This past Wednesday AMD launched the budget-oriented R9 graphics card called the R9 270. The card is the little brother of the R9 270X, and thus costs slightly less at $179 as opposed the R9 270X's $199+ price tag. The price difference shows in the specifications as well. The graphics card contains 1,280 stream processors and has a core clock of 925 MHz, which allows the card to perform 2.37 TFLOPS. The card is also equipped with 2 GDDR5 memory clocked at up to 1.4 GHz with a memory bandwidth of 179.2 GB/s.
These specifications are sufficient for playing most of today's popular games, such as Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider etc. According to AMD's own testing, the card pushes out 30 frames per second on a 1080p monitor with graphics settings set to "ultra quality", 4x multisampling and anti-aliasing enabled.
The cooler used is also different from the rest of the R9 series with a center mounted fan. Whether this will affect the cooling performance much, considering the lower power consumption (150 W), has yet to be seen. However, the big manufacturers of graphics cards have already announced that they will ship the R9 270, so we might soon see the R9 270 equipped with aftermarket coolers, so heat will not be a problem.