While we are always happy to see a good bargain, we do admit that with great power comes a big price tag. This is particularly true of graphics cards. There are a lot of affordable options on the market, sure, but if you really want a performance monster — most likely for your gaming — you are going to have to save up those pennies and dig deep into your pockets.
If that’s what you’re after and you like your graphics cards to be Radeon flavoured, MSI have a great solution. Powered by a Radeon HD 6000 chipset, the R6990 offers a massive amount of processing power for all your graphics requirements. This is supported by a huge 4GB of GDDR5 memory which, when combined with the powerful processor, delivers silky smooth frame rates at even the highest detail settings. And its support for SLi and Crossfire modes makes the whole thing even more powerful, if you’re willing to double up on the expense.
Spending the more than $200 that this card will set you back may seem like a heavy cost (and it is) but the quality of this card is well worth it. In fact, the price is pretty good when compared to similar devices. In addition, MSI have built their usual quality into it, ensuring a much longer life span – they claim 12 years under gaming strain, and 40 years normal usage. We’ll have to take their word for it.
The card is really big, both in terms of capacity and actual physical size. It’s not the bulkiest graphics card we have seen, but it certainly is up there. A single fan provides cooling to the components, which are all housed in a solid case with generous venting.
Solid capacitors help keep the card running cool, as well as extending its lifespan and minimising the chances of catastrophic occurrences, like explosions.
Naturally, the card comes with a whole host of extras, like MSI’s Afterburner overclocking software, for easy and safe overclocking. Additionally, the card supports up to five displays using AMD’s Eyefinity system; four via Displayport, and one via DVI. 3D support, Blu-Ray support and more round off the bundle.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. It is an expensive piece of hardware. But the power and performance is undeniable – we had a great time seeing what it could do. Additionally, the single fan, which uses optimised fan speed control, runs surprisingly quietly, while still keeping the card quite cool. This can be enhanced by optimising the card’s performance for 2D and 3D applications.
If you are willing to spend the cash, you can’t go wrong with this MSI monster. Admittedly, you can compromise if you want to save a bit of money, but the price for this device most certainly is right, even if it is high. If compromise is not an option, and you want value for money, regardless of the actual cost, the MSI R6990 is highly recommended. Power users will not be disappointed.