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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The Military class officer completed

Stand in line and prepare for battle:

MSI P67A-GD65 

Intel i5 2500k 

Noctua nh-d14

Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division Viper 2 Edition DDR3 4GB 2133MHz Enhanced Latency Kit

Intel SSD 320 80GB 

Load the guns and let's fire !


Installing a fresh Windows 7 Ultimate 64bits doesn't take that long on the SSD. AMD's Catalyst 11.8 was used for this test. MSI's Afterburner software for some more control and monitoring purposes was installed too.

The CPu was overclcoked at a medium overclock of 4000 Mhz, with mem speeds at 1600Mhz at 9-9-9-27 :




We didn't alter the speeds of the videocard yet! First up straight out the box in the test system.

Let see what this 6870 Hawk from MSI has on offer !



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