With the launch of AMD’s Radeon R-300 series of graphics cards, a few entries in the lineup were left out of the initial launch, which includes a replacement for the Radeon R7 250X, the R7 260X, the R9 270 and the R9 270X. Well, we technically get one of those replacements today in the form of the “new” Radeon R7 370X. This is another rebrand of the Pitcairn-based R9 270, which itself was a rebranded Radeon HD7870 GHz Edition card. Some of the specs have changed slightly, but overall this isn’t a new card at all.
Sapphire is the first company to confirm that they’ll be rolling out a R7 370X and their model gets a Vapor-X cooler, just like the previous R9 270X did. Boasting 1280 stream processors, 80 texture units, 32 raster operators and a 256-bit memory interface, the R7 370X fills in the gap for consumers who wanted to purchase a GPU that will run every game out there at 1080p with high settings. It won’t always hit the 60fps mark like a stronger R9 390 will, but it’ll come close enough that you’ll have to compromise only on small visual details in order to maintain a high framerate.
Because it is based on Pitcairn, which is Graphics Core Next v1.0 material, it misses out on a lot of the advancements that the rest of AMD’s lineup enjoys, like FreeSync support, new memory compression tricks and TrueAudio support. Aside from the actual game performance, which is pretty good, there’s nothing interesting about this release. Core clock speeds are set at 1200MHz, with the memory clocked at 5.6GHz. This is a boost of 200MHz and 800MHz respectively over the Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, which should bring some nice performance boosts. If you’re on a Radeon R9 270X, overclocking your card to somewhere near these frequencies should provide similar benefits to overall performance.
The R9 370X will ship in either 2GB or 4GB configurations, but no price point has been set. While you can expect this card to compete against the recently released Geforce GTX 950 from NVIDIA, it will have to do so while requiring the use of two 6-pin PEG power connectors, which puts the card’s thermal design power (TDP) at around 150W from the PSU.