Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts
Priced at a little over the $200 mark, the HIS R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 2GB shows us the kind of value for money AMD continue to offer with the help of their partners. As much as we all love the GTX TITAN Black Edition and R9 295 X2, we can't deny that for most people, the want and desire for them is much greater than the actual demand. It's at this price point that both AMD and NVIDIA move volume and it's important to be strong here.
Looking at the HIS R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 2GB, you do have to find yourself kind of surprised with just what this mid-range $200 odd video card is capable of achieving.
While you might expect the likes of something older like Just Cause 2 having no problems, the fact that something newer like Sleeping Dogs works well is a testament to the video card. We can see even under our most recent benchmark GRID Autosport it manages to score a solid 40 FPS minimum - it only falls short with a 50 FPS average. With such a solid minimum, though, a slight detail drop to bring that average to the mid to high 50s range is going to result in a playable gaming experience at 2560 x 1600, on a card that costs just under $200.
Moving away from the performance for a minute and going onto the other surroundings of the card, the only area that you feel a bit short changed on is the bundle. With that said, though, it's an area that has been getting thinner and thinner over the years as companies, like HIS, have done here today, let the actual product do all the talking. The cooler on the card is extremely strong, it runs at a great noise level, and temperature numbers are on the low side too, which is always great.
If you wanted to extract a bit more performance out of the already overclocked card, you could install the HIS iTurbo software to help push the clocks even higher, without having to be concerned about the extra noise or extra heat that would be seen.
If you're looking for a mid-range video card that isn't going to break the bank, the chances are the R9 270X 2GB is a model that you've been looking at from AMD. As for the HIS variant of the card, we've got a really nice offering here. I'm a huge fan of the I/O configuration they're using, which sees two Mini DisplayPort connectors. The overclock on the core is nice enough to give us a performance boost and the cooler is capable of giving us some more headroom, if we want to fire up some overclocking software and go a bit higher.
HIS have done a good job ticking all the right boxes here today with the R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 2GB. While the bundle might be a little on the light side, the company has made up for it in more ways than one. If you're looking at a video card that is in that $200 price bracket, the HIS R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 2GB is something that you should be looking at.
PRICING: You can find the HIS R9 270X IceQ X Turbo Boost Clock 2GB for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The HIS R9 270X IceQ X Turbo Boost Clock 2GB retails for $269.99 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Video Card Details and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks -Metro Last Light & Nexuiz]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Hitman Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 17 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]
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