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.

Technical Specifications

As always our specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers website.

Marketing Name

MSI R5770 Hawk


Radeon HD5770 (Juniper XT)

Manufacturing Process


Stream Processors

800 Units

Core Clock

875 MHz

Memory Clock


Memory Size


Memory Bus


Military Class Components


Triple Output

DisplayPort / HDMI / DVI-I


Afterburner + Kombustor



UK Availability

7th Feb

SRPApprox £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.

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Most Recent Comments

02-04-2010, 10:23:00

Great review. Amazing overclock on that card, and stil pretty cool. Definitetely the best value card on the block and that heatsink and caps are definitely worth the price hike for that level of overclock...I remember buying processors that had lower clock speeds.Quote

02-04-2010, 13:27:20

Killer review of a killer card. Seeing this baby in action makes me drool and getting to see 2 in crossfire would make me ...... Anyway, it looks like a win for MSI and now the 5770 cards have a new master. Quote

02-04-2010, 17:07:30

1050 core!! Well done. Looks a good price for the card. Really like what MSI is doing with all these overclocking cards. That seem to be reasonably priced aswell compared to other manufactures. Nice review...Quote

02-04-2010, 17:14:39

The 5000 series as a whole seem very good for ocing, especially the 5770s. Absolute gem of a card. Nvidia really can't bring much to this match at this price point. Closest thing would be a 250GTS or a cheap 260GTX I guess, either way they are totally outclassed.Quote

02-04-2010, 17:21:14

Do I upgrade my two HD4850s for two of these!!!!! Really tempted after reading the review.Quote

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