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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

DX10: 3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 graphics card performance. FutureMark 3DMark Vantage is the latest addition the 3DMark benchmark series built by FutureMark corporation. Although 3DMark Vantage requires NVIDIA PhysX to be installed for program operation, only the CPU/Physics test relies on this technology.

3DMark Vantage offers benchmark tests focusing on GPU, CPU, and Physics performance. Benchmark Reviews uses the two GPU-specific tests for grading video card performance: Jane Nash and New Calico. These tests isolate graphical performance, and remove processor dependence from the benchmark results.

  • 3DMark Vantage v1.02
    • Extreme Settings: (Extreme Quality, 8x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, 16x Anisotropic Filtering, 1:2 Scale)

3DMark Vantage GPU Test: Jane Nash

Of the two GPU tests 3DMark Vantage offers, the Jane Nash performance benchmark is slightly less demanding. In a short video scene the special agent escapes a secret lair by water, nearly losing her shirt in the process. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. By maximizing the processing levels of this test, the scene creates the highest level of graphical demand possible and sorts the strong from the weak.

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Cost Analysis: Jane Nash (1680x1050)

  • $154.99 MSI GeForce GTX550-Ti costs $7.73 per FPS
  • $169.99 Radeon HD6850 costs $7.07 per FPS
  • $185.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $6.90 per FPS
  • $199.99 Radeon HD6870 costs $6.61 per FPS
  • $249.99 GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $7.21per FPS
  • $249.99 Radeon HD6950 costs $6.63 per FPS
  • $264.99 MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $6.70 per FPS
  • $299.99 MSI HD6950 TwinFrozr III PE/OC costs $7.50 per FPS
  • Test Summary: For one priceless moment, in the whole history of man... all of the results scale appropriately, as one would expect when looking at the stats of the video card line-up. However, due to different aspects that go into game making processes, you will see very varied results throughout this performance analysis. The MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk increases it's worth over the stock 560Ti by $0.50 per FPS and matches the HD6870 and HD6950 for value.

    3DMark Vantage GPU Test: New Calico

    New Calico is the second GPU test in the 3DMark Vantage test suite. Of the two GPU tests, New Calico is the most demanding. In a short video scene featuring a galactic battleground, there is a massive display of busy objects across the screen. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX-10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 resolutions, and uses Extreme quality settings with 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows. Using the highest graphics processing level available allows our test products to separate themselves and stand out (if possible).

    New_Calico.jpg

    Cost Analysis: New Calico (1680x1050)

  • $154.99 MSI GeForce GTX550-Ti costs $8.72 per FPS
  • $169.99 Radeon HD6850 costs $9.43 per FPS
  • $185.99 GeForce GTX 460 costs $7.96 per FPS
  • $199.99 Radeon HD6870 costs $8.90 per FPS
  • $249.99 GeForce GTX 560Ti costs $8.46 per FPS
  • $249.99 Radeon HD6950 costs $9.09 per FPS
  • $264.99 MSI GeForce GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $7.74 per FPS
  • $299.99 MSI HD6950 TwinFrozr III PE/OC costs $10.33 per FPS
  • Test Summary: The tables have turned in the New Calico Vantage test, here the results show that the FERMI architecture is the more advanced. The performance gap is minimal across the board though, with the MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk beating the MSI 6950 TF3 PE/OC card by 3~5 FPS. Once again the Hawk shows that it offers great value when we analyse the cost per FPS results.

    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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