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MSI GTX 760 Gaming MINI-ITX Review

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Posted May 6, 2014 by Sandy Bruce in Video Cards

Overview

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Release Date: Now
 
Specifications: See review
 
Price at time of Review: $249.00
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Very Capable, Quiet, 4k compatible, Matches Gaming AC and other boards well. Quality
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Price comparison. Potential issues with heat
 
BOTTOM LINE:
More then anything else this GPU offers you options. After looking at everything the MSI GTX 760 Gaming Mini-ITX has to offer in this seldom noticed segment I come away with ideas... ideas on how I could best take advantage of what this small but powerful package has to offer.
by Sandy Bruce
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Conclusion

Simply put, the MSI GTX 760 Mini-ITX does what it was intended to do. It offers capable gaming for small form factor rigs. The GPU power needed to obtain playable frame rates with good detail creates massive amounts of heat that will need to be dealt with in a very small space. MSI did their part with RADAX and the radial finned heat sink. Your job will be to make sure there is good airflow in the case you select or you may run into some issues of higher temps. That goes for all GPUs but more so in smaller spaces. If you can handle that, then you are golden and will enjoy many hours of gaming without being annoyed by fan noise. The MSI GTX 760 Mini-ITX is near silent in every one of the Gaming App predefined settings.

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Outside of gaming the GTX 760 Mini-ITX can be perfect for a high definition HTPC allowing for HD playback of Blu-Ray, 1080P streaming and even 4k video, which is catching on and quickly pushing itself into the forefront of digital entertainment. What better way to be ready than a tiny powerful HTPC that is also capable of gaming.

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Options. More then anything else this GPU offers you options, whether you use the smallest of the small or largest of the large cases, it’s all up to you. Single GPU or multiples in SLI? Gaming or 4k HTPC? The choice is yours, and this card can handle it. After looking at everything the MSI GTX 760 Gaming Mini-ITX has to offer in this seldom noticed segment I come away with ideas… ideas on how I could best take advantage of what this small but powerful package has to offer. Even as I write this, I have yet to decide on its permanent home. HTPC? Small gaming rig for the kids? Steam box? No matter what I choose to do with it, I know it will do it well.

At $259.99 it falls into a tough segment when compared to similarly priced GPUs. However, that is if you are looking for a full sized GPU. If not, then you don’t really have many choices. Its size, solid performance, cooling capabilities, near silent operation and installation options not normally afforded to gamers, makes the MSI GTX 760 Mini-ITX a PureOverclock Great Hardware Award winner.

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