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MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB Gaming OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 27, 2013 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

The Card




Taking a look at the card, you can see that the overall design is very similar to other Gaming OC cards that we've looked at since launch. We've got that large Twin Frozr IV cooler that takes up majority of the card, in the black and red color scheme that is seen on all our Gaming Series cards. We've also got two big fans sitting on top of a large heat sink, with a couple of heat pipes coming out of the bottom of the card, to transfer the heat away from the core.






Taking a look around the card, we don't see anything out of the ordinary. At the back of the card, you can see we've got a single 6-Pin PCIe power connector. If we stay across the top, but move closer to the front, you can see we've got a single CrossFire connector in case you want to run two of them together for added performance.




Finishing off our look at the card, we head over to the I/O side of things. Here you can see we've got two Dual-Link DVI connectors, one in the form of DVI-D, and the other being DVI-I. Along with these, we've got the standard HDMI and DisplayPort connectors to round things off.





As we've mentioned, this particular card is part of the OC series, and of course comes overclocked out of the box. Looking below, we can see just what MSI has done with the clocks here today.




Looking above, you can see the core clock comes in at 975MHz, which is 50MHz above the default 925MHz clock that reference clocked cards see.


As for the 2GB of GDDR5, MSI has chosen to leave that at the default 5600MHz QDR. Leaving the memory clock alone is something we normally see MSI do; instead they choose to concentrate on pushing the GPU higher, as it yields the strongest performance gains.

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