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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Video Card
Closer Look: MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk
MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Details
Features and Specifications
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.2 has been optimized for DX11 enabled GPUs and has a number of enhancements to not only improve performance with DX11 enabled GPUs, but also greatly improve the visual experience while taking to the skies. The game uses a hardware terrain tessellation method that allows a high number of detailed triangles to be rendered entirely on the GPU when near the terrain in question. This allows for a very low memory footprint and relies on the GPU power alone to expand the low resolution data to highly realistic detail.

The Tom Clancy's HAWX2 benchmark uses normal game content in the same conditions a player will find in the game, and allows users to evaluate the enhanced visuals that DirectX-11 tessellation adds into the game. The Tom Clancy's HAWX2 benchmark is built from exactly the same source code that's included with the retail version of the game. HAWX2's tessellation scheme uses a metric based on the length in pixels of the triangle edges. This value is currently set to 6 pixels per triangle edge, which provides an average triangle size of 18 pixels.

The end result is perhaps the best tessellation implementation seen in a game yet, providing a dramatic improvement in image quality over the non-tessellated case, and running at playable frame rates across a wide range of graphics hardware.

  • Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 Benchmark 1.0.4
    • Extreme Settings: (Maximum Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, DX11 Terrain Tessellation)

HAWX_2.jpg

Cost Analysis: HAWX 2 (1680x1050)

  • $154.99 MSI GeForce GTX550-Ti costs $2.03 per FPS
  • $169.99 Radeon HD6850 costs $2.29 per FPS
  • $185.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $2.16 per FPS
  • $199.99 Radeon HD6870 costs $2.59 per FPS
  • $249.99 GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $2.27 per FPS
  • $249.99 Radeon HD6950 costs $3.01 per FPS
  • $264.99 MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $2.13 per FPS
  • $299.99 MSI HD6950 TwinFrozr III PE/OC costs $3.48 per FPS
  • Test Summary: HAWX 2 is a strange game in that you need to look very close to see the difference in quality settings, the main difference is in the terrain but this is easily overlooked as you are busy fighting with the controls just to fly in a straight line. The GTX 560Ti pummels on all of the video cards in this line up, beating them in both FPS performance and price per FPS, but all of the other cards also deliver excellent frame rates. The landscapes are beautifully rendered making the game scenery pleasurable, now I just need to master the controls.

    Graphics Card GeForce
    GTX550-Ti (OC)
    Radeon
    HD6850
    GeForce
    GTX460 (OC)
    Radeon
    HD6870
    GeForce
    GTX 560Ti
    Radeon
    HD6950
    MSI GeForce
    GTX 560Ti Hawk
    MSI Radeon
    HD6950 TF III
    GPU Cores 192 960 336 1120 384 1408 384 1408
    Core Clock (MHz) 950 775 715 900 822 800 950 850
    Shader Clock (MHz) 1900 N/A 1430 N/A 1645 N/A 1900 N/A
    Memory Clock (MHz) 1075 1000 900 1050 1002 1250 1050 1300
    Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit



     

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    # Congrats!Austin Downing 2011-05-19 18:16
    Congrats on getting quoted by MSI!
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    # RE: Congrats!Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-05-20 23:40
    Thanks Austin, it's nice when your work is appreciated isn't it :D
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    # RE: RE: Congrats!Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-05-23 23:55
    MSI liked this article so much that they posted it twice on their Facebook :P
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    # re:MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Video CardPinakio 2011-05-21 16:12
    I've got two questions Steven, first- are those nickel plated copper heatpipes or aluminum ones? Next, you probably have reviewed MSI's Twin-frozrII series of cards in past, do you consider this Twin-frozrIII/Hawk to be a real upgrade on what already is a very good cooling solution? I mean is it worth the extra $$? Regards.

    * Not to mention a fine effort again from you guys:)
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    # RE: re:MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Video CardSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-05-22 04:22
    Thanks for the positive comment, Pinaio.
    1)They are nickel plated copper heatpipes.
    2)I have not actually reviewed a video card with the twin frozr II, but if you look at Bruce Norman's review of the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II here at BmR #benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=689&Itemid=72&limit=1&limitstart=1 you will see they are essentially the same cooler with a different shroud and different fans (as I described in my final thoughts). The extra $$ is not necessarily just for the cooler but the different features the Hawk card has over the Twin Frozr II card.

    Hope this helps.
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    # RE: RE: re:MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Video CardPinakio 2011-05-22 22:19
    Thank you for the explanation:) Yes, after looking carefully through the feature set, it's obvious that the 'Hawks' are more aggressive in terms of factory OC and overvolting plus there is the so called 'propeller' fan. Anyway looking fwd for more reviews.
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    # MSI 560 HAWKgangsta072 2011-05-23 03:47
    Would buy that adapter just because of the looks :D
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    # PiccoloAviral 2011-05-30 07:55
    Hi Steven, I just purchased this card and it does performs brilliantly! However, I cant manage to make it reduce its PWM phase usage (all LEDs are always lit) and I cant even obtain this app that you speak of.. How to go about this?
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    # RE: PiccoloSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-05-30 13:41
    Insert your driver and utility dvd and click on the afterburner icon. You will see a button at the bottom called 'N560GTX-Ti Hawk APS'

    Hope this helps.
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    # RE: RE: PiccoloAviral 2011-05-30 21:16
    Thanks a ton.. works like a charm!!
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    # RE: Piccologangsta072 2011-05-31 06:33
    not necessary - leave it as it is
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    # Great reviewChris 2011-08-03 22:15
    After doing a lot of research, I decided to buy this card. It seems like the 560Ti to beat performance-wise. Will report back when it arrives.

    MSI's bizarre marketing aside, the cooler seems to be the best custom air cooler on the market right now.
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    # guideAlireza 2011-10-03 12:18
    Hi Steven;
    I've got a pretty hard to answer question!! I'm totally confused to buy this card (MSI N560 GTX Ti hawk)or ATI HD 6950 2GB reference version and flash it to HD 6970 2GB which is quit stronger than this card.But I don't know anything about the risks of this flashing process and consequences. The price of this card (MSI) is about 30$ cheaper than 2GB version of 6950 in our country. But XFX version of 6950 2gb has the same price as the MSI card has.What do you say Steven? (power consumption of this card is higher than HD 6950)
    Thank you very much.
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    # RE: guideSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-10-03 12:37
    Good question Alireza, one that I can only answer in part though.

    Buying a reference 6950 to flash to a 6970 is a risky choice. First you must find a compatible BIOS and then of course you have to flash it.

    If the flash goes wrong or you use an incompatible BIOS you will only see a blank screen next time you boot, some 6950's have dual BIOS switch to overcome this issue but some don't. If the flash does not work out you will have to install another card in slot one and the failed flash card in slot 2 and use the -i function of atiflash to detect the correct GPU to and reflash the BIOS to the correct card.

    For example where the failed GPU is in slot 2 the command "atiflash -i" would list any installed GPU's starting with 0 upwards, the second card would typically be 1. The command to reflash that would be "atiflash -r -f 1 biosname.bin"

    While the GTX560Ti HAWK has higher power consumption, my testing shows that it is better than the 6950 2gb at the tested resolutions in most tests.

    If you do manage to flash a HD6950 to a HD6970 you would see a big rise in power consumption and heat production but obviously you would get much better FPS.

    What are your thoughts?
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    # RE: RE: guideDavid Ramsey 2011-10-03 13:01
    I have seen several 6550s that won't flash to 6970 at all (like the one I have). This probably means AMD now has dedicated 6950 dies. Or something.

    The one 6950 I've played with that would flash to 6970 would always crash under heavy load, probably because it only had a single 6-pin power connector, rather than the dual 6-pin power connectors a "real" 6970 has.

    Bottom line: if you can flash your 6950 to a 6970 and it runs well, great, but don't buy any 6950 expecting to be able to do this.
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    # power suply?darky 2012-01-17 16:10
    i plan to buy FSP - 750 Watt Aurum GOLD ATX 12V V2.3 80+ Gold
    no i see it have only 18 Amps available per lane (12x18=216w)
    you think is possible to use it or ill better start looking for a single lane ( CM Silent Pro M850)
    thanks in advance for reply
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    # RE: power suply?Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-01-18 16:36
    Look into the Corsair TX or HX series, 750 is plenty powerful for just one GPU.
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