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PowerColor Radeon R9 270X PCS+ 2GB Video Card Review - The Card and Specifications

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 10, 2014 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: PowerColor

The Card




Taking a look at the card, you can see we've got a nice looking cooler that manages to take up pretty much the entire PCB. We've got a dual fan setup, with a massive heat sink in the back ground. You can see a number of copper heat pipes that help draw the heat away from the GPUs. The cooler looks strong, but until we get our temperature numbers, we really don't know for sure just how good it is.






Moving away from the front of the card, and taking the time to look at the other areas, you can see that power comes in the form of two 6-Pin PCIe power connectors. Staying across the top of the card, but moving closer to the front, you can see we've got a single CrossFire connector, in the event that you want to run two of these cards together.




Before heading to the I/O side of things, we quickly flip over the card to see the Turbo Timer slot. The add-on for select PowerColor cards works the same way a Turbo Timer on a car works, by keeping the engine running, giving the chance for the Turbo to spool down. Once you turn your computer off, the fan on the card continues to run to cool the card down. It's not something we'd really recommend people bother with though. It's extremely gimmicky.




Finishing up our look at the card, we head on over to the I/O side of things. Here, we've got a fairly standard setup, with two Dual-Link DVI ports being offered; one being DVI-D and the other DVI-I. Along with those, we've got a HDMI and DisplayPort connector to round things off, along with some vents to help push some of the hot air straight out of the back of the case.





Being a PCS+ card means that we've not only got an updated cooler, but also an overclock. Out of the box, a reference R9 270X 2GB will bring a 1050MHz core clock with it, while the 2GB of GDDR5 will come in at 5600MHz QDR.




Looking above, you can see that PowerColor has chosen to give the core a slight boost, moving it up to 1100MHz. As for the 2GB of GDDR5, while most companies choose to leave it alone, PowerColor has bumped that slightly to 5700MHz QDR.

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