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Inno3D GTX 470 Hawk Review



Testing of the Inno3D GTX 470 Hawk  will consist of running the card through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of equal and greater capabilities to show where it falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles to give you an idea on how the cards perform relative to each other. The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing with the exception of the 3DMark Vantage testing where PhysX will be disabled in the Nvidia control panel. I will test the card at stock speeds, then overclocked in order to see how much additional performance is available and to determine if it can run with the current fastest single GPU cards on the market.  The drivers used in this test will be the 10.4 Catalyst drivers for ATI and 197.45 Forceware drivers from Nvidia. Tests will be conducted at both stock and overclocked settings to gauge performance when an increase in clock speed is applied.


Comparison Video Cards:



Overclocked settings:

  • Inno3D GTX 470 Hawk  1524/1751Mhz

After figuring out the way to clock this card based on the lessons learned when I looked at the GTX 480, there really are only two clock speeds to work with as the shader and core clock domains are locked together. So you increase the shader clock and the core clock follows at half the speed of the shader clock. The best numbers with this card were not the most stable, but maxing the clock speed set in the cards BIOS of 790Mhz (1580Mhz) on the core was possible for some light 3D benching, but nothing more. The highest clock speed that was stable enough to be used for gaming was 762Mhz on the core (1524Mhz). This amounts to an increase of (156Mhz), or just under 26% on the core/shader clocks. The memory on the other hand, was a bit more stingy with only a 40Mhz improvement. This was actually a big disappointment, considering the big gains seen on the core/shader clocks. But you can't have your cake and eat it too.


Maximum Clock Speeds:

Each card has been tested for its maximum stable clock speeds using MSI's Kombuster utility. So far my testing has shown that higher clock speeds may be stable in games where GPU usage does not reach 100%, but will crash within a few minutes using this utility. The reported clock speeds are those that proved stable over a 15 minute test at 1920x1200 8x AA.



  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Metro 2033
  3. Crysis Warhead
  4. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  5. Darkest of Days
  6. Bioshock 2
  7. Just Cause 2
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0
  9. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  10. Resident Evil 5
  11. 3DMark 06 Professional
  12. 3DMark Vantage
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup, Overclocking
  5. Testing: Far Cry 2
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Bioshock 2
  11. Testing: Just Cause 2
  12. Testing: Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Testing: Temperature
  18. Testing: Power Consumption
  19. Conclusion
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