The PowerColor PCS+ R9 270X is capable of delivering smooth game play on 1920x1080 displays. Furthermore you can enjoy maxed out details at 1080p, except in some demanding titles like Crysis 3. Overall the card delivers excellent performance. PCS+ cooling is good and even under load the GPU clock stays clocked at 1100MHz.
Radeons based on the new Hawaii chip are susceptible to GPU clock variations at higher temperatures and we advise anyone who is interested in picking up an R9 290X or R9 290 to invest in a non-reference card. PowerColor has two non-reference Hawaii cards, a water cooled version and an air-cooled model with a triple-fan cooler.
There are practically no reference 270X cards, so we pitted the PCS+ against the XFX DD R9 279X 1050M card, which is reference clocked.
- Motherboard: Intel DZ87KLT-75K
- CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K, 4x3.5GHz (Haswell)
- CPU Cooler: EVGA
- Memory: 2x4GB Corsair DDR3 2400MHz
- Harddisk: Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB
- Case: CoolerMaster Cosmos II Ultra Tower
- Operating System: Win8.1 64-bit- CPU
- Nvidia GeForce 332.21 WHQL drivers
- AMD 13-12_win7_win8_64_dd_ccc_whql