MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk ReviewRHKCommander959 - May 15, 2011
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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. The memory speed was increased from 1050MHz all the way to 1250MHz with headroom left, a dramatic increase! When pushing the core speed, the back side of the PWM area became very hot and was likely the reason for the smaller core overclock. The voltage measuring points and BIOS performance switch are nice touches for those looking to push the card although, the PWM heat seems to be the only thing limiting further overclocking. Noise wasn't an issue with the card unless gaming for a good length and then it couldn't be heard over the game noise without a silent break. This was on Performance mode. Silence would assist that goal further. Two full DVI-I ports are always nice to see, the third port is a Mini HDMI output that comes with an adapter for regular HDMI. A DisplayPort would have been nice but since the market hasn't had any demand for it, NVIDIA has not yet jumped ship to that medium.
There weren't any real cons for this video card. There were some things that could be improved upon such as the PWM cooling, but overclocking is never a guarantee and the card is already clocked high out of the box. The base had some machining grooves but that doesn't matter when the core is blocked by an IHS anyway. Everything else was good.
A card that comes well equipped with accessories and features is not always easy to find. The Hawk threw down with cards that were supposed to be more capable and even came out ahead in some scenarios while matching them in others. With all of the features this card could easily fit in to the advanced overclocking crowd while still blending in with with regular users and enthusiasts. It has the price and performance ratio covered well. A free game is always a nice added bonus!
- Good cooling
- Free game
- Highly adjustable voltage
- Voltage measuring spots
- Great overclocking
- Complete accessory package
- PWM Cooling