- Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
- Core Clock: 1111MHz
- Memory Size: 2048MB GDDR5
- Overclocked out of the box
- Twin FROZR IV Cooler
- Silent and Cool
Valiant Bird Of Prey
In its vanilla variant, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 is already quite a competent graphics card as it provides consumers with good peformance at a slightly lower price point. However, most consumers will often opt for a card from NVIDIA’s partners such as MSI who not only give it a slight makeover but also nifty upgrades.
MSI’s GeForce GTX 760 HAWK bears the yellow and black colour scheme which means that it is actually designed for overclockers. Despite that fact, this card actually has enough performance to keep even the most discerning gamer happy. Seeing as it is designed for high performance, MSI have given the GTX 760 the Twin Frozr IV Advanced makeover to ensure it remains cool even after long hours of operation. The dual 10cm PWM fans were also pleasantly quiet. During our test period, after benchmarking and gaming sessions, we found the card just slightly warm to the touch.
Much like the other latest MSI components, the GTX 760 HAWK also uses Military Class 4 components such as Copper MOS, Hi-c capacitors, Dark Solid capacitors and also an enhanced power design that gives the card amazing overclocking capabilities. Other features include Twin BIOS, V-Check Points and Triple Overvoltage.
For most users, right out of the box, this card will actually be powerful enough to run almost all of the latest games as it has been factory overclocked to 1111MHz, a 131MHz jump from the default core clock speed. Also thanks to NVIDIA’s GPU Boost technology, it can easily hit 1176MHz. But for the more serious overclocker, we are quite sure there is still a little more headroom.
As we mentioned before, this card is actually already quite good the way it is. It produced good results in our standard suite of benchmarks and we could even play games such as Crysis 3 and Batman: Arkham City without any problems, of course we had to tone down the settings a little for it to run perfectly.
CHIP CONCLUDE: While it may be targeted at the overclocking demographic, the MSI GTX 760 HAWK is actually a really good graphics card that has what it takes to make most users happy especially those who really don’t want to go through the process overclocking.
(previously published in issue September 2013)