MSI N760 Hawk Reviewccokeman -
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MSI N760 Hawk Testing:
Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine's Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1200 using 8xAA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a 20-minute cool-down, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.
- Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
- Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
- 5-run sequence
- 20-minute idle duration
- Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
MSI's Twin Frozr IV dual fan cooler that has equipped several of the GTX 700 series cards I have looked at is used here to deliver excellent temperatures by comparison to the blower style cooler used on the reference GTX 760. The reference solution on the GTX 770 and GTX 780 is more robust than the one used on the reference GTX 760, so we see some significant improvement over the reference cooling solution on the GTX 760 Hawk. At stock speeds the GTX 760 Hawk's Twin Frozr IV cooling solution delivers a 15 °C margin over the reference cooler. Overclocked the margin is still 9 °C. Pretty impressive results to say the least.