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MSI HD R5770 Hawk Review

Price: $179.99


MSI has been a manufacturer in the motherboard and graphics card industry for some time now and throughout those years they have managed to produce products that are built with a high degree of quality. Keeping in line with this tradition, MSI is releasing the HD R5770 Hawk graphics card, which is based on the ATI Radeon HD 5770 GPU. This new card comes with top-of-the-line military class components, a 7+1 phase unit and a Twin Frozr II GPU cooler. If any of these features sound familiar, it's because many of these high-end components found on the Hawk series were introduced with MSI's Lightning series of graphics cards that hit store shelves last year. The Lighting series used the same military class components and cooling solution, making it highly regarded in the enthusiast market. The only problem with the Lightning series though, was that all the cards released in the series were based on high-end NVIDIA graphics cards, which left ATI out in the cold. With that no longer being the case, the migration of these features to ATI's graphics cards is very welcome.  With such high quality components on a card that has already proven itself to be a great overclocker, it really increases its chance to surpass other graphics cards built on the same core. Add to this though, the ability to adjust the GPU voltage from stock levels up to 1.35V with the use of a on-board voltage regulator and MSI's Afterburner overclocking tool could make this a HD 5770 that can go further than any other before it.

Closer Look:

The MSI HD R5770 Hawk comes packaged in a rather large box with an image of the F-117 stealth attack aircraft surrounded by lightning on the front. This image gives a sense of power, stealth, and quality which are all used to represent the HD 5770 that is housed in the packaging. Above the aircraft, there is a list some of ATI's signature technologies and below it you will find the graphics cards memory size, included ports, and DX 11 support. The back panel of the packaging has a list of features and system requirements for the graphics card as well as some other general information about the HD R5770 Hawk and MSI. The front and back panels have a good amount of information about the card, but the real bulk of information is found when you open flap on the front of the box. Under this flap, MSI provides information about the Twin Frozr II Thermal design in use on the card, as well as all of the high quality parts that are used to reduce the system temperature and add extra stability.









With the outer packaging off, you can see that the HD R5770 Hawk is very securely packaged, which should prevent any damage to the card during its time in transit. This inner packaging comes with a large Styrofoam insert that fits nicely into the box and has two cutouts in it. The first cutout is where the graphics card fits and directly below that you will find a smaller rectangular cutout that holds the included accessories that come with the card. The driver disk and installation guides for the card are found under the Styrofoam insert, which is easily removed to allow access to these items.



The graphics card comes wrapped in a anti-static bag that will prevent any electrostatic discharge damage during shipping. The included accessories that come with the MSI HD R5770 Hawk are a DVI to D-sub adapter, a 6-pin power connector, Driver CD, Quick user’s Guide, manual, and V-Check points. The V-check point cable will allow users with a Multimeter to check both the GPU and memory voltage values.



With our look at the packaging and included accessories covered, we can now move on and get a good look at the MSI HD R5770 Hawk.

  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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