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

Hassan Mujtaba

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.

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.

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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