Our Final Thoughts
MSI has made good cards for quite some time but i really feel like their engineering and agility as a team is just now starting to com to fruition with the upcoming GTX 780 Lightning generating lots of buzz via sneak peeks and things of that nature they are garnering a power in the GPU market that could be a force to be reckoned with.
that being said, by splitting the GPU’s into two divisions for the performance models and having both Gaming and Overclock models was a great choice as it gives more granularity to their offerings and may offer a better value to a simple gamer who doesn’t want some of the frills the OC models hold and the price that comes with them. Also the technology and willingness to collect enthusiasts feedback shown by MSI is a huge plus and something I like to see from a forward thinking company.
The MSI HAWK is a nice benchmarking card just waiting for someone to strap a pot to it to show what its real limits are, I am also happy to see Nvidia loosen their grip up a bit on the voltage controls and adjustments for custom model cards as that’s what this crowd is all about at this level card so I am very excited to see what else MSI has up their sleeve.
As for the HAWK there really isn’t anything I don’t like but you do have to understand the target of the card as this is a benchmarkers card by design that can easily be a gamer as well but if your looking just for a card to game on then I would say you might be better served with a MSI gaming series card as you still get the awesome cooler but a easier price point, however if you are looking for a capable card for your bench table and some subzero fun then the MSI GTX 760 HAWK might be right up your alley.