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AMD Radeon R9 270 Released; Comes Bundled With Battlefield 4

Today AMD releases another addition to its new Radeon R9 graphics card family called the R9 270. The card will be available at a starting price of $179 and come bundled with the latest Battlefield 4 shooter from DICE.

The R9 270 is being introduced to compete with Nvidia’s GTX 660 which usually costs $10-$20 more. AMD claims that the card is capable of running the latest titles at 1080p; showing 17 percent higher performance in Battlefield 4 when put against the GTX 660. Much of that is thanks to their new GCN architecture and of course the recently revealed Mantle, “technology developed by AMD to enable today’s top game developers to harness the GCN-powered cores of both PCs and consoles.” In another comparison, initial reports put the performance of the 270 alongside that of the Radeon 7870.

Those running old PSU units will still be able to run this card as it boasts a lower-power profile and requires a single PCI-E connector. Here are some of the “additional features” detailed by AMD in a press release:

  • 1,280 stream processing units
  • Up to 925MHz engine clock
  • 2GB GDDR5 memory
  • Up to 1.4 GHz (5.6Gbps) memory clock speed
  • 179.2 GB/s memory bandwidth (maximum)
  • 2.69 TFLOPS Single Precision compute power
  • API support for DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and Mantle

“The AMD Radeon R9 270 GPU continues AMD’s tradition of delivering world-class performance, features and multi-monitor support at an incredible value,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. “With Mantle, exceptional performance and ultimate gaming experiences are synonymous with AMD Radeon R7 and R9 Series graphics cards. Once again, AMD proves that Radeon™ is gaming.”

The AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics cards will be available on November 13, 2013 at a starting price of $179 USD and €134 (excluding VAT).