One of the main things AMD graphics cards have had going for them in the past couple of years, is the ability to squeeze out extra performance which can sometimes make up the difference to more expensive NVIDIA models; something AMD have done quite well in recent times. One thing however with the R7 370 itself is, it isn’t anything we haven’t seen before and there isn’t really any noticeable improvements other than AMD Freesync, and VSR; both of which are widely available via Catalyst Control Centre anyway.
To overclock the MSI R7 370 Gaming 2G graphics card, I used (as always) MSI Afterburner as it hasn’t really failed me; other software do a good job, but I prefer to stick to what I am more comfortable with; something overclockers can potentially attest to! One disheartening thing I discovered which I pointed out in the introduction, was the similarity between the specifications of the R7 370 and previous cards like the R9 270x/HD 7870. Even GPU-Z recognised the R7 370 as a “Pitcairn” variant which leaves me a little disappointed in all honesty! With that being said, this particular sample didn’t give me much overclocking headroom to play with, surely not as much as previous AMD cards have in the past; this could be a number of issues such as losing the silicone lottery, or even just down to an early driver revision.
I managed to achieve modest clocks of 1115/1500MHz up from stock clocks of 1050/1425MHz; not much in the way of an increase, but the percentages sit at 6% for the core and 5% on the memory; pretty poor but as I mentioned above, there are too many variables and this section is just a general baseline!
With that being said and done, here is how the increase in performance relates to stock and other cards: