MSI Radeon R7 370 Gaming 2GB Video Card Review

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Battlefield 4

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Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011’s Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America. Battlefield 4’s single-player Campaign takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor. Tensions between Russia and the United States have been running at a record high. On top of this, China is also on the brink of war, as Admiral Chang, the main antagonist, plans to overthrow China’s current government; and, if successful, the Russians will have full support from the Chinese, bringing China into a war with the United States.

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This game title uses the Frostbite 3 game engine and looks great. We tested Battlefield 4 with the Ultra graphics quality preset as most discrete desktop graphics cards can easily play with this IQ setting at 1080P and we still want to be able to push the higher-end cards down the road. We used FRAPS to benchmark with these settings on the Shanghai level. All tests were done with the DirectX 11 API unless noted in the chart.

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Battlefield 4 is more CPU intensive than any other game that we benchmark with as 25% of the CPU is used up during gameplay. You can see that six threads are being used and that the processor is running in Turbo mode at 3.96GHz more times than not.

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Benchmark Results: In Battlefield 4 with Ultra settings at Full HD 1080P resolutions we found that all three video cards were somewhat close, but the ASUS GeForce GTX 950 STRIX 2GB was more than 10% faster than the MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 2GB video card.

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Benchmark Results: Here is a look at the performance over time and you can see that the ASUS GeForce GTX 950 STRIX was faster than the MSI Radeon R7 370 across the entire benchmark run!

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  • Nathan

    Bit less than 950, hence the large price drop these days. R7 370 is the most power per dollar of any gaming card at the moment.

  • Didn’t know if its the exact sample, but I did run into same troubles OC this MSI, seems to be on full lockdown but beside a glitch in firmware (since others managed to apply some OC) http://www.pcmhz.com/teste-reviews/placi-video/4021-msi-r7-370-gaming-2g-review

  • Sviat A

    Well, 40dB is not very silent. When sit in a silent room, that will become too noisy.

    On the other hand, this is not too bad. For example, I have a Chieftec PSU, and it seems it wants to fly somewhere when working.

    Anyway, I like this card for its price and performance (http://hardware.nl/msi/v305-030r.html).

    • 40dB is a good margin for a silent VGA, of course, you can have one with passive cooling 🙂 Anyway, on a full desktop setup you’ll have other components that are a bit beyond 40dB (PSU, CPU cooler etc).

      • Sviat A

        NO!))))
        I would like to have a system that doesn’t sound louder than 35dB, that is nearly perfect quiet noise))) You could even sleep.