Ok, so it took me forever to decide on a GPU to pair with my Pentium G3258 before I settled on the MSI 270x. A ton of research lead me to keep my expectations at bay for how well it would perform, but so far this card is a beast and I couldn't be happier! As a note, it's a very big card (10.5 inches, I think?), so make sure your case and mobo will hold it ok.
Current stable OC is *1170mhz core/1470mhz mem at 1.25v (+50mv, PL+20% in MSI Afterburner). However, for most of my gaming I've been keeping it stock just to see how it performs. Here are some in-game numbers, all taken with FRAPS enabled, and at 1080p
If you purchased a Dell XPS 8300 computer a few years ago and you are looking for options to replace failing hardware and/or upgrade performance, this graphics card is a great buy. These older high-performance computers can be modified into respectable gaming rigs without breaking the bank. Unfortunately Dell offers very minimal support for upgrades and mods for their XPS line. The best advice I found for upgrading an XPS was in the online forums and product reviews. I thought I would review the product myself and give a few tips I learned along the way.
This MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming 2GB card seems to be one of the best graphics card options to upgrade the XPS 8300. After installing the R9 270X into the XPS, the Windows Experience Index for graphics and gaming graphics increased by 0.9 points (7.0 to 7.9). This is the highest score possible. I was replacing a Radeon 5670 with a broken fan. I do some moderate gaming a few times a month so the performance increase...
I understand this is an older card. I had it for many moons, I believe I purchased it back in early 2014. It was an awesome card and was able to handle many things. Most importantly, on an older computer like mine, which ran the following:
AMD Phenom ii x4 965 16gb DDR3 1333mhz memory Telling Windows 7 to load everything into memory and not use a dedicated pagefile Played on a 55" 1080 tv.
The video card was a champion. I played mainly WoW, but could handle Crysis 2 with most settings on full blast with minimal FPS drops.
Unfortunately, the card started exhibiting problems (Windows 7 would blue screen, not load at all, OR would show a green screen just before dropping to the desktop.) Put the card in a different machine that I knew had no problems and got the same issues.
The card died one month after it's manufacturer warranty, but MSI has (or maybe had) a 3 year warranty on their cards, so I wouldn't mind having spent a...
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