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MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC Edition Video Card Review (Page 25)

By Shawn Baker from Oct 16, 2013 @ 15:01 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts

Hitting at $199.99 at the time of writing, the MSI R9 270X 2GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC hits at the same low price point of many other launched non-reference designed R9 270X based video cards. Of course, it's a little early to tell just how it compares to others, but as always, MSI is helping us start out strong with this new model.

The Twin Frozr IV cooler hasn't disappointed before and nor has the new Gaming Series since MSI launched it. While this is the first retail version of the R9 270X we've looked at, we wouldn't hesitate recommending it.

While we didn't find any real flaws, we do leave with a few question marks over our head. With such good noise numbers at the highest clock speed, we're not sure why you would bother using the Gaming or Silent Modes offered. We're almost at the point where the CPU cooler is making the majority of the noise. The other thing is the Dual BIOS switch doesn't really seem to do anything in this case. We had to flash the BIOS of the card and we flashed the exact same BIOS to both ends of the switch.

When it comes to the bundle, in typical style, it's on the light side. We've really only got the bare necessity on offer here. Saying that, though, this is the path most companies take these days, instead they let the actual product do the talking, and that's what we prefer.

If you're a fan of MSI video cards and you're looking to buy a card that hits at that under $200 price point, this is a good option. The performance is strong and the look of the model is great. One of the highlights, as usual, is the quality of the cooler - the Twin Frozr IV continues to impress.


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