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MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK 2 GB Review

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The Card

MSI's Twin Frozr cooler is a shrunk down version of the large heatsink we have seen on the MSI Lightning. While the blue stripe highlight looks certainly good, I have to admit that I liked the yellow on the MSI Lightning a bit better.
The blue blob on the back of the card is MSI's GPU Reactor, which provides voltage filtering. More on that later.

The card will occupy a bit more than two slots in your system. This is caused by the GPU reactor on the back, standing a bit off the PCB

Display connectivity options include a dual-link DVI port, one full-size HDMI port and two mini-DisplayPorts. You may use all the outputs at the same time.

An HDMI sound device is included in the GPU, too. It is HDMI 1.4a compatible which includes HD audio and support for Blu-ray 3D movies. The DisplayPort outputs are version 1.2 which enables the use of hubs and Multi-Stream transport.

You may combine up to two HD 7870 cards from any vendor in a multi-GPU CrossFire configuration for higher framerates or better image quality settings.

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