|MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Wednesday, 18 May 2011|
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MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Final Thoughts
I am overall very impressed with the performance of the MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk, in most tests it was able to better a stock HD6950 and an overclocked HD6950 where a stock NVIDIA GTX 560Ti would not be able to. MSI really know how to build a great video card and our results have proved this today, this card is certainly worthy of the HAWK moniker and my only hope is that further experimentation will yield better overclocking results.
The Twin Frozr III is essentially the same as the Twin Frozr II. The main differences between the two are; 1) Improved 'Propeller Blade' fans, 2) MSI's 'Form-in-one' heatsink covering all of the memory and power circuitry, and 3) An improved shroud design that not only enhances the aesthetic qualities of the cooler, but also covers the aluminum fin array much better. These enhancements culminate to make the overclocked GTX 560Ti Hawk run cooler than a GTX 560Ti with a reference design cooler when under load.
MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Conclusion
Important: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk Video Card a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar video card that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
The graphics performance of the MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk is way above standard, sure other GTX 560Ti cards may be able to reach this core clock but the Hawk does it out of the box. In seven out of our ten tests the 560Ti Hawk manages to beat not only a stock speed HD6950 but also an overclocked variant of the HD6950, this is something a reference design GTX 560Ti is unable to achieve.
The appearance of the MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk is, as I'm sure you will agree, very nice indeed. The side view is given extra attention thanks to the anti-warp edge support and shroud design that provide both function and aesthetics. These additions are relatively simple but it makes all the difference once you install the card into your system. There are some that will surely disagree but thanks to the graphic nature of this review you can easily make your mind up for yourself. One thing is for sure, the Twin Frozr III design really makes the Twin Frozr II look ugly.
Construction is excellent as you would expect from a company with a good reputation like MSI, there were some slightly missed areas during the cleaning process but it is nothing major as it only hurts the aesthetics and not the performance. Taking the card to pieces and reconstructing it was a breeze and everything lined up perfectly, the Twin Frozr III cooler is solid and really adds some weight. This gives the feel of confidence when handling the card that you won't break it.
Functionality is very good, I can't help but keep singing praise for the Twin Frozr III cooler, it really is so good. The MSI Afterburner and Kombustor utilities are very handy when it comes to overclocking and stress testing your video card. The bundled APS (Auto Phase Switching) utility should help reduce power consumption by disabling power phases when they are not needed, I would have prefered if it would run without confirmation after every boot but it only takes 2 clicks to enable it. The V-Check points and the fan profile switch add a whole new level of functionality to the GTX 560Ti and will give enthusiasts something extra to play with.
The MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk video card is available now for $264.99 at NewEgg.com at this price point it is only a small premium over the average price of $249.99 for a standard GTX 560Ti. Throughout our tests the price/performance ratio is very appealing indeed, but the GTX460 has come down in price recently and still offers excellent overall cost/performance. The very high factory overclock and quality cooler design are this cards main selling point.
+ Twin Frozr III cooler is excellent
- Hot air from GPU exhausted into case
Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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