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MSI R9 270X Hawk Review

ccokeman    -   October 14, 2013
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MSI R9 270X Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine's Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8xAA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a 20-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSI's Twin Frozr 4 dual-fan cooler design has been the mainstay on MSI's custom in-house cards for the past few years with the R9 270X being equipped with revision 4. The ducting in the Twin Frozr 4 heat sink is effective at lowering temperatures with minimal fan noise. At stock speeds and letting the VGA BIOS manage the fan speed, the card delivers excellent thermals. Increasing the fan speed manually only improves the cooling scenario, providing a 15 °C improvement, with the only penalty being the slight noise increase when ramping up the fans.




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