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Radeon R9 270 vs Radeon R9 380 2G

Intro

The Radeon R9 270 has a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1400 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 380 2G, which features a GPU core clock speed of 970 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1425 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1792 Stream Processors, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R9 380 2G 8850 points
Radeon R9 270 5943 points
Difference: 2907 (49%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 380 2G 19 Mh/s
Radeon R9 270 15 Mh/s
Difference: 4 (27%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 270 150 Watts
Radeon R9 380 2G 190 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 380 2G should in theory be a little bit superior to the Radeon R9 270 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 182400 MB/sec
Radeon R9 270 179200 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 2G should be a lot (more or less 51%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 270. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 108640 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 270 72000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36640 (51%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 2G will be a bit (approximately 8%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 270, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 31040 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 270 28800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2240 (8%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Radeon R9 270

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon R9 270 Radeon R9 380 2G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2013 June 2015
Code Name Curacao Pro Antigua PRO
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 5600 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 179200 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 72000 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28800 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2800 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon R9 270

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Radeon R9 380 2G

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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