Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
The R9 270X 2GB starts at $199.99 with a lot of brands coming in at around the same price level. With that said though, we've got a number of companies who offer cards at a slightly higher price due to a stronger overclock or a much higher quality cooler. The HAWK model from MSI was always going to carry one of the larger premiums, and at $229.99 at the time of writing, it's the most expensive R9 270X 2GB available at Newegg.
Is this card worth an extra $30? If you've ever used the HAWK or Lightning Series from MSI, you'd agree straight away that the premium is worth it. These are quality cards and MSI has really never disappointed with them. This time is no different. We've got a huge overclock achieved, and while the card does run a little warm, we still can't get over the extremely low noise levels that the card puts out.
When it comes to the features of the card, the cooler is of course one of the big stand outs. We don't need to say anything else about that though, as we just covered how much we love it. The other features related to the HAWK stand out so much though, and it's because of those extras like Military Class 4 components and the OC KITS with Triple Overvoltage, that we're able to achieve such a strong overclock.
While of course there is no rule that says you need to overclock the card, if you're going to move away from something like the Twin Frozr IV Gaming version of the R9 270X to the HAWK version, you're really not doing the model any justice unless you fire up MSI Afterburner and have some real fun with the card.
This is just one of those cards that really ticks all the boxes. We've got a huge features list that makes a real difference in performance. We've got awesome overclocking, an absolutely fantastic cooler that really stands out, and while the price comes in higher than other R9 270X cards, it's really worth it for the reasons we just mentioned.
If you're looking for a high quality R9 270X, don't mind spending a little bit extra, and would like to dabble with Overclocking, there really isn't an option better than the HAWK based version from MSI. It's just a quality video card.