Excerpt: MSI always has made products built around stability and performance. The card we’re looking at today is no different, offering Military Class components and special designs tailored to those who love a good performing card with headroom to push it when needed.
MSI R7870 HAWK Review and CrossFire Performance: AMD HD 7870 on Steroids
19 July 2012
Excerpt: The $300 to $400 range of video cards has become quite crowded as of late. If we can remember way back to March when AMD introduced their HD 7800 series of cards, and later that month we saw NVIDIA release their GTX 680 card. Even though NVIDIA held the price/performance crown, AMD continued to offer their products at what many considered to be grossly overpriced considering the competition.
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: Factory Overclocked to 1100MHz, GPU Reactor for more Current Volume and Less Ripple, Military Grade Components, Voltage Leads for VDDCI, GPU, and Memory, Outstanding Overclock Potential, CrossFire Support
Conclusion: Let’s put some wrapping and a nice little bow on top of this review shall we? I really have to admit there isn’t much to complain about with this card at all. If you forced me to say something bad about it I would have to say the Twin Frozr IV fans get whiny after about 60%. However, I only expect people to be benching with the card at 100% fan speed.
Excerpt: I always feel like I start with this lately, but the MSI HAWK series is one of my favorite video card series on the market. It's not that every series is one of my favorites, but the three main performance series from MSI (Lightning, Power Edition and HAWK) are all standout options and do tower above those from other companies.
Summary: AMD did a good job with their Radeon HD 7870. MSI's HD 7870 HAWK builds on that foundation and tries to create an overclocker's SKU that provides maximum performance and overclocking potential.
Thanks to the 100 MHz overclock out of the box, the HD 7870 HAWK has a 5% performance advantage over the AMD reference design. This is a decent increase, yet I would have expected more from a card like this, as there is plenty of clock headroom available.
Pros: Good performance increase, Overclocked out of the box, Some additional OC headroom left, Quiet in idle, Easy access to voltage monitoring points, Dual BIOS, Native full-size HDMI output, Adds support for PCI-Express 3.0 and DirectX 11.1, Support for multiple independent audio streams
Cons: Noisy under load, Price too high to be competitive, Increased power consumption, GPU reactor eats into upper slot space, CCC Overdrive memory limits too low
Summary: I always like what MSI does with their special edition graphics cards. Series like the Lightning, the HAWK... they are all killer cards. The R7870 in particular however I find to be exquisite... The PCB design and color works out well, you'll spot the sturdy military class III component usage (CopperMOS/Hi-c CAP/Golden Solid State chokes/Coated Solid Capacitors) that help out on longevity and heat and thus overclocking accompanied by the GPU reactor, which we doubt is...
Conclusion: The capability rating compares each graphics card with GeForce GT 630, which is considered a baseline, or 100%. The rating is based on both synthetic and gaming results and shows, as the name implies, what a product is capable of. The usability rating is obtained by dividing each card's capability rating by its price. It basically shows whether a given product is over or underpriced, considering what it can do, and thus how reasonable it is to buy it.
Excerpt: Модельный ряд видеокарт MSI недавно расширился за счет еще одного «ястреба». На этот раз модернизации подвергся видеоадаптер Radeon HD 7870. Топовые модели от основных конкурентов на нашем рынке, ASUS и Gigabyte, мы уже рассмотрели. Посмотрим, что им сможет противопоставить R7870 Hawk.