First off let me say that this is in no way a comparative review. Unfortunately we did not have any other R9 270’s on hand to test this card against. All of the cards that are in the testing results all cost over $100 over this card, so we really cannot tell you if this card performs better than other R9 270’s out there.
Let’s look at the speed of this card compared to other R9 270’s out there. This card features a factory overclock of 975 MHz, which is a 50 MHz overclock over a reference R9 270 card. So you will see a performance boost there. Sapphire’s R9 270 OC Edition has an overclock of 945 MHz. ASUS’s R9 270 DirectCU II OC card has the same 975 MHz overclock. Gigabyte’s R9 270 OC Edition also has the same 975 MHz. So performance-wise the MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte cards should all perform just about the same.
So it comes down to the cooling solution. Again we do not have the other cards on hand so we cannot tell you which cooling solution is better, but MSI’s Twin Frozr cooling solution has been proven time and time again and is one of the best cooling solutions available. It makes use of two fans, a large aluminum heatsink and two large copper heatpipes. This helps keep your GPU nice and cool. This card is also the only one out of the ones that we listed that offers a retention bracket that helps the stability of the card once it is installed in your system. In my opinion this is also the best looking card out of the bunch. MSI makes it easy for you to match this card with their gaming series motherboards.
Another plus of this card would have been the Gaming App, but unfortunately as of right now it is not compatible with this card.
At the end of the day I am extremely pleased with the MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming Graphics Card and think it is the best option if you are looking for an R9 270 card. Right now this card is selling for around $179 at my favorite online retailer, which is a great price. Overall ThinkComputers gives the MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming Graphics Card a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Factory overclock
– Twin Frozr IV cooling
– Looks great
– MSI’s Afterburner software
– Not currently compatible with MSI’s Gaming App