AMD Curacao Pro ‘R7-270’ Graphics Card Benchmarked – Faster Than The Radeon HD 7870

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Sep 25, 2013
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AMD’s Curacao Pro graphic card was leaked a few days ago along with the Hawaii R9-290X and Oland XT/Pro based graphic cards. Today, we get a sneak peek at the benchmarks of the upcoming mid-range card which is going to be the successor to the Radeon HD 7850.

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AMD Curacao Pro ‘R7-270’ Graphics Card Benchmarked

The AMD Curacao Pro which is known as R7-270 is the successor the Radeon HD 7850 featuring 2 GB GDDR5 memory. Clock speeds and stream processor count remain a mystery until announcement of the Curacao GPU architecture tonight. We already took a look at the Curacao Pro ‘R7-270‘ graphics card when it leaked a few days back and noticed that it takes a single 6-Pin connector to power which hints at a maximum TDP of 150W.

The cooler unlike Hawaii R9-290X’s blower is a simple fan which pushes air towards a large circular aluminum fin heatsink. Do note that we have already seen such a heatsink on the reference Radeon HD 7950 cards when it first appeared. Aside from this, the cooler shroud is something new and has large cuts which act as exhaust. A picture of the back shows that the Curacao Pro card is still in engineering state so its possible that the cooler is not a final design. So far we have limited information regarding any of the Volcanic Islands GPU except the Hawaii R9-290X which is featuring a full fledged 512-bit 4 GB memory and a massive die to out beat its GK110 rival’s aka GeForce GTX Titan and GeForce GTX 780. Only three days are left to see how well that goes but there’s a definite chance that AMD has a true beast GPU on their hands.

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The leaker from Chiphell ‘Getwinder’ who is the same person who revealed the Hawaii benchmarks has only pointed towards two results of the Curacao Pro ‘R7-270’ graphics card. One in an unknown benchmark at 1080P resolution while other is a performance per watt benchmark done at 1600P resolution. From the end results, it can be seen that the AMD Radeon R7-260 is much faster than the Radeon HD 7850 and Radeon HD 7870 but falls around 10% short in performance against NVIDIA’s $249 GeForce GTX 760 and a few percent back at 1600P in the performance/watt benchmark. You can see the results in the chart below:

AMD Curacao Pro ‘R7 270’ AMD Radeon HD 7870 GeForce GTX 660 Ti GeForce GTX 760
1080P Performance 89.7% 82.4% 94.5% 100%
1600P Performance/Watt 119% 114% 108% 100%

I will see if more results are available by the leaker, till then stay tuned for the live presentation of the next generation GPU architecture by AMD today.

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