Introduction of the HIS R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 2GB OC
Recently if feels like in my own personal categories the focus has been on the higher-end segment of hardware. As much as we love those super-fast and super-expensive pieces of hardware, there's no denying that they continue to be out of reach for a lot of people. Today we move back to the middle of the video card pack to see what's going on with one of AMD's mid-range video cards.
The Radeon R9 270X 2GB from AMD managed to do what most of the R series of cards did, and that was impress us. Sitting around the $200 mark, the model hit at a great price point and provided some fantastic performance. It's been a while since we've looked at the model, and we're looking forward to seeing just what's going on with the model in more ways than one.
It will be interesting to see how the model compares to the original reference video card we looked at with its launch driver. We've also expanded our benchmark line up since the launch and it will be great to see what's going on with the mid-range model in some of the more recent releases.
The particular version of the R9 270X 2GB we're looking at today comes from HIS and falls into the IceQ X2 Turbo Boost series. We've looked at a couple of IceQ X2 cards from HIS and been impressed with them, albeit the particular ones we've been looking at have sat at the top of the pyramid. Still, let's leave it at that and see what happens with the mid-range R9 270X 2GB when HIS get its hands-on it.
Package - What comes inside the box
Taking a look at the package, you can see the overall design is very typical. We've got that IceQ X2 design with the series mentioned in the middle. Across the top, you can see the HIS logo, along with the Turbo one, while the bottom gives us the model and some of the main features which include 2GB GDDR5 and 4K support.
Turning the box over, you can see we've got a rundown of some of the main features including Full Solid State Capacitors, IceQ X2 Cooling Technology and Dynamic Phase Control PWM IC.
Diving inside the package, it's pretty standard. We've got a little booklet which carries with it a driver CD, Multi-Language Quick Install Guide and a HIS case sticker. Along with this, you can see the bundle also includes a DVI to VGA connector to round things off.
We haven't got much, but to be completely honest, you will most likely not use any of it either way, as you should grab the latest driver from the AMD website and VGA monitors are hardly common these days.
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]