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MSI Launches Radeon R7 260 1GD5 OC Card

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Here's a budget-friendly entry into 4K gaming.

Looking to beef up your current gaming rig with a mid-range video card? MSI has the GPU you seek, the R7 260 1GD5 OC card that's now available to purchase. The card is based on AMD's Radeon R7 260 GPU, and arrives clocked at 1050 MHz. The card also supports up to six displays thanks to DisplayPort, HDMI, DL-DVI-I and DL-DVI-D out ports.

"This offers excellent flexibility for anyone looking for more versatility whether it's extra horsepower for graphics or to allow higher resolutions to be connected to their PC," reads the company's press release. "Furthermore, like the high end R9 290 and R9 290X, the R7 260 1GD5 OC is also equipped with AMD TrueAudio which reduces CPU loads up to 14% compared to rendering sound with the on-board audio chip."

The MSI R7 260 1GD5 OC graphics card stays cool thanks to an extra large 10 cm fan (100 mm), dual heat pipes and an expanded heat sink that doubles the air flow compared to conventional fan products. This fan can be set to run at different speeds for different GPU temperature settings, essentially handing full control of the card's performance over to the gamer.

Thanks to the exclusive Afterburner overclocking utility, MSI R7 260 1GD5 OC owners can also overclock the card by up to 32.4 percent. The card can even reach 1.3 GHz just by using air cooling alone.

"Enthusiasts can also use the Afterburner APP on their Android / iOS handheld devices to monitor and overclock their graphics cards," reads the press release. "Other Afterburner features include 5 configuration settings, Predator audio-video capture, and Kombustor burn-in testing to help enthusiasts optimize their graphics performance."

The new card features 1 GB of GDDR5 video memory at 6.0 GHz on a 128-bit memory interface. The card also has all solid capacitors, propeller blade technology with 20 percent more airflow and a 50 percent larger cooling area. The card also features AMD HD3D technology, supporting stereoscopic 3D gaming support, third party stereoscopic 3D middleware software support, and Blu-ray 3D support.

Pricing and actual availability wasn't given, but expect a price tag of around $200 USD.

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    fulle , January 22, 2014 2:30 PM
    I could get a R9 270X for $200... and not a budget one either. A nice one, with a fancy shmancy cooler on it. Hopefully "around $200 USB" is actually "$140".
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    HiTechObsessed , January 22, 2014 2:44 PM
    The regular 260x goes for $140, this needs to be less. $200? Good lord that's way too high lol
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    cklaubur , January 22, 2014 2:45 PM
    An MSI R7 260X is available for $160, so I don't see this card (lower performance than the 260X) starting at $200.

    Casey
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    doomtomb , January 22, 2014 3:02 PM
    I guess performance isnt this guy's middle name.
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    carnage9270 , January 22, 2014 3:10 PM
    I guess I'm missing something...a 4k video card with HDMI 1.4a? I guess it can do 4k resolution but the fps would have to be 30...not a good 4k gaming card at all. HDMI 2.0 will have to be the specification to hit 60fps at 4k resolution.
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    icraft , January 22, 2014 3:26 PM
    I don't see why this has to be pure PR. First off, the OC area is worded terribly. A card will in all likelihood not reach even 1200. 2nd, this card will have issues streaming 4k, much less playing at 60fps. 3rd the "This fan can be set to run at different speeds" part is just an everyday fan curve. Entire thing is like paid PR to overblow the card to a poor non-techie consumer. I know you guys just report it, but add a little common sense eh?
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    falchard , January 22, 2014 3:46 PM
    This is MSI, where is the gamer red and black? What is this blue non-sense.Also I doubt you will be able to buy any AMD GPU right now for MSRP.
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    rolandzhang3 , January 22, 2014 3:53 PM
    A 1GB entry level card for 4k gaming at $200, lol funny joke
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    icraft , January 22, 2014 4:56 PM
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    This is MSI, where is the gamer red and black? What is this blue non-sense.Also I doubt you will be able to buy any AMD GPU right now for MSRP.

    The r9 270x and below are all within $10 of MSRP.
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    CaptainTom , January 22, 2014 5:08 PM
    It is $110, not $200. Idk where TH is getting their info from lol.
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    razor512 , January 22, 2014 10:14 PM
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    A 1GB entry level card for 4k gaming at $200, lol funny joke
    Hey, pong looks awesome at 4K
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    rolandzhang3 , January 22, 2014 10:15 PM
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    A 1GB entry level card for 4k gaming at $200, lol funny joke
    Hey, pong looks awesome at 4K


    I guess some 4K remakes of old platformers would be nice :lol: 
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    Novuake , January 23, 2014 2:00 AM
    When are the R7s getting benched? I want to know how they are.
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    bemused_fred , January 23, 2014 3:01 AM
    "Here's a budget-friendly entry into 4K gaming."....I think not
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    Novuake , January 23, 2014 3:09 AM
    Quote:
    "Here's a budget-friendly entry into 4K gaming."....I think not


    Yeah, thought the same thing. :sarcastic: 
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    boytitan2 , January 23, 2014 11:24 AM
    Did I really just see a article copied word for word with marketing talk and 200 bucks for a 260...I honestly don't know what to say.
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    cinnamon cider , January 24, 2014 1:47 AM
    Better-off grabbing R9 270x than this shit.