Another day, another R series based video card from AMD. This time, we're looking at another one of the R9 cards. While the other day, we had a look at the entry-level R9 model in the MSI R9 270 2GB Gaming OC, today we're looking at the model above that: the ASUS R9 270X DirectCU II TOP 2GB.
It has been a long time between testing ASUS video cards, but we were so happy to see the ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP 3GB roll through our labs a few weeks ago. And, we were even more impressed to see it perform exceptionally well, with a really strong overclock being achieved on the model. If you find yourself thinking of the ASUS series of cards, but feel that the R9 280X $300 price tag is too much, the cheaper R9 270X version might be just what you're looking for.
There's really not much more that needs to be said. We all have a good idea about who ASUS is, and we've looked at so many AMD video cards over the last few months, that we have a good idea of exactly where each model sits in the market. So, with haste, let's get stuck into the package, and see just what ASUS is offering us here today with the R9 270X DirectCU II TOP 2GB.
Taking a look at the box, you can see the overall design isn't anything new. We've got the model clearly shown, along with mention that it's of course one of the DirectCU II TOP cards. We can also see some of the main features across the bottom, which include the TOP Overclocked Edition, 3GB GDDR5 Memory, Digi VRM, and support for GPU Tweak. Turning the box over, you can see it goes into a whole lot more detail on the main features that are offered. We've got a good run down on the DirectCU II cooler, Digi+ VRM Super Allow Power, and information about GPU Tweak. In the bottom left corner, you can also see a description on the I/O panel. We will of course look closer at that in a few moments.
Taking a look in the package, you can see we've got the Speed Setup and Driver CD, which includes GPU Tweak. Due to when we received the card, we didn't get a complete package. Along with these two items, we also have a Dual Molex to 6-Pin PCIe power connector, and CrossFire bridge to round things out.