ASUS Radeon R9 270 Direct CU II Review

Power Consumption and Noise

Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover a few final data points--namely, power consumption, temperatures, and noise. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored acoustics and tracked how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you an idea of how much power each configuration used while idling and also while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the graphics cards alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

The Asus Radeon R9 270  DirectCU II's power consumption numbers put it between the Radeon HD 7790 and R9 270X, as you would expect looking at its performance throughout our testing.

With its relatively low power consumption, and an oversized cooler with dual fans, it should come as no shock that the Asus Radeon R9 270  DirectCU II is as quiet as they come. The card was barely audible in our test system over the minimal noise produced by the machine's PSU and CPU cooler.

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