ATi’s board partners have had some amazing success with the latest 4890 series cards. Following that lead is MSi with their Cyclone SOC card. One can never have too much of a good thing.
Since their release we have seen some amazing versions of the 4890 on the market. With very high clocking potential the latest and greatest from ATi sits poised to take our hard earned money and put it to good use.
At first inspection we see that MSi has done away with the reference cooler common on most offerings today. In its place sits a very unique and effective looking substitute. Featured is four 8mm thick heat pipes; this is a bold move indeed as a lot of CPU coolers only have 6mm thick ones. Attached to them is a long curved array of aluminum fins with two pipes devoted to each. Dead centre amidst this array is a 100mm PWM controlled fan; allowing for a lot of cooling potential. It does however suffer from the same drawback as most aftermarket solutions, in which it is dumping heat into the case instead of outside.
Of course for the vast majority it will be the numbers that matter most and this is one thing the Cyclone SOC is not shy from. With a rated GPU speed of 1Ghz from the start this card is blazing fast. And with it comes an effective memory speed of 4000mhz to round out the design. This is a very nice increase from MSI’s standard offering in their series of 850/3900 respectively. There are a few cards out there that might inch ahead in this performance league , Sapphire’s Atomic series for instance. However at the end of the day one has to walk away with a smile; after all with speeds like this from the manufacturer it is hard not to be happy.
Pricing and Availability have yet to be determined at the time of this posting.