MSI HD5770 HAWK
On Monday we took a look at the HD5770 in Crossfire and found it to be about the best "bang for buck" solution available. Given such immense performance from standard cooling cards we were delighted to see MSI break the ice by releasing their HAWK model, which comes complete with the excellent Twin Frozr cooling.
Does the increased headroom a third-party cooling solution provides allow for even greater gains to be had or is the chip already at it's maximum? We're here to find out.
Having recently covered pretty much all of the ATI 5000 Series through various reviews I'm sure you're all familiar with what it brings to the table, so let's crack right on with seeing how the Hawk differs.
As always our specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers website.
MSI R5770 Hawk
Radeon HD5770 (Juniper XT)
1 GB DDR5
Military Class Components
DisplayPort / HDMI / DVI-I
Afterburner + Kombustor
|SRP||Approx £153inc vat|
The other major features are, of course, the Twin Frozr cooler and, unlike the standard HD5770, the MSI HD5770 Hawk comes with 7+1 phase power rather than the more modest 4+1 phase of the reference design. This should allow us to get more power to the board but retain stability throughout thanks to a butter-smooth power delivery.
The recommended selling price is close to its actual street price with the cheapest being Scan who have it on pre-order for £155. It's nice to see a manufacturer not make wildly inaccurate claims about the price-point of their product.
Let's get a good look at the cooler.