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AMD did a good job with their Radeon HD 7870. MSI's HD 7870 HAWK builds on that foundation and tries to create an overclocker's SKU that provides maximum performance and overclocking potential.
Thanks to the 100 MHz overclock out of the box, the HD 7870 HAWK has a 5% performance advantage over the AMD reference design. This is a decent increase, yet I would have expected more from a card like this, as there is plenty of clock headroom available. MSI's Lightning gains 8% over the respective reference design. Our manual overclocking tests confirmed that the HD 7870 HAWK overclocks very well. A maximum clock of 1260 MHz is the highest GPU clock we have ever seen in a TPU review, and is only matched by the ASUS HD 7870 Direct CU II. MSI has also included the dual BIOS feature, which is used to enable a special liquid nitrogen optimized BIOS
Yessss...
But 50$s extra frown.gif, i am guessing thats the cost of the pcb updates, but more importantly is the new TF IV.

TPU OC: 1260/6400
G3D OC: 1300/5800
Edited by MoBeeJ - 5/1/12 at 3:18am
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post #2 of 45
That's a nice looking card thumb.gif
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post #3 of 45
At Hwbot they got the card up to 1400/1600 on Air!

http://hwbot.org/forum/showthread.php?p=170477
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Man...are those 7870s ever looking nice...
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Originally Posted by Thebreezybb View Post

At Hwbot they got the card up to 1400/1600 on Air!
http://hwbot.org/forum/showthread.php?p=170477

drool.gif

Really really nice card
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Hmm...this card or the 660 Ti. Decisions decisions. thinking.gif
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post #7 of 45
Dang that is nice. Now if I could only use this card with Nvidia drivers QQ.
post #8 of 45
about damn time. now I'll wait for the price drop.
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post #9 of 45
Seriously...$380? May as well just get a 7950 at that price...
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post #10 of 45
$10-$20 more gets you a 7950, so much fail here amd.
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