Are MSI Graphic cards good?

Is MSI a good brand?

In terms of gaming hardware, it is without a doubt one of the most popular brands around. It’s been one of those names that gamers have trusted to deliver great products and value for years now. In fact, as far as GPUs go, they might be the biggest name out there other than NVIDIA and AMD. With all this being said, how do MSI cards stack up against the competition? Is this brand worth your money or should you look elsewhere?

We will first establish what makes a good graphics card and then we’ll take a closer look at what MSI has to offer from there point-of-view. We’ll compare certain aspects of their cards with other ones on the market from both AMD and NVIDIA.

But first, we need to come up with some sort of criteria for judging these cards. After all, what’s important to one person might not be important for another. So we’ll try and make this as fair as possible.

We will start by listing a number of different aspects that make up a great graphics card and then ask you to rate how important each one is on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the least important and 10 being the most important). For example: “A Graphics Card should have good performance” – If you had to rate how much an acceptable level of performance was on a scale from 1-10 how would you answer?

We will tally up your answers and see which cards stand out over others based on your criteria. For example, if you rated “Good Price” as a 7 out of 10 and “Good Performance” as an 8 out of 10 then the cards that received those same scores will likely be ranked higher than other ones.

The 10 Most Important Specifications:


It should come as no surprise that the price was ranked as one of (if not THE) most important aspect. If you’re building a gaming PC then chances are you already have limited funds for doing so. You probably can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on a top-of-the line graphics card anymore like you could back when 3D games first started becoming popular (i.e., DOOM and Quake). This list has been updated to reflect modern day prices (June 2016).


Performance is obviously important. After all, you’re trying to build the best gaming PC possible right? You want the graphics card that has the best combination of price and performance; not one that’s either too cheap (and low quality) or too expensive (and overpriced). A card should provide acceptable framerates at resolutions high enough for any gaming monitor . If it doesn’t, then there’s no point in spending money on it. We will rank each card based on this criteria.

Noise Level

A graphics cards fan can be a serious annoyance if it starts buzzing every time your computer boots up or even worse after a few hours of playing a game. It might not bother some people, but even if it doesn’t get on your nerves you will probably feel the need to replace the card altogether with a quieter one. We’ll rank each card based on this criteria.

Fan Size & Cooling System

  In order for a graphics card to perform at its maximum efficiency it needs to stay cool while doing so. And if that means having a HUGE heat sink and multiple fans then that’s what they’ll do! A lot of times bigger can be better especially when you’re talking about optimal cooling. That being said, some smaller cards have been able to keep up with their larger counterparts in terms of performance due to their more efficient designs. So we will rank each card based on this criteria as well.


The more outputs a graphics card has, the more devices you can hook it up to. For example hooking up your PC to an HDTV requires HDMI or DisplayPort connections which are found on newer cards. If you’re just using your PC for gaming then there’s no point in getting a graphics card with so many outputs but if you plan on doing anything else with it (such as watching movies) then it might be worth spending extra money for one that has multiple connections available. We will rank each card based on this criteria.

Features & Technologies

Some cards have technologies not available on other models because of their unique features and support of certain technologies; usually aimed at improving performance or efficiency while lowering power consumption For example, cards with “AMD Eyefinity” allow you to use multiple monitors at once and has more than 2 outputs or if a card has features that let it work better in 3D such as NVIDIA’s 3D Vision . We will rank each card based on this criteria.

Multi Monitor-Friendly

Most gamers who go for the maximum screen setup already own two (or more) HDTVs; one being their primary monitor and the other being their second display for watching movies/multimedia. For these types of users, multi monitor support is extremely important since they need their main PC display to be able to cover both screens without having to sacrifice picture quality or resolution. We will rank each card based on this criteria.

Ease of Use & Overclocking Potential

Certain graphics cards are known for being more difficult to install and use than others depending on your preferences or knowledge level. You definitely don’t want this to be the reason why you end up going with a lower tier product! So we’ll take into account all of those little things such as how easy it is to setup, whether drivers are easy to install, how well it performs (and overclocks) with its stock cooler and etc. We will rank each card based on this criteria.

Recommended Games & Settings

A lot of new graphics cards can play most games at incredible settings but there are still some titles that require the latest and greatest to run smoothly; either because they’re too demanding or early in their development cycles. And if you don’t want to spend more money on a high end video card then it’s good to know which ones are the best bang for your buck . It also doesn’t hurt if someone tells you what settings work best with certain cards so that you have an easier time tweaking them yourselves. If possible we’ll even include performance comparisons between multiple cards.


Overclocking is the process of increasing graphics card performance beyond its factory default settings by modifying certain key hardware parameters. There are many cards today that can be overclocked but there are some which are known for their impressive performance gains with just a few simply modifications . It’s also important to note what kind of overclocks are achievable through software along with how easy it is to access these settings so that you have more control over your card. We will rank each card based on this criteria.


There’s a lot of information to pack into one article so we’ll leave you with this: choose your next graphics card with care. A good GPU is vital for any gaming PC but the wrong choice can lead to disappointing results or even downtime as manufacturers tend to be pretty strict on their products and will not cover every fault under warranty.