the $160 - $180 mark. So roughly $40 to $20 cheaper than the new Radeon 2GB R9 270X. The GTX 760 on the other hand comes in at around the $250 mark, making it $50 more expensive. For the most part we see the new R9 270X sit between both cards. With that said, there's also times that it manages to outperform the more expensive GTX 760.
As we mentioned in our R7 260X review the other day, the fact that one of the main competitors to the new R series cards is under the GTX 600 naming means that people feel they're buying older technology. Purely from a psychological standpoint, people will prefer something with the GTX 700 name scheme or the new R naming scheme from AMD, because they are newer models.
At $199, the new R9 270X is a great video card. The new R series of video cards bring with it some great new technology, and as we mentioned in our previous review, we really look forward to companies making use of the new Mantle API in upcoming games. Of course one of the other standout features that is brought to the R9 series is the ability to run Eyefinity without the need to have a DisplayPort monitor.
If you're looking to spend around the $200 mark, it's fairly safe to say that this is more than likely what you are going to be looking at. The only other question we have now is what happens if you want to spend more? Well, keep an eye out for a review on the new Radeon R9 280X 3GB soon.