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MSI GTX 760 HAWK

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Posted August 7, 2013 by Jake in Video Cards

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Price at time of Review: $299
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Sleek styling; Excellent performance; Military Class components; Low temperature potential; Low noise levels; Jaw-dropping overclocking
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The MSI GTX 760 HAWK is one of the best in class, showcasing an excellent combination of sleek styling, innovative features, top quality, and outstanding performance.
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Kepler: The Return

First off, a bit of background about Nvidia’s Kepler and current lineup releases for those who may be living under a rock and unfamiliar.

When Nvidia’s Kepler GTX GeForce 680 launched amidst much hype and fanfare, it was a revolutionary step forward from the days of Fermi. The changes and advances were significant in just about every facet, and the popularity of Kepler is a testament to its own success. So where to go from there? Moving forward, the 700 series was the next natural step for Nvidia, but the advances are more modest; it’s now evolutionary, a stepping stone ahead, and not quite the giant leap we saw when Kepler launched.

So, how did we get here? After the 600 series lineup had matured, we saw the launch of Nvidia’s GTX Titan. Turns out that Titan was the answer to our collective and confused “Why?” as far as Nvidia’s product lineup goes, but it seems we didn’t know it at the time. In hindsight, it now makes sense because the GeForce GTX 780 was more of an improvement and refinement of Titan, not the GTX 680.

Then came the GTX 770, a bit further down the performance and price ladder, and then we finally saw the GTX 760, striving for the mid-range performance crown. Interestingly, Nvidia has informed us the GTX 760 is the last in the GeForce lineup for this generation, creating a mixture of 700 series cards at the top end, and 600 series cards at the budget end of the lineup. So don’t expect any secret releases in the Fall 2013 leading up to Christmas, contrary to what you may have heard in the rumor mill.

As for the chip architecture of the GTX 760, the CUDA cores sit at 1152, from 6 SMX units, while the GTX 760 also provides 2GB of GDDR5 in a 256-bit bus. The core clock speed is 980MHz Base Clock. The GPU Boost clock is 1033MHz, but remember, this is the minimum you can expect to achieve; higher speeds are absolutely possible as discussed earlier. The memory, meanwhile, runs at 1502MHz effective speeds. Peak bandwidth is 192.3GB/sec.

Here’s an image that shows a bit more detail on the particulars:

As you can see, the MSI GTX 760 HAWK comes with a factory overclock of 1111MHz on the Core, while most other specs remain the same as the reference. However, that only tells part of the story though, so let’s continue on with a discussion about GPU Boost 2.0 to delve a bit deeper and find out what this card is capable of doing.

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6 Comments


  1.  
    br

    try play crysis 3 with that overclock, it will explode




    •  

      Perhaps. You could run the fan at 100% full time. However, as we often mention: overclocks will vary, and always be sure the OC runs “stable”. What constitutes “stable” can be debated certainly, and some people prefer a bit of instability, some prefer stable at particular temperatures, and some prefer suicide runs for benching. Neither is wrong, just depends on your preferences.

      But if you have excellent cooling in your case and run the GPU fans at full tilt, you could push this card very hard. That said, I’d recommend backing down the clocks slightly and sacrifice 1 or 2 FPS at most, in order to ensure full stability and better temperatures.

      Thanks for stopping by.




  2.  
    Jovica

    So, its safe to say this is better card than Asus version?




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      I’d say yes. There are minor differences, but based on our past history with testing both MSI and ASUS cards, the MSI card will be less bulky and a bit quieter. Overclocking ability might vary, though both are certainly very capable.




  3.  
    Ede

    Gigabyte GTX 760 WINDFORCE x MSI GTX 760 HAWK???





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