This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the VisionTek Radeon R9 270X 2GB OC.
1080p Performance: VisionTek has a good card on its hands with the Radeon R9 270X 2GB OC, with some good performance at 1080p. It still loses to the GTX 960 in most of the tests, but AMD fans have a card that performs close to the GTX 960, with slightly less power consumption.
4K 30FPS Average: Most of our games in our benchmark lineup were running at around 30FPS at 4K, which is great for a card of this price.
Loud Fans: During our testing, it was a strange thing to hear the fans on the VisionTek Radeon R9 270X 2GB OC turn on and make a decent amount of sound. Coming in off the various GeForce GTX 960s, which make next to no sound or none at all, it is a surprise.
AMD's Radeon 300 Series is Nearly Here: We shouldn't be waiting too much longer to see what AMD has in store for the world with its Radeon 300 series, which makes it hard to recommend what VisionTek has here for us today.
If this video card was something I reviewed before NVIDIA launched its Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 960s, I probably would've thought much different about it. But, when looking at all of the benchmark charts and seeing the Radeon R9 270X 2GB OC from VisionTek being slaughtered in nearly every test and in every resolution, it's hard to recommend.
It's not a bad card, it's a multi-sided issue. I reviewed the card late into its life, NVIDIA has released the super-efficient GTX 960 GPU, and AMD is on the eve of unveiling its new Radeon 300 series of GPUs. This is when things are going to get very interesting for AMD and its AIB partners, but it leaves some of the older cards like the VisionTek Radeon R9 270X 2GB OC out in the dark at this time.
This isn't a problem with VisionTek or AMD, it's just bad timing. If you're in the market for an AMD video card and you are sure you don't want an NVIDIA chip, the VisionTek Radeon R9 270X 2GB OC is a good card. It's not a great card by any means, with louder-than-normal fans (again, coming in from some pretty damn power efficient VGA cards), and not-so-great performance.
But, with 4K performance at around 30FPS average and 1080p performance of around 50FPS average, that's something you can't complain about. If you're in the market for an AMD-based GPU and you need something right now, and don't want to wait for the Radeon 300 series, the VisionTek Radeon R9 270X 2GB OC won't disappoint... it just won't surprise you much, either.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (overclocking, power)||80%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||70%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||70%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||70%|
|Value for Money||70%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||72%|
The Bottom Line: With the GeForce GTX 960 here and the Radeon 300 series right around the corner, this is a hard sell. The VisionTek Radeon R9 270X 2GB OC is not a bad card by any means, it just has a hard spot in the market right now.
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