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MSI N460GTX Hawk Review

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Featuring all-new game tests, this benchmark is for use with Vista based systems. "There are two all-new CPU tests that have been designed around a new 'Physics and Artificial Intelligence-related computation.' CPU test two offers support for physics related hardware." There are four preset levels that correspond to specific resolutions. 'Entry' is 1024 x 768 progressing to 'Extreme' at 1920 x 1200. Of course, each preset can be modified to arrange any number of user designed testing. For our testing, I will use the four presets at all default settings.



  • Settings (each preset): Default Testing
  • Entry: 1024 x 768
  • Performance: 1280 x 1024
  • High: 1680 x 1050
  • Extreme: 1920 x 1200

















Higher = Better


In 3DMark Vantage, the N460GTX is more than a match for the HD 6850 but falls short of the HD 6870. When overclocked though, the MSI 460 ups the ante and brings on the performance to a level above the HD 6870 in three out of the four tests. The test where it does not beat the HD 6870 still finds the scores are close enough that there really is no performance difference.

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