MSI R9 390X Gaming 8G Review
Published: 18th June 2015 | Source: MSI | Price: £350 @ OCUK |
We've often said how much we love the MSIs packaging since the introduction of the Gaming brand, and the R9 390X is no exception. To say it is eye-catching is very much understating things. It's bold.
The Twin Frozr V cooler is gorgeous. The always popular red and black combination is used to its fullest effect with the shroud having the Gaming slashes on the right hand side. If the front is attractive then the backplate isn't lacking in aesthetic considerations. Too often manufacturers ignore the back, which is annoying as it's the place we see the most when looking into our cases.
The custom PCB and cooler show their worth when you dig a little deeper. Rather than just touching the GPU and hovering around the MOSFETs and just blowing air at them the heatsink on this actually touches the mosfets to giving them full contact cooling (see below). Guaranteeing the best performance and coolest temperatures. Excellent stuff from MSI.
Power is provided by the standard combination of 8+6 pin PCIe. Even the plastics are a matching red, showing MSIs attention to detail.
Taking a closer look at the cooler itself there is nothing half arsed here what so ever, when dismantling it it felt and looks more like a 'Lightning' cooler than what we have come to expect from the Gaming brand. There are two things to highlight here, first being the anti droop brace that actually double up as a memory heat sink. This means its much larger and gives the card some serious rigidity. Second is the power end of the card its to clean and well spaced, the main heat sink even comes into direct contact with the mosfets considering how hard these have to work it should help keep them happier long term.