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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
Summary: Not only is the MSI HD 7870 HAWK an awesome AMD Radeon HD 7870 part, but it's an absolutely awesome video card period. Like other video cards that are part of the HAWK, Lightning and Power Edition series, they not only perform great, but they're just awesome fun to use because of the wicked...
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.
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