Gigabyte Windforce R9-27xOC-2GD
OverviewHardware: Video Cards
WHAT WE LIKED:Performance, Price and Value, Cooling, Quiet and looks.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:None
Low temps were measured after the system booted and remained idle for 10 minutes. Max temps were measured under the “Worse Case” scenario by running Heaven 4.0 windowed twice in a row. The Temps in Heaven were verified by having Trix running on the side. It would be a rare thing for you to stress your GPU to this level but we need to get an idea of the cooling solution included with this card.
The triple fan solution on the R9-27xOC-2GD proves to be superior to its competitors. Not only did it run cooler for the final temp test, it did not pick up speed enough to be audible. I’m guessing the newer cores run cooler then the aging 7950 cores due to process improvements and a few redesigns. The MSI 7950 had a single fan solution that wasn’t up to the task. It was loud and didn’t do that great at cooling.