MSI Unveils R6870 Hawk Overclocked Card

"MSI has today come out with a new addition to its Hawk series of graphics cards with the R6870 GPU."

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MSI has today come out with a new addition to its Hawk series of graphics cards with the R6870 GPU. Based on the Radeon HD 6870 reference board, the R6870 Hawk card carries forward the legacy of the series that has become quite popular among enthusiasts and overclockers.

The new offering boasts of a custom PCB and an all new cooling solution that promises to make the card a high performance one. Talking of the PCB, it has been custom designed with an 8+2 phase power design, which is effectively double the one available on the reference card. MSI has also equipped it with active phase switching (APS) for automatic phase control and loaded all ferrite chokes and solid capacitors for extended life.

The cooling solution, which is an advanced version of MSI’s award winning Twin Frozr II technology, is driven by a large heatsink that covers the entire card and dissipates the heat generated by the graphics core using five heatpipes. Off the five heatpipes, two are MSI’s proprietary SuperPipes with 8mm diameter. The base of the heatsink is nickel plated copper, while airflow is created by two 80mm fans crafted with MSI’s Propeller blade technology for maximum airflow. MSI claims are as much as 7 dBA quieter than the reference design. According to MSI, the custom cooler should keep the card running 21 degrees cooler than the original from AMD.

Coming to the clock speeds, MSI has factory overclocked the card to 930MHz (not a great hike), with the memory set to run at 1050MHz. The card has 1120 stream processors, 56 texturing units, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit memory interface. To make it easier for enthusiasts to track their cards’ details, MSI has provided integrated read points on the card from where voltage can be measured easily. While AMD’s reference design comes with over current protection (OCP) technology, the R6870 will allow users to disable it for drawing maximum juice out of the card.

The MSI R6870 Hawk has started shipping to retailers and is priced at €253 in Europe. Pricing in other regions is not yet known.

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01-02-2011, 12:31:25

After quickly reading the articles about the intel chips and there potenial problems I'm kinda stuck on my parts purchase that was going to happen this morning.

I am building a computer for the first time and was wanting something that was mid priced and is going to be easly fixed,upgraded and last for some time . Here is what I was thinking of getting .

case- NZXT Phantom
vid card- MSI geforce gtx 560 ti
power supply- XFX 850w black edition
cd/dvd LG GH24NLS50 24 sata
hard drive- 2x western digital caviar blue 1tb
ssd- Kingston ssd now v100 series 128g
cpu cooler- Noctua nh-u12p se2pse2

The rest of the build I need some help with. here is what I was going to buy

mother board- Asus p8p67 pro atx lga1155
cpu- intell core i5 2500k quad core lga 1155 sandy bridge
Ram- not to sure

So now that Intel has found issues with this chip and since I am still needing to purchase everything can you guy's recomend a motherboard cpu combo that has approx the same speed as the 2500k and a motherboard to go along with it.I know this question must have been asked tons but I am new to this stuff so please bare with me. If there is anything you guys can recomend that I may have forgoten then please comment. It will be apreciated.

01-02-2011, 12:48:36

Those parts seem OK, my recommendations would be go for the NH D14 instead of the nh-u12p, I don't think you need a 850w PSU a 600W should be fine, for RAM, G.Skills RipjawsX maybe?

I wouldn't worry about the P67 motherboard problem too much it only effects 5% of all P67 boards and even if you have problems it will be fixed for free.

01-02-2011, 12:50:27

Wait until april to get ur mobo or get a mobo with marvell sata controller (like the ud7) which is unaffected by the problem and change that power supply to corsair ax750w or 850w. Get a noctua nh-d14.

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