MSI R9 270X HAWK Pro Reviews
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"All things considered, we would recommend R9 270X HAWK, or any other R9 270X for that matter, only if you are not interested in the game bundle. If you are interested in the game bundle, you're better off with a custom Radeon HD 7950 that comes with it, offers better or same performance and is cheaper or as expensive."
"At the end of the day, you have to figure out if the benefits of the MSI R9 270X are worth the $219 price point. As far as gaming prowess is concerned, it is faster than its direct competitor, the GTX 660, but the price drops recently revealed by the green camp make the comparison more challenging when you are sticking with a 1920x1080 resolution. Compared to the HD 7870 GHz edition, the R9 270X is faster in each and every game, even when comparing factory-overclocked editions head to head. Pricing may be a wash, as you can find an HD 7870 GHz edition for as low as $150 after rebates, so again it's a tough choice to make when we are talking a 5 FPS max margin. When you look at the feature set on MSI's R9 270X, it has an excellent feature set for long term usage by the mainstream user. It is cool running and quiet with good looks to boot. At 1920x1080, it delivers gaming performance at moderately high settings and comes with a warranty should anything go wrong."
"For $250, you can get a GTX 760, which is faster, and the HD 7950 with similar performance is currently available for $205. That said, the R9 270X HAWK comes with dual BIOS and voltage measurement points, but both of those are only useful to a smaller group of users. So, personally, I'd say $210-215 is a more realistic price point for this card."
"The MSI Radeon R9 270x performed great against the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x thanks to the MSI Radeon R9 270x being 4% higher clock speed compared to the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x. The MSI Radeon R9 270x beat the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x by between 3% to 8% and by 5% on average. The MSI Radeon R9 270x costs only 8% more than the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x and delivers 5% extra game performance. Both the MSI Radeon R9 270x and Sapphire Radeon R9 270x ran at a cool temperature and made hardly any noise although the MSI Radeon R9 270x was slightly quieter than the Sapphire Radeon R9 270x. Both the MSI Radeon R9 270x and Sapphire R9 270x have a more than generous TDP of 280 which will allow for some serious overclocking."