The launch of new mid-range video cards is always exciting as we tend to see not only reference cards from AMD or NVIDIA, but most partners have a unique version of their own that they can also bring to the market come launch day. The release of the new R series video cards from AMD has brought an absolute truck load of video cards into the office, and we're excited to test all of them.
Today we're looking at the R9 270X 2GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC from MSI. We've been a fan of the new Gaming series from MSI since its release earlier in the year for two reasons. The first is that MSI has created some unity between the motherboard and video card department with the Gaming series.
If you walk into a store and see the Gaming series video card next to a Gaming series motherboard, it makes sense that you would want to buy both together. The second is that they're based around the Twin Frozr series of coolers, which have always performed very well.
The Radeon R9 270X is the first of the Gaming series cards based around the new R series from AMD, but we're sure in the coming weeks we're going to see more and more cards fall into the series. Along with being the first MSI Gaming series card we've looked at, this is also our first retail R9 270X. So, without any further delay, let's get into the package to see just what MSI is offering.
Checking out the box, you can see there's nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the overall design. We've got the typical Gaming series setup with the black and red color scheme. You can see that we're dealing with an OC Edition card along with a Twin Frozr Gaming one.
Turning the box over, you can see some of the main features that are offered, which included the Advanced Thermal Design which comes to us via the Twin Frozr IV cooler, Military Class 4 components which carry Hi-c CAP and Solid CAP, along with support for the Gaming App giving us different profiles.
Moving inside the package, there isn't too much to see. Alongside the Quick User Guide, you can see the Driver CD and two dual Molex to 6-pin PCIe power connectors to round things out.