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MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC Edition Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 8:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

The Card




Looking at the card, you can see even though we're dealing with a new model, there's nothing too different to previous MSI cards we've looked at which use the Twin Frozr IV cooler.


The cooler as always looks great, though, you can see the two big fans and the massive heatsink behind, which has a couple of heat pipes coming out the bottom of the card. It will be interesting to see how the new cooler goes with the new R series cards from AMD.






Taking a look around the card, you can see that power comes in the form of two 6-pin PCIe power connectors. Next to that, you can see we've got a BIOS switch that allows us to switch around two BIOS that are installed. Staying across the top of the card, but moving to the front, you can see a single CrossFire connector.




Finally turning the corner, we have the I/O side of things. Here we've got two Dual-Link DVI connectors - one in the form of DVI-D, and the other in the form of DVI-I. We've also got a HDMI and DisplayPort connector.





Out of the box, the MSI R9 270X 2GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC carries with it a core clock speed of 1120MHz. This is up from the default 1050MHz. As for the 2GB of GDDR5 goes, like we see most the time from MSI, it remains unchanged at 5600MHz QDR.




If you choose to install the Gaming App, though, two more settings are available on top of this. You can run Silent Mode, which changes the fan profile, but pulls the core clock down to 1050MHz. The other option is Gaming Mode which pushes the core click down to 1080MHz.


Why you would want to run lower than the 1120MHz is beyond us, especially considering the Twin Frozr has always proven to be an extremely capable cooler, and outside of abnormal noise levels, it should be fine. Of course we'll see later in the review if that's the case or not.

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