Excerpt: Have I mentioned that MSI is putting out some pretty nice video cards as of late? Last year I was able to take a look at their R5770 HAWK, and this year so far I have taken a look at their HD 6950 OC Twin Frozr II and the superb R6970 Lightning. All of these cards have impressed me to a great degree. MSI has really excelled in their pursuit of designing unique cards which often stand out from the crowd, without breaking the budget.
Conclusion: Important: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk Video Card a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar video card that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score.
Pros: Twin Frozr III cooler is excellent, V-Check points, Very nice looks, Excellent build quality, Good price/performance ratio, SLI support, PWM LED's and APS utility, Fan profile switch, 8+1 Phase Design, Xtreme cool and OCP unlocker switches, Variety of outputs: D-SUB, DVI-I and HDMI
Cons: Hot air from GPU exhausted into case, Fan noise at 100% is not good, Overclocking needs to be re-visited
Conclusion: The MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk was definitely impressive! With some minor refinements this card could probably push the core overclocking further and thus improve the already high performance! The card is able to match and sometimes beat an AMD HD 6950 and tie most of the time with the GTX 570 while costing much less than both. Overclocking was able to increase the core speed from 950MHz to 1010MHz stable with stints up to 1050MHz.
Pros: Good cooling, Quiet, Free game, Highly adjustable voltage, Voltage measuring spots, Great overclocking, Connectivity, Complete accessory package
Summary: As a competitor with other NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti based video cards, the MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk knocks the ball out of the park. Its overclock gives it a real performance advantage. Its cooling device keeps it cooler even though it uses more power. It's not significantly more expensive, and yet it gives you all these advantages over NVIDIA's standard design. If other GTX 560 Ti's were all that this video card had to compete with, it would be a no-brainer.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Very quiet cooling system with performance-oriented fan profile, Much lower temps than reference designs, Performance improvement over GTX 460 is impressive, Overclocking headroom is similar to the GTX 460, PhysX capability is great feature with minimal FPS impact, Upgraded power supply design with high quality components, Low price penalty for enhanced performance and features, Manufacturing quality is close to the very top, Industry leading 3D support by NVIDIA
Cons: $250+ is still a lot of money for casual gamers to spend, Hot air from GPU cooler stays inside case, GTX 560 SE is probably in the works, and might offer more value
Excerpt: Bei der MSI N560GTX Ti HAWK handelt es sich um eine Enthusiasten-Grafikkarte, die trotz ihre meist werkseitig hochgeschraubten Taktraten auch Interesse bei Anwendern finden, welche selbst übertakten möchten. Wir prüfen heute diesen jüngsten MSI-Spross, dem der Name "Falke" verliehen wurde. Kann sich die Grafikkarte auf Basis der GeForce GTX 560 Ti gegen die Wettbewerber behaupten?
Excerpt: Τον τελευταίο καιρό η αγορά των καρτών γραφικών δεν παρουσιάζει κάποιο ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον μιας και δεν υπάρχει κάτι τεχνολογικά καινούργιο, ενώ η επόμενη γενιά των 28nm φαίνεται να αργεί για την ώρα. Οι εξελίξεις κινούνται στην κατηγορία των επεξεργαστών, όπως είδαμε και στο πρόσφατο review μας, με το τελευταίο "επίτευγμα" της AMD ονόματι Bulldozer να ανοίγει το χορό.