- 1152 CUDA Cores
- 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- PCI Express 3.0
Great Card 03/03/2014
-TwinFrozr cooler is very good at what it does. 100mm axial fans and the aluminum fin stack with 4 heatpipes keeps things cool; haven't gone above 60 C
-Very quiet. Fans run about about 50% speed during gaming and during normal use, about 34% speed, at which point it's virtually silent
-Decent factory core speed overclock
-Baseplate which will hopefully keep it straight for a bit longer (mostly, it is a heavy card after all)
-For those not inclined to manually overclock, MSI Gaming app offers easy one-click core speed overclocking and adjusts the fan profile accordingly
-Doesn't have a backplate (pretty much not necessary except for looks on this card)
-PCB is brown for whatever reason, guess MSI thought it was close enough to black
-Buzzing sound present when in-game (though it's only audible if you put your ear directly next to the card)
I was lucky enough to get working codes, so I actually got Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Splinter Cell: Blacklist with the card, making it an even better value.
Also note that the heatpipe finstack has the fins positioned horizontally instead of vertically like most other aftermarket coolers. This makes far more sense (to me at least) than vertical fins because the back of the bracket has vent holes. Due to the axial fan design, heat will always exhaust into your case, but the proportion that does is important. If the finstack is vertical (air moves up and down), ALL of the heat is thrown into the case, rendering the vent holes in the rear bracket essentially useless. If the finstack is horizontal (air moves left and right) at least SOME proportion of air has a CHANCE to go through the vent holes in the rear bracket which means there's that much LESS hot air your case has to deal with. Just my two cents on how airflow works with this cooler, so know that it may not be the correct interpretation
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