Is there any rational upgrade from an R9 270?

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Hey everyone, I just looked at GPU prices and dropped my jaw through the floor. How much money am I looking to get a 50%-100% performance increase? My R9 270 is factory overclocked, really close to 270x levels.
 

SPBHM

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check the prices, all cards from almost 2 years ago and overpriced, it's hard to justify
 

nurturedhate

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Hey everyone, I just looked at GPU prices and dropped my jaw through the floor. How much money am I looking to get a 50%-100% performance increase? My R9 270 is factory overclocked, really close to 270x levels.
Too much is the sad answer. You could look for a 1050ti in the $250 range but it doesn't meet your requirements, would need to step up to a 1060 or 580 which are massively overpriced atm.
 

spaceman

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if u troll newegg u can poach a 1060 for around $280 (3gb), they come in stock and go quick.
but ive seen them a couple times this week for 279 (gigabyte) iirc
not a great deal, but..a hell of a lot better than a 1050ti for $250
 

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I would consider a good used r9 390 for a good price, if you can find it. Closest thing to a RX580 8GB/GTX1060 6GB, but should be cheaper by possibly $~200. In some cases the 390 series cards are actually faster with the huge memory bandwidth.
 
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Shmee

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Actually, I just checked, surprisingly there may be some GTX 1060 6GB cards available for ~$350, some new.
 

happy medium

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A used gtx980, or if you overclock a gtx970 would be a great upgrade, about 2x faster than a rx270.
They would be in the $250 to $300 range.
 
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Saw a 970 go for $170 and a 980 for $275 recently... used of course. The 970 is still a great card.
 

SPBHM

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if you can get 970 for that amount it's worth upgrading no doubt, it's a good card and OCs well, it's not far behind the overpriced 1060s and 580s once OCed

I think anything over $250 for 580/1060 level is crazy,
 

Blitzvogel

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I also have an R9 270. Redacted Pitcairn had too much longevity and I procrastinated because of it!

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Red Hawk

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I helped my brother upgrade from a 270X to an RX 580 back in the fall when GPU prices became reasonable for a brief moment...
 

GodisanAtheist

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At this point the only game to play is wait and watch until The Next Big Thing(TM) that mines better than current cards drops. Then hit the used market like a red headed stepchild as Pascal/GCN4 cards get unloaded. Hopefully the pent-up demand doesn't keep the second hand market in perpetual hyperdrive...

Its shocking to see people recommending used 970's for $250 bucks when I managed to pick up my 980Ti for $316 shipped back in 2016.
 

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I realize this is a very old thread, but just thought I would post it. I am in the same situation as the OP, but 4 years later! I have an old R9 270x and was wondering if it is adequate to work with a Ryzen 5800x + Asus ROG STRIX B550-E MoBo. I will not be playing any games, but will be using for video editing and such. Any advice would be appreciated.
 

GodisanAtheist

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I'm just going to reply with exactly what I posted 4 years ago:

At this point the only game to play is wait and watch until The Next Big Thing(TM) that mines better than current cards drops. Then hit the used market like a red headed stepchild as Pascal/GCN4/Turing/Ampere/RDNA/RDNA2 cards get unloaded. Hopefully the pent-up demand doesn't keep the second hand market in perpetual hyperdrive...

Its shocking to see people recommending used 970's for $250 bucks when I managed to pick up my 980Ti for $316 shipped back in 2016.
 

AnitaPeterson

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I realize this is a very old thread, but just thought I would post it. I am in the same situation as the OP, but 4 years later! I have an old R9 270x and was wondering if it is adequate to work with a Ryzen 5800x + Asus ROG STRIX B550-E MoBo. I will not be playing any games, but will be using for video editing and such. Any advice would be appreciated.
Keep it. Aside from the old, power-hungry architecture, you're not missing anything if you're not a gamer. For video editing, even a weaker card would work - as long as you're not using the GPU for encoding/transcoding or working with 8K.
 
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How does a 270x stack up against modern/upcoming APUs?
Superior. About 70% superior.


The r9 270x supports most of dx12. The dx12 features it does not support are also features that a APU / iGPU are not going to be powerful enough to use effectively anyway.
 
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WorldTraveller

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Thanks to everyone who responded. This makes me feel much better. I just can't afford to spend any more money on this build right now.

Testing outside the case using an old PSU (now I have a brand new EVGA SuperNOVA G3 ready to go!) & the R9 270X, the setup POSTed. I had the reseat the GPU multiple times in different PCI-E slots before it did. So, that gives me confidence that I won't run into too many issues when I do it for real the coming weekend!
 
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