Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
The R9 270X 2GB starts at $199.99, but we see a lot come in at the $209.99 mark; including the ASUS R9 270X DirectCU II TOP 2GB. The range on the model though, is quite big, as we see some 2GB offerings coming in as high as $239.99. For what we've seen today from ASUS, this card really is priced just as you'd expect. Slightly higher than the standard price, but not so high that you have to start thinking of whether or not it's worth it.
Performance on a whole is really quite remarkable from the R9 270X 2GB. For just over $200, you're getting a card that manages to perform extremely strong under most games at 1920 x 1200 with no real issue. At times, we see that 2560 x 1600 also isn't an issue, and under something a bit older like Just Cause 2, we can see that AA and AF is even an option at 1920 x 1200.
Looking at the cooler, we don't have any real surprises. Just as you'd hope and expect, the DirectCU II unit is good. It puts out good heat and noise numbers, but we must say the idle numbers are what really stand out in a positive way. At idle, both the noise level and the core temperature numbers are extremely strong.
As for the package, it's all very standard with not a whole lot going on. As we've said so many times before though: we've seen companies over the last few years, cut down on the packaging and instead put more into the product itself, which is something we love.
For $200, the R9 270X continues to be an extremely strong product at this price bracket. There's not a whole lot you can complain about when it comes to this particular model. As for the version from ASUS, it's everything you'd expect it to be. ASUS has put a good product together with the R9 270X DirectCU II TOP version. The core overclock is strong, and we see a consistent 5% increase in performance almost across the board, with that extra 5% coming in handy at times.