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Written by Hank Tolman   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI Radeon HD 7870 Hawk 2GB Video Card
Closer Look: MSI R7870 Hawk
MSI R7870 Hawk Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
VGA Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX9 SSAO: Mafia II
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: 3DMark 11
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: DIRT 2 Demo
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.5
MSI R7870 Hawk Temperatures and Power Consumption
MSI R7870 Hawk Overclocking
MSI R7870 Hawk Conclusion

MSI Radeon HD 7870 Hawk Video Card Review

Manufacturer: Micro-Star International Co. LTD
Product Name: Radeon HD R7870 Hawk 2GB Video Card
Model Number: R7870 HAWK
Price As Tested: $379.99 (Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by MSI.

AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series is out in full force now and even with the NVIDIA 600 series launching, it's still getting a lot of attention. As is typical with video card releases, manufacturers like to make their own designs and subtle changes and release various different cards based off of the same GPU. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we've received the MSI Radeon HD R7870 Hawk video card and we are prepared to put it to the test. With an unlocked BIOS and a digital PWM, the MSI R7870 Hawk begs to be overclocked. Let's find out just how fast it can go.

The Radeon HD 7800 series of video cards sports the Pitcairn GPU a scaled down version of the Tahiti GPU found in the HD 7900 series. Of course, with the scaled down GPU comes a scaled down price as well, making the HD 7800 cards a little easier on the wallet than their big brothers. The full-scaled Pitcairn GPU found in the Radeon HD 7870 cards comes equipped with 1280 Shader Units, 32 Raster Operations, about 2.8 billion Transistors, and 2GB of RAM. The GPU core is clocked at 1000 MHz and the Memory is clocked at 1200 MHz.


The MSI R7870 Hawk takes things just a little further, but doesn't change too much. It comes overclocked from the factory at 1100 MHz on the core clock. The Memory clock stays the same at 1200 MHz. The real value in the MSI R7870 Hawk, though, comes in the form of added features that enhance the card's ability to be overclocked and pushed to the limit. Follow us along inside to find out more about the R7870 Hawk's special features and to see just what they do for this card.


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