Review: PowerColor Devil R9 270X 2GB

Posted November 19, 2013 by Sam Chen in Reviews

Unleash the Devil


Last week we were blessed with the opportunity to check out MSI’s R9 270 Gaming, which is an excellent variant of AMD’s recently introduced Radeon R9 270 and this week we’ll be checking out a brand new graphics card from PowerColor, the Devil R9 270X. While the Radeon R9 270X and its variants have been released several weeks ago, PowerColor’s cards were  unfortunately missing from AMD’s initial launch, but for those of you who waited, you’ll have the option of getting what may possibly be the best R9 270X variant out there.

Today we’ll be reviewing the PowerColor Devil R9 270X. As you may expect, the PowerColor Devil R9 270X is quite a special variant of the R9 270X as it comes with a host of features catering to the enthusiast crowd. Among the features we get PowerColor’s aggressive custom triple fan four heatpipe cooling solution, which PowerColor claims will provide 17% more airflow, 18% reduction of noise and 25% lower temperatures compared to the reference cooling solution. PowerColor has also implemented what they call the Platinum Power Kit, which is their 7+1+1 digitally controlled power delivery system. PowerColor claims that the Platinum Power Kit aids in higher overclocking potential, provides an additional 20% boost in stability as well as 30% better power efficiency. Of course, what’s all that without an overclock from the factory, right? As such, the Devil R9 270X boasts core clocks of 1080MHz (30MHz faster than reference) and carries a memory clock of 1400MHz (5.6GHz effective).

Ready to see the beast PowerColor has unleashed? Let’s take a closer look!


GPU AMD Radeon R9 270 AMD Radeon R9 270X PowerColor Devil R9 270X
Codename Curacao Pro Curacao XT Curacao XT
Fabrication 28nm 28nm 28nm
Core Clock 900MHz Base / 925MHz Boost 1000MHz (Base) / 1050MHz (Boost) 1000MHz (Base) / 1080MHz (Boost)
Stream Processors 1280 1280 1280
Texture Units 80 80 80
ROPs 32 32 32
Memory Buffer Size 2GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Frequency 1400MHz (5.6 GHz Effective) 1400MHz (5.6 GHz Effective) 1400MHz (5.6 GHz Effective)
Additional Features Mantle Mantle Mantle, Platinum Power Kit, Triple Fan Cooler

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  • Sounds like a driver issue with your system. Have you tried completely uninstalling the drivers and re-installing them? Either that or a reformat of your system? Often times driver conflicts cause BSODs.

    • Angelico Cudal

      I have tried all your instructions before but to no avail. I completely uninstall the driver using different applications like DDU(Display Driver Uninstaller), and also the amd cleanup utility. Then I formatted my pc just to verify if the problem is not on my OS. Same results, I get BSOD with a freshly installed OS, Here is my specs for your information.

      Procs: Intel core i3 2100
      Mobo: Asrock Z68 Fatal1ty Pro (Updated BIOS)
      Ram: G Skill Ripjaws X 1866 8gb (Passed memtest, and windows memory diagnostics)
      PSU: Corsair 650W 80+ GOLD
      OS: Windows 7 64 bit

      • Hmm… alright. Go ahead and post a thread on the forums and I’ll see if I can help you there. The comments section of a review is not an appropriate spot for tech support.