MSI's R6870 Hawk Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by petervandamned @ 2011-10-17

In this review we take a closer look at this AMD based HD6870 video card. Sporting a non reference design PCB and a specially built Twin Frozr III Cooler. For extra and stable power the 8+2 Phase VRM design make this Hawk card stands out from the 6870 cards. MSI provides this card with a dual speed fan switch. Retaling at a price around € 180, it's not even that more expensive regarding reference HD6870's. Interestingly enough the MSI 6870 Hawk can be found cheaper then some competitors versions.

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What's more in the box and a first quick look


The box comes with loads of information about this product and a nice window. But let's open it and take out the card. Besides the actual card what's included  ?

First of all the DVD with drivers tools and manual and some accessories:


one mini display cable:



So we can measure the volts on memory GPU and VDDCI with provided cables:



Really god job there MSI for the enthousiast crowd !


What else can we see in a quick look. One small switch for Performance mode and silent fan mode:



The new twin frozr III cooler fans slightly stick out side the housing! For better cooling:



On the back there we find a small switch. What does this do? Well for extreme overclocking you can unlock the OCP (Over Current Protection) from 310A to 390A. If you don't know what this means? Stick with me on this review and we will show you.



Above the OCP switches we see the leds on control for the VRMs. Before meeting the other components first remove the massive cooler and see what underneath it  ->



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