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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.

Pros: Cons
  • Strong Performance
  • Twin Frozr Cooler Design
  • Strong Military Class VRM Design
  • Plenty of display connectivity
  • Quiet operation even when overclocked
  • Cool running even under overclock loading
  • Dual 8 pin
  • LN2 BIOS
  • V-Checkpoints
  • Price a bit steep
MSI GeForce GTX 760 HAWK MSI with the introduction of the Gaming series set a whole new category for the MSI brand in the marketplace and a very necessary one at that. However there is still a gap to fill when it comes to extreme performance and that is where the GTX 760 HAWK that we are looking at today comes in. Must like the bigger brother "Lightning" model cards the hawk series is the mainstream performance equivalent for top end OC board offerings. Now with the GTX 760 is uses a GK104 GPU cut down to GTX 760 spec…

Review Overview

Performance - 10
Value - 8.5
Quality - 9
Features - 9.5
Innovation - 9


The MSi GTX 760 HAWK offers Extreme Overclocking class features on a super strong design. For this it earns the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award

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One comment

  1. Due to an incoming monetary benefit coming my way in the relative near future, I’ve been looking forward to upgrading from my MSI GeForce 460 GTX 1GB card. The card’s not dead nor close to it. I just want more performance that’s not a SLI solution seeing as not all games support SLI. My 750W PSU should be able to handle the MSI GeForce 760 GTX Hawk well. Sure the $290 price tag is a tad steep, but for the reliability I’ve long seen in my current MSI card, I’m willing to pay the little extra for legitimate additional reliablity. I’m not really into OCing so that part of the author’s article doesn’t really interest me. It’s the rest of the article that interests me greatly. Thanks, Shannon Robb for a well written article on this card. Since my incoming money isn’t a vast amount, but will allow me to upgrade my main computer’s graphics card and additional RAM only, I’m glad there are people who’ll actually pay attention to those of us who are in the “middle of the road” gaming crowd.

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