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MSI GTX 460 HAWK 1 GB

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MSI's GTX 460 HAWK is the flagship GeForce GTX 460 from MSI. It comes with a quiet Twin Frozr II cooler, 1 GB of memory and 781 MHz core clock out of the box. MSI has also expanded on the voltmodding capability of the card which supports software control for three voltages.

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W1zzard, any word on when youll be doing the GTX 460 1GB from Gigabyte ?
alot of people have been buying it off from newegg.com and i believe its the card
that has the most reviews right now avaliable.

only reason i ask is because i would like to see the max overclock stable, and max overclock on voltage settings?
 

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Awwww, no VRM and no RAM cooling? Great cooler and review, pass on the card :(
 
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Is the Cyclone missing VRM and RAM cooling?
 
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How come in the game benchmarks don't have GTA IV ?!
 

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Is the Cyclone missing VRM and RAM cooling?
Yes, the only cooling comes from the fan on the card. I was hoping the Frozr (with its Premium price) would have RAM and VRM cooling. I guess I could always add some myself..
 
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Very good review. I like this card, twin frozr cooler looks pretty good, but I always end up buying cards for 200 us$ or less.-
 
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Am I fair to summarize it this way - its dead even with a stock HD 5850, won't be any faster when both are OC'd to their maximum, costs about $20-$30 less than a stock HD 5850 and uses about 40W more power at load?
 
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That seems like a really nice card. I would like one... :)

Also, nice review. I love how I can compare noise and energy consumption. Keep up the good work!
 

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I've been waiting for this card for a while. Low temps + better OC-ability + low noise = SWEET. But there is never a good time to be out of funds. :shadedshu
 
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An interesting fact is that it some games perform worse then the 768 MB Cyclone. See below
 

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Strange, though no two benchmark runs are ever the same, I just noticed lower FPS on other cards in the 2nd pic. HD5870 loses 10fps, while GTX480 loses 14fps :confused:
 

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Maybe it has to do with the different drivers used during each test?
 

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Wiz, there might be some out of date copy+paste text in there. You may need to update your review templates:

While the graphics of Clear Sky are based on the first Stalker game engine, there are numerous improvements, including support for DirectX10 and depth-of-field/volumetric effects. The 0.0 FPS scores for NVIDIA cards at 2560x1600 are caused by driver crashes which seem to be related to card with 512 MB memory and below.
 

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An interesting fact is that it some games perform worse then the 768 MB Cyclone.
explanation is below the specs table

Wiz, there might be some out of date copy+paste text in there. You may need to update your review templates:
this review doesnt include 512 mb nvidia cards, other reviews do
 

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An interesting fact is that it some games perform worse then the 768 MB Cyclone. See below
If you look closely, you can see that all the cards on the right have lower fps. Take the 5850 for example. So you can't compare those two reviews/benchmarks directly.
 
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explanation is below the specs table
Didn't see any explanation but as stated below it is a general problem for that particular game/bench.

If you look closely, you can see that all the cards on the right have lower fps. Take the 5850 for example. So you can't compare those two reviews/benchmarks directly.
 

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Almost same setup, except for drivers and HDD used. Didn't see the small note under the test system thing :banghead:
 
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Great review, just one small thing - the pic on the box is a F117A stealth fighter not stealth bomber (Northrop B2).
 

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Hey W1zz, Digg links are still not working.

Oreviously, clicking hte box in your post would pop up a window, and I could log into digg to submit. now the button changes when I click it, but no popup.

I am not logged into DIGG.
 

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Great review, just one small thing - the pic on the box is a F117A stealth fighter not stealth bomber (Northrop B2).
the f117a is a ground attack aircraft and definitely not a fighter plane. for some reason airforce picked F over the A designation which would be appropriate for this kind of plane
 
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All I'm saying is The 'stealth fighter' is the nickname for the F117A whereas the 'stealth bomber' is the nickname for another aircraft.

Stealth Bomber
 
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W1zzard, any word on when youll be doing the GTX 460 1GB from Gigabyte ?
alot of people have been buying it off from newegg.com and i believe its the card
that has the most reviews right now avaliable.

only reason i ask is because i would like to see the max overclock stable, and max overclock on voltage settings?
Any reply on this, please ?
 
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