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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition GeForce 9800 GX2
Cyberpunk 2077 91% 460%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 74% 412%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 69% 396%
FIFA 21 4% 183%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 69% 396%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 173% 703%
Watch Dogs Legion 84% 440%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 80% 430%
Grand Theft Auto VI 168% 688%
Genshin Impact 91% 460%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 9800 GX2.

The R9 270X has a 500 MHz higher core clock speed but 48 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce 9800 GX2. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the R9 270X manages to provide 11.2 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 270X has a 500 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce 9800 GX2 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 270X providing 16 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 270X was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 9800 GX2, and so the R9 270X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce 9800 GX2 when running the latest games.

The R9 270X has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce 9800 GX2, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 270X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 270X has 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 9800 GX2, which means that the memory performance of the R9 270X is much better than the GeForce 9800 GX2.

The Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9800 GX2 has 256. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 1251 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9800 GX2 is 154. The R9 270X having 1097 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 270X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 9800 GX2.

The R9 270X transistor size technology is 37 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 9800 GX2. This means that the R9 270X is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 9800 GX2.

The Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition requires 180 Watts to run and the GeForce 9800 GX2 requires 197 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270X and a PSU with at least 580 Watts for the GeForce 9800 GX2. The GeForce 9800 GX2 requires 17 Watts more than the R9 270X to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce 9800 GX2 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the R9 270X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Curacao XTG92 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs01 Mar 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
9.6
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1920x1080
7.7
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2560x1440
5.7
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3840x2160
4.1
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth192GB/secvs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs256
Actual Shader Performance60%vs7%
Technology28nmvs65nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs128
Texture Rate88 GTexel/svs76.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate35.2 GPixel/svs19.2 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power180 Wattsvs197 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs580 Watts & 35 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.4vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 270X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Tri-X", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 1000MHz to 1100MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1150MHz. Also, the operating memory clock is now of 1500MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card will surpass a Radeon HD 7950.
With two on-board GPUs, a GeForce 9800 GX2-based graphics solution is bar-none the fastest graphics card available, and when paired with a 7 Series NVIDIA nForce motherboard, creates the latest in a line of powerful NVIDIA gaming platforms. Be blown away by scorching frame rates, true-to-life extreme HD gaming, and picture-perfect Blu-ray and HD DVD movies.
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