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MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB HAWK Overclocked Video Card Review - The Card and Specifications

MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB HAWK Overclocked Video Card Review
We test out the HAWK based Radeon R9 270X. Let's see just what kind of overclock we can get out of this video card. We're expecting big things.
By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 7, 2013 7:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MSI

The Card

 

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Taking a look at the card, you can see the massive Twin Frozr IV Advanced cooler which really does take up almost every inch of the card. We've got two massive 10cm fans along with a huge heat sink and a bunch of heat pipes coming out of the bottom of the card. The Twin Frozr IV cooler has always been a personal favorite of ours and we're really looking forward to seeing how it performs when we up the voltage through the card and increase the clocks.

 

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If we head to the back of the card, you can see we've got three little connectors next to the main one for our fan. These three connectors are for our Voltage check points as we mentioned earlier. While it is a cool feature, it's probably something that LN2 overclockers will make more use of verses the everyday consumer.

 

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Staying at the back of the card, but moving to the top, you can see that power comes in the form of two 6-Pin PCIe power connectors. Next to that, you can also see a switch that lets us shift between two different BIOS that are installed. This is again something that most people probably aren't going to bother with, as the second BIOS is aimed at LN2 overclockers thanks to Over Current Protection and Active Phase Switching being disabled. Heading to the front of the card, you can see we've got a single CrossFire connector in the event that you want to run two of these cards together.

 

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Finishing up our look at the card, we head around to the I/O side of things. Connectivity comes in the form of two Dual-Link DVI connectors; one is a DVI-D and the other is a DVI-I. You can see we've also got a HDMI port and a full size DisplayPort connector to round things off.

 

 

Specifications

 

Looking below, you can see that our MSI R9 270X 2GB HAWK carries with it just the reference clocks. This is due to how early we got the card; MSI hadn't decided on the final overclock on the card. While not shown, the retail version of the card you will buy in store comes with a core clock of 1150MHz via boost. As for the 2GB of GDDR5, in typical MSI fashion they have chosen to leave that at the reference clock, which is 5600MHz QDR.

 

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Still, out of the box clocks are something we really don't care about today. Today we're all about the overclock. Looking above, you can see that with our voltages pumped up we managed to push the core to a really strong 1285MHz.

 

As for the 2GB of GDDR5, that got a nice boost from 5600MHz QDR too 6400MHz QDR. This is a strong overclock and we're really looking forward to seeing the numbers we get out of the setup.

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