Reviewed: MSI Z97I Gaming AC & R9 270X Mini ITX - R9 270X ITX Gaming Specifications Featured

The MSI R9 270X ITX Gaming takes a mid / lower mid-range GPU, makes it shorter but keeps the clock of 1030MHz (boost clock of 1070MHz) in gaming mode. There are 2 other modes, OC mode with a  boost clock of 1080MHz and Silent Mode with a boost clock of 1050MHz.

One thing that you notice straight away is the absence of the Twin Frozr cooling solution - to keep the card shorter, MSI has implemented their RADAX fan. The cooler looks more like a stock blower style fan but it's actually more like a compromise in that it does move a fair amount of heat out the back through the grill but there are vents around the card so it also dumps some hot air inside the case. In the end, it's a very effective cooling solution both thermally and acoustically. The results on an open test bench and in our closed practical build were the same.

The power connector is a single 8-Pin PCIE and it comes with the standard 2GB of 5600MHz GDDR5 Memory. There is a Crossfire connector on the top of the card but I can't imagine these being used on this ITX model card.

The connectivity is 1x Dual Link DVI, 1x HDMI (1.4a) and 2x Mini DisplayPort all along the slot next to the PCB which means that the second slot is available in its entirety to exhaust warm air from a compact case.

The full specifications of the MSI R9 270X ITX Gaming are listed below.

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MSI R9 270X ITX Gaming

Graphics Engine

AMD Radeon™ R9 270X


PCI Express x16 3.0

Memory Type


Memory Size(MB)


Memory Interface

256 bits

Core Clock Speed(MHz)

1030MHz Core (Boost Clock:1080MHz) (OC mode)
1030MHz Core (Boost Clock:1070MHz) (Gaming mode)
1030MHz Core (Boost Clock:1050MHz) (Silent mode)

Memory Clock Speed(MHz)


DVI Output

1(Dual-link DVI-Ix1)


1 (version 1.4a), Max Resolution: 4096x2160@24 Hz

Mini DisplayPort


HDCP Support


Dual Link DVI




DirectX Version Support


OpenGL Version Support


SLI Support


Card Dimension(mm)

170 x 120 x 35mm


585 g

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