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Gigabyte Windforce R9-27xOC-2GD

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Posted October 11, 2013 by Sandy Bruce in Video Cards

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Release Date: 10/10/2013
 
Specifications: 1280 Shaders Rops/Tmu 32/80 1100 Mhz Core Clock PCI Express 3.0 1400Mhz Memory clock Effective Memory Clock 5500MHz 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort 2 x DVI
 
Price at time of Review: around $199 Maybe be higher due to Non Ref Model
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Performance, Price and Value, Cooling, Quiet and looks.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

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BOTTOM LINE:
I'm not telling you to go sell everything you currently have in your rig to run out and buy one, but if you are already in the market to replace for your aging card, then you should seriously consider looking into the Gigabyte R9-27xOC. Or, if you are just now wanting to get into gaming, then you can't go wrong with this solution.
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Temperatures

 

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.

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