AMD Launches Radeon R9 370X on the Sly

While much of the attention today has been focused on the R9 Nano and what that card will mean for AMD, another card was also quietly released. Dubbed the R9 370X, the “new” GPU features our old friend Pitcairn. Like much of AMD’s lineup, the card is a rebrand of the 7870 and R7 270/270X, utilizing Pitcairn XT. This gives the card 1280 shader processors, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, connected to either 2 or 4GB of GDDR5 over a 256bit bus.

The biggest question remaining about the card is what clocks it will have. The 7870 debuted at 1000mhz while the 270X bumped that up to 1050mhz. Given the limitations of GCN, we peak boost clocks will probably fall between 1100-1150mhz. While this does provide a chip to slot in between the R7 370 and the R9 380, the card is still limited to GCN 1.0, meaning newer features like FreeSync, color compression, TrueAudio and improved tessellation performance are missing.

Interestingly, the 370X is only launching in one market for now, China. This means you shouldn’t expect the card to arrive in other markets just yet. The first AiB partner pictured is the Sapphire Vapor-X model which is pretty much the same look as the Vapor-X 270X. With the launch of Nvidia’s GTX 950, AMD had only the R7 370 to do battle but fell behind in performance. The 370X should give AMD the crown back as long as the price is competitive.

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Braebo Computers ‘Titan’ Budget AMD Gaming System Review

Introduction


When we take a wide look at the pre-built systems market in the UK, the number of names out there that one can choose from is growing on a near day-to-day basis. The scale at which each of these system integrators run does vary quite considerably and on the high-end of the scale where the big names such as Scan Computers and Overclockers UK dominate the market, competition is fierce and the number of systems that each name has to offer covers an incredibly wide range of budgets. When we look towards the other end of the scale, where getting your name out there is key, pitching just high-end systems that costs hundreds to buy is not exactly going to be an easy way of doing this. Instead of offering systems on the upper end of the performance scale, the other option is to create a line of budget friendly systems that contain a more modest level of performance making them ideal for the first time buyer who is just getting their feet into the door and the world of gaming on a PC.

Based in Rushden, Northamptonshire; Braebo Computers, compared to the big names out there, are a small company that was setup by two brothers since they started building systems for the public back in 2002. Since then they have developed a small range of systems, all with components from some of the biggest brands in the industry and whilst their operation my be small, they strive to offer excellent value for money with a customer service that would rival that of the market leaders. Building quality systems that are suited to your needs are where they excel and this ethos is what is driving them forward in a highly competitive market space.

The system that we are taking a look at today is one of their latest creations, offering an all-AMD based lineup consisting of the latest A10-7700k APU and an R9 270 graphics card, along with an SSD courtesy of Corsair, 16GB of memory from Crucial and off of this is spread out across one of Gigabyte’s top performing AMD boards – the F2A88X G1 Sniper. Alongside the system itself, our review package today consists of a full desktop setup that Braebo offer to all of their customers meaning that we have all the basic items needed to get the system up and running – ideal for the first time buyer. In this care package we have a 22″ monitor for AOC and a USB mouse and keyboard set from Microsoft. In addition the Titan comes with the lastest version of Windows 8.1 pre-installed and the added extra of a wireless card for connecting your new system into your home network. It looks as though all the basic essentials have been taken care of and ticked off, so lets take a look at the Titan system and see what it’s made of.

  • Name: Braebo Titan
  • Case: Xigmatek Asgard 381
  • MB: Gigabyte G1 A88X Sniper
  • CPU: AMD ‘Kaveri’ A10 7700k Quad Core APU @ 3.4GHz
  • Cooler: Stock AMD
  • RAM: 16GB Crucial CT2KIT102464BA160B 1600MHz (8GB x2)
  • SSD: Corsair Force LS 64GB
  • HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
  • GPU: VTX3D AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB
  • PSU: Corsair CX600
  • ODD: 24x Dual-Layer DVD Writer
  • WLAN: Asus PCE-N10 802.11n 150Mbps
  • Monitor: AOC E2250S 22″ LED
  • Peripherals: Microsoft Basics Mouse & Keyboard
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Warranty: 3 year RTB – 1 month collect & return
  • Price: £799.99 Inc VAT / £699 Inc VAT without monitor, mouse & keyboard

Compared to the full on specifications of the systems that we have seen up to today, Braebo’s Titan is more modest and this all comes down to its target audience. When looking across the board at every pre-built system that can be bought, the main bulk of these are aimed directly at the mainstream consumer and up towards the super enthusiast, where money is no object and performance is everything. The Titan brings this all back down to earth with a more basic lineup of components that round-up to a price that is more suited to the entry-level end of the spectrum.

When we look at the accessory set of a pre-built system, on the whole it is made up of all the little extras that come with each individual component such as manuals, adaptors and cables. Braebo’s Titan is no different, although depending on the package that you opt for, you can choose to get a complete setup headed your way instead. in the complete package Braebo bundle in a 22″ AOC monitor and a Microsoft mouse and keyboard set, giving you everything that you need to get up and running.

New AMD Never Settle Forever Gaming Bundle Launching Next Week

AMD have had massive success from their Never Settle bundles, offering gamers a huge saving on their graphics cards by bundling many of today’s top gaming titles. Of course some of those games are getting a little older now, but that’s spurred AMD to go back to the drawing board and make a few tweaks to their playlist, and they’ll be relaunching the revised bundle on the 21st of this month.

The bundle will be divided over three tiers, those who buy a R9 295X2, R9 290(x) or R9 280(x) will be entitled to pick three games, R9 270(x) and R7 260 purchasers can pick two games and finally R5 250 and R7 240 will allow you one title from the list. The keys that are bundled with the cards can be activated up until August 2014.

The latest title to the list will be Murdered: Soul Suspect, which is not yet released, but will pre-activate for download in June and you’ll also not the addition of 4 indie games which will be available in packs of two (of your choosing).

The rest is pretty much the same, so you can still expect the big hitters such as Tomb Raider and Hitman, but BioShock, Crysis and Far Cry are unfortunately gone in favour of Thief, which now supports both AMD TrueAudio and Mantle.

Check out the list below for full details and thank you VideoCardz.com for providing us with this chart.

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Passive Cooled Powercolor R9 270 Launched

Powercolour have rolled out their latest R9 270 graphics card, which features a completely passive cooler design. Now of course this may not be the most powerful graphics card on the market, but the temptation of having a card that runs at 0dBA is great for those wanting a silent build or HTPC.

The heatsink is of course huge, featuring six heatpipes to keep the thing from overheating and given the overall specifications its not exactly easy to keep it cool. The card features a clock speed of 920MHz for the GPU, 2GB of GDDR5 memory at 5600MHz and a 256-bit memory interface. This being part of the R9 270 range, the card is based around AMD’s Pitcairn architecture, which features 1280 stream processors, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPS.

Of course you’ll want a nicely ventilated chassis if you’re going to install this kind of card, but a little forward planning can get you a long way to a virtually silent, or at least a lot quieter rig. With prices of around £149.99 from places like overclockers.co.uk the card is affordable too.

Thank you Fudzilla for providing us with this information.

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VTX3D Rolls Out R9 270 X-Edition with Dual Fan Cooling Design

VTX3D launched its own design edition of R9 series, the VTX3D R9 270 X-Edition. The new R9 270 X-Edition is packed with dual fan cooling design and quality power kit, delivering exceptional performance and ultimate gaming experience.

The R9 270 X-Edition has 930 MHz core speed, 30 MHz higher than reference design and can reach to 955 MHz with boost, offering a great deal of gaming performance. The new model is fitted with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory connected via 256 bit memory interface, delivering the astonishing and breathtaking gaming experience to the enthusiasts.

The R9 270 X-Edition is packed with quality power kit, which includes Multi Phase Design, Ferrite Core Choke, PowerPAK SO-8 and Solid Capacitor, enhancing the stability at overclocked model. What is more, the new model has equipped with dual fan cooling design, which uses dual 80mm fans, 3 pieces of U-shape copper heat pipes and wide range of unique aluminum fin, successful reduction of operating temperature and maintain quiet operating environment.

Features:

  • Video Memory: 2GB GDDR5
  • Memory Interface: 256bit
  • DirectX® Support: 11.2
  • Bus Standard: PCI Express 3.0
  • Core Speed: 930MHz (955MHz Boost)
  • Memory Speed: 1400MHz(5.6Gbps)
  • DVI Output: DL-DVI-I
  • HDMI Support: Yes
  • DisplayPort Support: Yes
  • Minimum System Power Requirement: 500W

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’14Series Graphic Cards Announced By Club 3D

The first ’13Series was introduced by Club3D as an addition to the PokerSeries gaming cards. They were stripped of all bundles and the ‘light’ retail package was aimed for system integrators. But consumers also saw an advantage in this deal, having all bundles stripped and the price considerably low, it was perfect for users who were looking for an upgrade or a second card for their rig.

Now Club 3D announces a new and improved ’14Series, with better performance improvements. The first video cards from the Club 3D ’14Series will be the Radeon R9 270 and 270X, and should be an affordable product for PC users and gamers looking for a full-HD 1080p gaming experience.


Club 3D Radeon R9 270 specs:

  • 1280 stream processors
  • Up to 955MHz clock speed
  • 2048MB GDDR5 memory @ 5600MHz
  • TDP of 150 watts
  • Fitted with quiet high-performance CoolStream cooler
  • Will benefit from AMD Mantle technology

Club 3D Radeon R9 270X specs:

  • 1280 stream processors
  • Up to 1080MHz clock speed
  • 2048MB GDDR5 memory @ 5600MHz
  • TDP of 175 watts
  • Fitted with Coolstream cooler
  • Eyefinity 4 capable

If you are interested in more details, you can go to Club3D’s official website for more information about the ’14Series Radeon R9 270X and 270.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Club3D

Club 3D Reveal The R9 270 royalQueen Edition

The recent launches of AMD’s new R7 mid range and R9 enthusiast series show that AMD is top of their game. From R7 240 all the way up to R9 290X, they all set new standards when it comes to that all important price vs performance ratio. One of the most popular cards from the previous generation was the Radeon HD 7850, it was widely awarded for offering great performance and at the same time being energy efficient and affordable. Now it’s successor the new Radeon R9 270 steps up, it not uses the same amount of energy as the HD 7850 but also offers 35% more processing power!

According to Club 3D, their new Club 3D Radeon R9 270 royalQueen is the fastest 150w GPU around! Featuring 1280 stream processors, a clock speed of up to 955 MHz and 2.37 Tflops computing performance. It has 2048 Mb of GDDR5 memory running at an effective speed of 5600 MHz combined with a 256 Bit memory bus. Because the R9 270 is very energy efficient it has only 1x 6 pin power connector. On the output panel you can find one full size DisplayPort, one HDMI and one Dual Link DVI-I connector. By adding a Club 3D MST Hub the Radeon R9 270 is Eyefinity 5 capable.

The Radeon R9 270 supports DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3 but also fully supports AMD’s own upcoming Mantle API. This new low level API is able to bypass DirectX and allows game developers to program as close as possible to the Graphics Core Next architecture, resulting in true hardware optimization and significantly better performance compared to the DirectX API.

The new AMD line-up is nearly complete. In the past weeks we have seen launches of entry level cards offering best in class value for money all the way up to high end cards offering record breaking performance. But for any system integrator or end user looking to upgrade an older card, the new R9 270 is one of the best choices, offering solid gaming performance while hitting the gamers’ sweet spot in terms of price.

Thank you Club3D for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Club3D.

ASUS Announces R9 270 DirectCU II Graphics Card

ASUS have announced the launch of their R9 270 DirectCU II, a new graphics card powered by the latest AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics-processing unit (GPU). R9 270 is equipped with loads of exclusive ASUS technologies and tools including their ever popular DirectCU II cooler which has proven time and time again to be cool and quiet, Super Alloy Power components for vastly improved longevity and GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use software tool that allows users to squeeze more performance out of the GPU.

As an ASUS overclocked-edition card, R9 270 is overclocked to perform faster than reference with a 975MHz core speed and reaching the 104% level in 3DMark.

R9 270 has a unique advantage in the shape of DirectCU II, which puts highly-conductive copper cooling pipes in direct contact with a card’s GPU so heat is dissipated quickly and with extreme efficiency.

R9 270 is constructed using exclusive Super Alloy Power components. Solid-state capacitors, concrete-core chokes and hardened MOSFETs are all designed to withstand much greater stress with the application of specially-formulated materials. Super Alloy Power technology also reduces power noise such as buzzing and increases the graphics card’s longevity — R9 270’s capacitors last up to two-and-a-half times (2.5X) longer than traditional capacitors.

The new ASUS R9 270 has a unique advantage in the shape of GPU Tweak, an exclusive ASUS tool that helps users to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the Radeon R9 270 GPU. This includes the ability to control finely GPU and video-memory clock speeds and voltages, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds in real time — so overclocking is both easy and can be carried out with high confidence.

As well, the GPU Tweak Streaming tool lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time — so others can watch live as games are played. It’s even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.

We actually got one of the first review for this GPU live yesterday morning, so if you want to know more about the card and how it performs, you can check out our full review right here.

Thank you Asus for providing us with this information.

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