AMD Radeon R7 M260X vs AMD Radeon R7 M270

AMD Radeon R7 M260X

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The AMD Radeon R7 M260X is a (lower) mid-range DirectX 12 graphics card for laptops. Just like the older Radeon HD 8700M and 8600M series, it is based on the Mars chip (28nm GCN architecture) with 384 shader cores, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The core is clocked at up to 715 MHz and can access up to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (4000 MHz effective, 128 bit).

Performance

Thanks to its relatively high memory bandwidth, the performance of the Radeon R7 M260X is similar to the Nvidia GeForce 830M. Current and demanding games of 2013/2014 will run fluently only low or medium resolutions and detail settings. In older games, however, higher quality settings will be possible.

The 384 shaders can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations (as 6 compute units). Compared to old TeraScale 2 chips, the GCN-based Mars architecture offers improved performance in this framework.

Features

Features of the R7 M260X include video decoding for MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly by the AMD GPU. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are compatible as well.

The R7 series also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro, the technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, the M265 can directly support multiple monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP limit. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games like Lost Planet, Crysis or Resident Evil 5.

The integrated HD audio processor is able to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos). Additionally, it allows audio output simultaneously and in parallel to multiple devices with the new Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio (DDMA) feature.

Power consumption

The power consumption should be similar to the old Radeon HD 8670M and slightly above the Maxwell-based Nvidia GeForce 830M. As a result, the R7 M260X is best suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

AMD Radeon R7 M270

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The AMD Radeon R7 M270 is a (lower) mid-range DirectX 12 graphics card for laptops. Just like the older Radeon HD 8750M and Radeon R7 M265, it is based on the Mars chip (28nm GCN architecture) with 384 shader cores, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The core is clocked at up to 825 MHz and can access up to 4 GB of DDR3 memory (900 - 1000 MHz, 128 bit).

Performance

The performance of the Radeon R7 M270 is similar to the Nvidia GeForce 830M and GeForce GT 740M. Current and demanding games of 2014/2015 will run fluently only in low resolutions and detail settings. In older games, however, higher quality settings will be possible.

The 384 shaders can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations (as 6 compute units). Compared to old TeraScale 2 chips, the GCN-based Mars architecture offers improved performance in this framework.

Features

Features of the R7 M270 include video decoding for MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly by the AMD GPU. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are compatible as well.

The R7 series also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro, the technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, the M270 can directly support multiple monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP limit. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games like Lost Planet, Crysis or Resident Evil 5.

The integrated HD audio processor is able to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos). Additionally, it allows audio output simultaneously and in parallel to multiple devices with the new Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio (DDMA) feature.

Power consumption

The power consumption should be similar to the old Radeon HD 8750M or the Nvidia GeForce GT 730M (30 W or lower). As a result, the R7 M270 is best suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

AMD Radeon R7 M260XAMD Radeon R7 M270
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon R7 M200 Series
Radeon R7 M275DX (compare) 896
Radeon R7 M260X 384 @ 715 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
Radeon R7 M270 384 @ 825 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M265 (compare) 384 @ 825 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M260 (compare) 384 @ 715 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M275DX (compare) 896
Radeon R7 M260X 384 @ 715 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
Radeon R7 M270 384 @ 825 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M265 (compare) 384 @ 825 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon R7 M260 (compare) 384 @ 715 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
CodenameMarsOpal XT / Mars
ArchitectureGCNGCN
384 - 384 -
Core715 MHz825 MHz
Memory4000 MHz1800 - 2000 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5DDR3
Max. Memory4096 MB4096 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0
Transistors1040 Million1040 Million
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesMantle, PCIe 3.0, Zero Core, PowerTuneMantle, PCIe 3.0, Zero Core, PowerTune
Size
Introduced07.01.2014 07.01.2014

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
98071 Points (18%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
32327 Points (4%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
6619 Points (11%)
min: 4366     avg: 4830.5     median: 4830 (8%)     max: 5295 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
9034 Points (5%)
min: 4766     avg: 6364.5     median: 6364 (3%)     max: 7963 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
1336 Points (5%)
min: 1129     avg: 1177     median: 1177 (4%)     max: 1225 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
1396 Points (3%)
min: 1184     avg: 1258     median: 1258 (3%)     max: 1332 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
35305 Points (5%)
min: 14683     avg: 31288     median: 31288 (4%)     max: 47893 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
2114 points (6%)
min: 2002     avg: 2014     median: 2014 (6%)     max: 2026 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
1903 points (4%)
min: 1842     avg: 1857.5     median: 1857 (4%)     max: 1873 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M270
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M270
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon R7 M270
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
23.9 fps (9%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
21.1 fps (12%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 15     avg: 17.9     median: 17 (8%)     max: 20 fps
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Shading 32Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M270
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M270
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M270
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD Radeon R7 M270
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon R7 M270
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + AMD Radeon R7 M260X
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + AMD Radeon R7 M270
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
37.9 fps (7%)
33.7 fps (6%)
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
37.1 fps (10%)
min: 9     avg: 28.3     median: 28 (8%)     max: 47 fps
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
221 Samples/s (4%)
min: 299     avg: 318     median: 318 (6%)     max: 337 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
399 Samples/s (4%)
min: 469     avg: 534.5     median: 534 (5%)     max: 600 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
1212 Points (4%)
min: 1201     avg: 1203     median: 1203 (4%)     max: 1205 Points

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R7 M260X → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon R7 M270 → 94%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

GTA V

GTA V

2015
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M270:
51.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
43.5  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
11.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
8.1  fps
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
48.5  fps
97%
Radeon R7 M270:
47.3 47.4 ~ 47 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
34.2  fps
99%
Radeon R7 M270:
34 34.5 ~ 34 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
12.1  fps
124%
Radeon R7 M270:
14.6 14.7 ~ 15 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
7.8  fps
115%
Radeon R7 M270:
9.2 9.4 ~ 9 fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
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Radeon R7 M270:
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Evolve

Evolve

2015
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
19.6  fps
158%
Radeon R7 M270:
30.5 30.9 ~ 31 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
14.3  fps
161%
Radeon R7 M270:
23 23.2 ~ 23 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
7.8  fps
167%
Radeon R7 M270:
12.8 12.8 ~ 13 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
6.9  fps
159%
Radeon R7 M270:
10.9 11 ~ 11 fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
30.4  fps
125%
Radeon R7 M270:
37.2 38.3 ~ 38 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
19.8  fps
157%
Radeon R7 M270:
29.9 31.7 ~ 31 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
6.8  fps
265%
Radeon R7 M270:
17.5 17.8 ~ 18 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
4.5  fps
267%
Radeon R7 M270:
12.1 12.3 ~ 12 fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
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Radeon R7 M270:
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Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
29.5  fps
130%
Radeon R7 M270:
38.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
21.1  fps
132%
Radeon R7 M270:
27.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
11.4  fps
115%
Radeon R7 M270:
13.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
8.2  fps
126%
Radeon R7 M270:
10.3  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
11.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
8.7  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
48.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
28.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.5  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
40.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
18.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
12.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
11.2  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
70  fps
133%
Radeon R7 M270:
89 97 ~ 93 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
49  fps
127%
Radeon R7 M270:
59 65 ~ 62 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
31  fps
116%
Radeon R7 M270:
31 41 ~ 36 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
23  fps
100%
Radeon R7 M270:
21 25 ~ 23 fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M270:
26.8  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
20.1  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
10.1  fps
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M270:
32.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
20.9  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
9.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
9.3  fps
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
55.8  fps
81%
Radeon R7 M270:
45.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
37  fps
84%
Radeon R7 M270:
31  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
20.2  fps
84%
Radeon R7 M270:
17  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.7  fps
89%
Radeon R7 M270:
13.9  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
45  fps
78%
Radeon R7 M270:
32.2 37.9 ~ 35 fps
med. 1344x756
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
27.2  fps
81%
Radeon R7 M270:
21.9 22.6 ~ 22 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.5  fps
84%
Radeon R7 M270:
12.8 13.4 ~ 13 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
4.1  fps
244%
Radeon R7 M270:
9.8 10.2 ~ 10 fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
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Radeon R7 M270:
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Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
55.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
29.4  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
157.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
51.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
26.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
22.8  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M270:
51 51.8 ~ 51 fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
31 31.9 ~ 31 fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
13.7 13.8 ~ 14 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
10.8 10.9 ~ 11 fps
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
128.3  fps
106%
Radeon R7 M270:
124.9 146.7 ~ 136 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
50.7  fps
105%
Radeon R7 M270:
52.6 53.8 ~ 53 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
26.6  fps
94%
Radeon R7 M270:
24.9 25.2 ~ 25 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
14.1 14.4 ~ 14 fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M270:
»
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
21.8  fps
128%
Radeon R7 M270:
27.6 28.6 ~ 28 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.8  fps
120%
Radeon R7 M270:
18.7 19.3 ~ 19 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
12  fps
133%
Radeon R7 M270:
16.1 16.3 ~ 16 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
7.7  fps
117%
Radeon R7 M270:
8.3 8.7 ~ 9 fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M270:
59.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
31.5  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
13.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
5.1  fps
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
48.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
32.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
22.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
8.2  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M270:
99  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
47  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
25  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
11  fps
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M270:
63.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
47.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
38.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
7.3  fps
Radeon R7 M270:
»
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
91.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
70.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
31.4  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
44.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
28.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
6.9  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
44.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
39.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
13.5  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M270:
208  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
72  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
41.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
15.6  fps
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
108.5  fps
72%
Radeon R7 M270:
77.1 79 ~ 78 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
51.6  fps
79%
Radeon R7 M270:
40.5 41.9 ~ 41 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
35.1  fps
83%
Radeon R7 M270:
28.5 28.9 ~ 29 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
15.8  fps
89%
Radeon R7 M270:
13.8 13.9 ~ 14 fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M270:
»
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
44.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
27.5  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
17.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
6.8  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M270:
39.5 40.7 ~ 40 fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
32.7 33.2 ~ 33 fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
16.8 17.3 ~ 17 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
7.5 7.6 ~ 8 fps
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
101.9  fps
93%
Radeon R7 M270:
94.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
68  fps
91%
Radeon R7 M270:
62.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
57.5  fps
89%
Radeon R7 M270:
51  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon R7 M260X:
37.5  fps
84%
Radeon R7 M270:
31.4  fps
Radeon R7 M260X:
»
Radeon R7 M270:
»
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
Radeon R7 M270:
91.3  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
46.1  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
28.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon R7 M270:
14  fps
Radeon R7 M270:
»
low 1280x720
Radeon R7 M270:
67.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
43.3  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon R7 M270:
31.6  fps
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Radeon R7 M270:
19.1  fps
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Average Gaming AMD Radeon R7 M270 → 120%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)