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MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Review

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MSI R9 380 Gaming 2G Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA 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 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 twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.



  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius


















When you look at MSI's Twin Frozr V design, the fan does an excellent job of keeping the GPU core cool while minimizing the noise penalty often associated with some aftermarket card manufacturers' cards. At idle, using the auto fan setting, the card does get a little warm at idle. Then again, you have to remember that the fans stop turning until a thermal threshold is reached or a 3D load is established. When the fans get spinning, the R9 380 Gaming 2G is downright cool. Manually massaging the fan speed does even more for the cooling potential of the Twin Frozr V Super SU-based cooling solution. You get both cool and quiet with this Gaming series card.

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