Video card releases are a little all over the place at the moment as we have just about every type of model sitting in our lab. We've got everything from entry-level mid-range cards like the GTX 750 Ti 2GB that just launched to the MSI R9 290X 4GB Lightning that just showed up on our doorstep hours before I started writing this.
Today, we're checking out something that has been sitting around for a little but had truly grabbed my attention the moment we received it.
The MSI GTX 760 2GB MINI-ITX Gaming OC, as the name suggests, is a model that is aimed at the Mini-ITX market, a market that has exploded in the last few years due to companies like BitFenix and the highly popular Prodigy case that really took the computer world by storm.
From the moment I pulled the MSI GTX 760 2GB MINI-ITX Gaming OC out of the box, I found myself extremely impressed with what MSI was offering from a look and feel perspective. Still, we won't go into too much detail here as we'll cover that and more in the coming pages. For now, though, the first thing we need to take a look at is the package that MSI is offering.
It's been a while since we've looked at the GTX 760 from NVIDIA, so it will be good to see how it performs today, especially against the newly released GTX 750 Ti. At around the $250 mark, the GTX 760 2GB has done a good job of performing well at its price bracket, and we're looking forward to seeing just what MSI has done with its version today. As we mentioned, though, the first thing we've got to do is check out the package that MSI is offering, so let's get straight into it.
Taking a look at the package, you can see the overall design is similar to other Gaming series cards we've looked at with the black and red design and the dragon image. We can clearly see model and series, and in the bottom left corner, we can see that the card is an OC Edition.
Turning over to the back of the box, you can see some of the main features are covered, including support for the Gaming APP and Military Class 4 components. The main feature here, though, is the Radax Fan, which is one we haven't seen before. MSI states on its website, "The new MSI RADAX fan is a Hybrid Radial/Axial fan that provides the benefits of both fan types.
This allows for low temperatures and low noise despite the tiny size of the card." It all sounds very good, but we won't know how it all goes till a little later on.
Diving into the package, we've got the normal Quick User Guide and Driver CD. On the connector front, we've got a 6-Pin-to-8-Pin PCIe power connector, alongside a DVI to VGA connector and Mini-DP to DisplayPort connector.