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MSI HD R5770 Hawk Review

jlqrb    -   February 21, 2010
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Testing:

To gauge the performance of the MSI HD R5770 Hawk, I will be putting it though our testbed of both games and benchmarking programs. To test the gaming graphics performance, we use Far Cry 2, Crysis Warhead, Darkest of Days, Call of Duty World at War, Warhammer 40,000, Batman Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, and Left 4 Dead. Since gaming doesn't tell the whole story, we also use FutureMark's 3DMark06 and 3Dmark Vantage programs, which test both the DX9 and DX10 capabilities of the graphics card and give it an overall score depending on how well it holds up during the testing process. Since the HD 5770 graphics cards fit more into the mid-range market than the enthusiast, I will be running the tests at a level that is more in line with this audience's type of use. I will also be comparing the HD R5770 Hawk to other mid-range graphics cards to determine the overall value of the card. One note, though all of the comparison cards were originally tested on an Intel platform, they have been retested on the AMD test platform, so the numbers will vary from the comparison reviews. These cards were tested with the latest drivers from both NVIDIA and ATI.

 

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

For overclocking, I used MSI's Afterburner program and tested the stability using ATI Overdrive. I started by moving the core frequency by 50MHz and checking the overclock for stability each time I made a change. Once I maxed the core I reduced it back to stock and started to raise the memory frequencies. When I found the max of 1075 on the core and 1500 for the memory, I did another stability test and was happy to see that it passed the Catalyst Control Centers test with ease. I was extremely pleased with this overclock and was waiting for the Far Cry 2 benchmark to load with a smile on my face, but as soon as the loading was finished, the screen turned solid black and never recovered. Wanting to make sure that it wasn't a drivers issue, I was going to run a different game and check the results, but before I could even do that, the Windows desktop started to get pixel errors across the screen. When you are getting pixel errors, before a game even starts you know you have overclocked too far, so I scaled it back and started to use Far Cry 2 as my stability test. Unfortunately before I could run though the Far Cry benchmarks successfully, I had to reduce the core to 1025MHz and the memory to 1410MHz. As far as overclocking goes though, this is extremely respectable and it should yield us some nice results in the testing part of the review. While overclocking, I left the fan speed setting at auto and even though the fans rotation stayed around 35% the core ran extremely cool and there was not a time when the temperature exceeded 70C. When spinning at 35%, the Twin Frozr II was almost completely silent. Once thing to note is the fan can get quite loud when at a spin above 82%, but there was not a time with the fan set to auto that the rotation got that high.

 

 

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Darkest of Days
  4. Call of Duty World at War
  5. Warhammer 40,000 DOW II
  6. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  7. Resident Evil 5
  8. Left 4 Dead
  9. 3DMark 06 Professional
  10. 3DMark Vantage



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look: (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Closer Look: (Catalyst Control Panel)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Far Cry 2
  8. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  11. Testing: Warhammer 40000 Dawn of War II
  12. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  13. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  14. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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