Vantage, Warhead and MW2



Our benchmark tests follow the standard OC3D procedure of running each test five times, discarding the highest and lowest results then taking an average of the rest.

Beginning with 3D Mark Vantage we actually have a plethora of a results for this from our overclocking excursions. Normally we just provide our best overclock and the stock result. However we thought today we'd give you some of the other results we obtained during out overclock testing so you can see how much difference there is between a GPU Core overclock, a RAM overclock, and a combination of the two.

Regardless of the method used, one thing is very clear. The MSI Hawk is a beast of a card for the money.


Crysis Warhead

Depite having a lot of grunt available to it, as is the case with nearly every card on the planet it hasn't got enough grunt for Crysis Warhead. In overclocked trim it just about can provide a good average framerate and if you run at a resolution lower than our test one of 1920x1200 you might eek a few more frames out.

To be honest though not many people wont have completed it by now and so it's definitely a benchmark is the pure sense of the word.


Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 provides playable framerates on even medium-powered cards and here, with maximum settings and 8xAA we can see that the stock Hawk gives us nearly 50 FPS average. Definitely playable. Once we overclock it though it eats Modern Warfare 2 for breakfast and gives us more than the magic 60FPS we desire.


Now to burn some rubber.

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Most Recent Comments

02-04-2010, 06:23:00

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, 09:27:20

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, 13:07:30

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, 13:14:39

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, 13:21:14

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

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