I’m not much into commercials but I happen to get a kick out of the one with the guy who asks the children if more is better. I have always believed that more is better as long as it is not in excess. I like a nice balance of the more at not so much of the more price. Think about it, is more weight better or worse? Is having more buttons a godsend or a hassle? Does having to climb more steps make your life easier? On the other hand 33% more or getting a larger engine with more horsepower at the same price is a bargain. Having reviewed a lot of computer components, there are some I would consider bare bones and others which were so over the top it made the price unreachable for the average consumer. Yes, there is a so called pecking order or class that most components fall under but just because something is added to a product will it be utilized by the buyer?
Most peripherals and minor components are normally priced in an affordable fashion but, when we delve into the world of motherboards and video cards, extra features can and usually equate to increased price, increased power consumption and increased weight. Do most of us who purchase these so called “Enthusiast” class products use everything we are paying for or was the purchase based on one particular feature and the rest considered a bonus if the opportunity to use them ever arrived? Hence, I will refer to my statement above, as I have become more knowledgeable I prefer a product that is going to deliver a nice balance of extra features at a minimal price. MSI has announced the availability of the latest Radeon Series video cards. I have specifically chosen the MSI Radeon R9 270X Hawk Edition to review. The 270X Hawk Edition is a non-reference card with added features at an increased price but is there a balance between both?
The MSI Radeon R9 270X Hawk Edition is priced at $219.99 USD. The MSI 270X Hawk is also a factory pre-overclocked card with a core speed of 1150 MHz (with boost), 1280 processing units, memory clock speed of 5500 MHz and 2GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory. The 270X Hawk features include active phase switching, advanced thermal design, military class components and triple overvoltage protection. For connectivity there are two DVI, one HDMI and one Display port outputs and requires two 6-pin PCI-e connectors for power. Total TDP is 161W and it measures 263 x 136 x 38 mm. (10 ¼ x 5 ¼ x 1 ½ ) As a Radeon series video card, it is Eyefinity and Crossfire capable.