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MSI N460GTX Hawk Review



Direct X
DirectX 11
Processor Cores
336 Cores
Memory Amount
Memory Interface
256 bit
Graphics Clock
Processor Clock
Memory Clock
Video Support



Triple Over Voltage

  • N460GTX Hawk is the world’s first graphics card which supports voltage adjustment of GPU, Memory and PLL!

Twin Frozr II Thermal Design -18℃ Cooler and 8.1 dB Quieter!!

  • Dual 8CM PWM Fans : Air flow from dual fans can cool down GPU/Memory/Power Module at once.
  • Four heat pipes with SuperPipe Technology
  • Nickel-plated Copper Base :  Large size of Copper Base can dissipate the heat of GPU faster.

7+1 Phase PWM Design

  • Higher current to GPU Power
  • Higher overclocking capability
  • Better stability in peak load

Military Class Components 

  • Hi-C Cap provides more precise GPU voltage.
  • SFC (Super Ferrite Choke) : 30% Higher Current Capacity,  10% Power Efficiency Improvement.
  • All Solid CAP for longer lifespan.

APS (Active Phase Switching)& V-Check Points

  • APS (Active Phase Switch) helps save power usage by controlling PWM automatically.
  •  V-Check Points allow users to read voltage directly by multi-meter.


  • Co-development by MSI and Rivatuner, MSI releases the ultimate graphics card utility “Afterburner”. This utility enables all MSI graphics cards users to boost performance and to monitor all kinds of critical information in real-time. Afterburner is a completely free utility which is compatible with almost all MSI graphics cards.

DirectX 11

  • The first fully Microsoft DirectX® 11-compatible GPUs in their class, the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series are designed to deliver unbelievable HD gaming performance for the latest games and DirectX® 11 applications so you can dominate the competition.

HDMI + DVI Output

  • HDMI and DVI are the most comprehensive used interfaces for high definition video display. MSI adopts two interfaces to provide a complete output solution for users to enjoy the latest HD video such as blu-ray movie.

MSI Live Update 4

  • MSI Live Update 4 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.

V-Check Points

  • Bulit-in Voltagemeasurement points on graphics card or mainboard. No need to read hard and long datasheet to find the voltage reading points.‧Get accurate voltage of GPU and Memory on the fly. ‧Additional cables hold multimeter probes.

MSI Solid Capacitor Graphic Cards

  • MSI Graphics Card products utilities high quality solid capacitor. For the gamers and high-end users, this feature not only means that product has better quality components within, but also provide much stronger support while users want to engage in hard-core tuning.

MSI Advanced Live Update Online

  • MSI Live Update online is designed to automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when there’s a new version online. It helps reduce the risk of getting the wrong file and minimize the trouble of searching the files from MSI website.

HDMI convertible output

  • Dual-link DVI convertible output supports Video/Audio signal integration through DVI to HDMI interface, which drivers resolution of a digital display up to 1920x1200 or higher.

HDMI Support

  • MSI graphics cards offer the HDMI functionality to provide access to premium digital content. HDMI enables gaming enthusiasts to seamlessly connect to their LCD monitor to bring the ultimate multimedia experience. (Only 1 single HDMI cable is required while streaming audio/video data to flat-panel display devices, such as Plasma/LCD TVs, or projector.)

HDCP Support

  • The HDCP provides a robust, cost-effective and transparent method for transmitting and receiving digital entertainment similar to DVI/HDMI-compliant digital displays. HDCP encrypts the date transmitted between the DVI/HDMI connector on the graphics adapter and the display.

Blu-ray and HD DVD Support

  • Both support the latest specifications of Blu-ray and HD DVD(High Definition DVD). It comes with the latest GPU and DDRIII superior processing performance in which users can easily enjoy the high-definition video of 1920x1080(1080p/i).

NVIDIA SLI Technology

  • Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single GPU configuration for unequaled gaming experiences by allowing two cards to run in parallel. The must-have feature for performance PCI Express graphics, SLI technology dramatically scales performance on today's hottest games.

NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology

  • Blu-ray and HD DVD movies are bringing a new level of movie-viewing experience; with high-definition image quality far surpassing standard-definition DVDs. NVIDIA PureVideo™ HD2 technology provides unsurpassed Blu-ray and HD DVD movie picture quality.

Meet RoHS regulations

  • MSI products are the first to be in conformity of the EU’s RoHS(Restriction of Hazardous Substances) regulations, reducing heavy metals and toxic materials in the products. This is an effort made for the Earth, and essentially for a clean future.


  • PhysX™ is designed specifically for hardware acceleration by powerful processors with hundreds of cores. Combined with the tremendous parallel processing capability of the GPU, PhysX™ will provide an exponential increase in physics processing power and will take gaming to a new level delivering rich, immersive physical gaming environments with features such as:

        * Explosions that cause dust and collateral debris
        * Characters with complex, jointed geometries for more life-like motion and interaction
        * Spectacular new weapons with incredible effects
        * Cloth that drapes and tears naturally
        * Dense smoke & fog that billow around objects in motion

NVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology

  • NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology is the world’s only C language environment that enables programmers and developers to write software to solve complex computational problems in a fraction of the time by tapping into the many-core parallel processing power of GPUs. With millions of CUDA™-capable GPUs already deployed, thousands of software programmers are already using the free CUDA™ software tools to accelerate applications—from video and audio encoding to oil and gas exploration, product design, medical imaging, and scientific research.




All information courtesy of MSI @ http://us.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=130&cat2_no=136&prod_no=2035

  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: Just Cause 2
  10. Testing: Unigine 2.1
  11. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  12. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  13. Testing: 3DMark 06
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion
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