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MSI Launches Nine AMD R7, R9 300 Series Graphics Cards

MSI launched a wave of new AMD R9 300 series graphics cards, six of which are in MSI's enthusiast Gaming series of computer parts.

MSI's Gaming series GPUs all come with the same cooler, the dual fan Twin Frozr V cooler in a red and black color scheme. These cards also feature a metal backplate which helps with cooling the GPU, in addition to adding support and durability to the card. The other cards released outside of the Gaming series instead opt for the Armor 2X or Armor coolers which are black and white, and they do not get a metal backplate.

MSI's new flagship AMD graphics card is the MSI AMD Radeon R9 390X Gaming 8G. The GPU is clocked at 1100 MHz and comes loaded with 8 GB of GDDR5, which will help the card when gaming at higher resolutions as 4K displays become more and more common. The MSI AMD Radeon R9 390 Gaming 8G is similar, with a slightly slower 1060 MHz clock speed, but it maintains the 8 GB of GDDR5 to improve performance at high resolutions.

Next are the MSI AMD Radeon R9 380 Gaming and the MSI AMD Radeon R7 370 Gaming GPUs. There are two R9 380 and two R7 370 GPUs each in the Gaming series, which differ primarily in the amount of vRAM on the card. One model of each has 4 GB of GDDR5, while the other model of each only has 2 GB of GDDR5. Clock speeds are a little lower on the 2 GB variants of the cards, but the difference is subtle. The R7 370 GPUs are also the only Gaming series GPUs released that lack a metal backplate.

Outside of the Gaming series, MSI also released an additional R9 380 and R7 370 GPU with only 2 GB of GDDR5. These utilize the Armor 2X cooler instead of the Twin Frozr V cooler and feature some minor clock speed reductions.

Finally, there is the R7 360 2GD5 OC, which is the lowest performance part released today by MSI. This GPU only features a single fan cooling solution, but still comes with 2 GB of GDDR5 and should provide adequate performance for entry level gaming.

GPUCore ClockMemory SpeedMemory SizeCoolingConnectivityBackplateDimensions
R9 390X GAMING 8G1100 MHz6100 MHz8 GB/ GDDR5Twin Frozr VDisplayPort / HDMI / DL-DVI-D x2Yes277x129x51 mm
R9 390 GAMING 8G1060 MHz6100 MHz8 GB/ GDDR5Twin Frozr VDisplayPort / HDMI / DL-DVI-D x2Yes277x129x51 mm
R9 380 GAMING 4G1000 MHz5700 MHz4 GB/ GDDR5Twin Frozr VDisplayPort / HDMI DL-DVI-I / DL-DVI-DYes268x138x40 mm
R9 380 GAMING 2G1000 MHz5500 MHz2 GB/ GDDR5Twin Frozr VDisplayPort / HDMI DL-DVI-I / DL-DVI-DYes268x138x40 mm
R7 370 GAMING 4G1020/  1070 MHz5700 MHz4 GB/ GDDR5Twin Frozr VDisplayPort / HDMI DL-DVI-I / DL-DVI-DNo258x132x37 mm
R7 370 GAMING 2G1000/ 1050 MHz5700 MHz2 GB/ GDDR5Twin Frozr VDisplayPort / HDMI DL-DVI-I / DL-DVI-DNo258x132x37 mm
R9 380 2GD5T OC980 MHz5500 MHz2 GB/ GDDR5Armor 2XDisplayPort / HDMI DL-DVI-I / DL-DVI-DNo254x128x37 mm
R7 370 2GD5T OC970/ 1020 MHz5500 MHz2 GB/ GDDR5Armor 2XDisplayPort / HDMI DL-DVI-I / DL-DVI-DNo255x124x35 mm
R7 360 2GD5 OC1100 MHz6500 MHz2 GB/ GDDR5ArmorDisplayPort / HDMI DL-DVI-INo165x110x37 mm

As of today, all of these GPUs are now available and can be purchased from various online retailers.

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  • jaber2
    Can we start doing some benchmarks please
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  • PCBuilderProbs
    seriously though, the 390 is $100 cheaper, we need to figure out how it compares to the 390x
    Reply
  • skit75
    That sure is one of the most beautiful back-plates, I've ever seen.
    Reply
  • falchard
    MSI did a fantastic job replacing the 2xx stickers with 3xx stickers. This is why MSI is the best hardware maker.
    Reply
  • scolaner
    Can we start doing some benchmarks please

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-radeon-r9-390x-r9-380-r7-370,4178.html
    Reply