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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game Radeon R9 270X Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition Quadro Plex 7000
Cyberpunk 2077 94% 101%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 79% 85%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 99% 106%
Genshin Impact 95% 102%
eFootball PES 2021 1% 2%
Marvel's Avengers 85% 92%
Watch Dogs Legion 88% 95%
FIFA 21 1% 2%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 180% 190%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 73% 79%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 270X Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia Quadro Plex 7000.

The R9 270X has a 476 MHz higher core clock speed but 48 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the Quadro Plex 7000. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the R9 270X manages to provide 10.5 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 476 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro Plex 7000, but the Quadro Plex 7000 has 64 more Render Output Units than the R9 270X. As a result, the Quadro Plex 7000 exhibits a 21.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R9 270X. 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 a year more recently than the Quadro Plex 7000, and so the R9 270X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Quadro Plex 7000.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Quadro Plex 7000 has 8192 MB more video memory than the R9 270X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Quadro Plex 7000 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro Plex 7000 has 108.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 270X, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro Plex 7000 is massively better than the R9 270X.

The Radeon R9 270X Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro Plex 7000 has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 1197 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro Plex 7000 is 1176. The R9 270X having 21 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Quadro Plex 7000 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The R9 270X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro Plex 7000. This means that the R9 270X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro Plex 7000.

The Radeon R9 270X Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition requires 225 Watts to run and the Quadro Plex 7000 requires 600 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270X and a PSU with at least 900 Watts for the Quadro Plex 7000. The Quadro Plex 7000 requires 375 Watts more than the R9 270X to run. The difference is significant enough that the Quadro Plex 7000 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 270X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1050 MHzvs574 MHz
Boost Clock1100 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Curacao XTFermi GF100 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date09 Oct 2013vs25 Jul 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs12288 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs750 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth179.2GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs1024
Actual Shader Performance58%vs57%
Texture Mapping Units80vs128
Texture Rate84 GTexel/svs73.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs96
Pixel Rate33.6 GPixel/svs55.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs4
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power225 Wattsvs600 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs900 Watts & 60 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 270X Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 270X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "DirectCU II", 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 1050MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1100MHz. Furthermore the frame buffer was doubled to 4GB. However, this is a gimmick and it will not yield any extra performance, thus the card offers exactly the same performance that 2GB version does.
Benchmarks indicate a 2.5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card performs on level with a Radeon HD 7950.
Quadro Plex 7000 is an enthusiast professional card based on the 40nm, Fermi architecture.

It's based on 2 Fermi GF100 GPUs and thus offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 96 ROPs, on a 768-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 574MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 750MHz. It has a L2 Cache of 1536KB and a rated board TDP of 600 Watts.

Despite exhibiting similarities to GeForce GTX 590, due to being under-clocked and because Quadro Plex 7000's drivers are only certified for professional applications only, its gaming performance is up to 10% slower than GeForce GTX 590.
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