Diamond Boost Radeon R9 270X Reviewccokeman -
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Diamond Boost Radeon R9 270X Introduction:
It's been a while since I have looked at a card from Diamond, and it has an interesting option thanks to a change in the cooling solution employed and additional boost clock speed that moves it to a Boost Edition card. Diamond's Boost Edition cards are factory overclocked cards with enhanced boost clock speeds to help increase the performance potential while gaming. As part of the mid range of AMD-based cards, the R9 270X is based on AMD's Pitcairn core first seen in the HD 7870 GHz Edition cards.
While you would think that the R9 270X would deliver the same performance as the HD 7870, you might be a bit surprised. I have seen that, for the most part, they deliver higher average FPS numbers using the same architecture. What drives the performance of these cards, including Diamond's offering here, are the enhanced clock speeds employed by each manufacturer, with performance following the clock speeds. Diamond's Boost Edition features a "Boost" clock speed of 1050MHz on the Pitcairn core and 1400MHz for the 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Having the performance to run the numbers at the right resolution is only part of the performance puzzle. You need to keep the card cool enough to deliver that gaming performance over the long haul. In this respect Diamond comes to the table with a large, dual fan, heat pipe-equipped cooler that looks capable of keeping even higher rated cards cool.
Priced at roughly $205, the Diamond R9 270X is not going to break the bank. Let's take a look at the card and see what Diamond has to offer with this card.
Diamond Boost Radeon R9 270X Closer Look:
The graphic used on the Diamond Boost R9 270X features an interesting background image, with the series of the card noted up front and center. Around the perimeter of the package you get the company logo, see that the card is equipped with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and is a Boost Edition factory overclocked card. The back side of the package lists the AMD specific functionality along the bottom and highlights that this card uses AMD's GCN Architecture, is ready for HD 4K Gaming, and comes with support for up to three monitors in an Eyefinity configuration. Internally you get a brown cardboard box with the card, manual, driver disc, and Diamond 2014 product catalog. Not much in the way of accessories, but most modern power supplies are now equipped with at least a pair of 6-pin PCIe plugs and monitors are usually DVI, so adapters are not needed.