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Which MSI 7870 is better?

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Out of the TwinfrozrIII and the MSI hawk, which of the two are better at overclocking and cooling?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2886171&CatId=7387

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2316880&CatId=7387

They are basically the same price so I'm wondering which is the better cooler? I've tried searching online and couldn't really find an answer.

Thanks.
post #2 of 6
The expensive one is the better one with a better factory OC.
post #3 of 6
the HAWK has more premium components on the PCB but the cooler is not so good. its louder under load than TWIN FROZR. the TWIN FROZR cooler is better though the overall PCB quality is clearly lesser than the HAWK.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_Twin_Frozr/25.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_HAWK/27.html

but the HAWK really kicks ass when overclocking because of the quality of its components. The memory overclocks , performance scaling are all fantastic.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7870_HAWK/31.html
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post #4 of 6
The Hawk is probably the better buy, especially if the rebate for the Twin Frozr model doesn't come through and both end up being the same price.

In terms of overclocking, it's really more luck-based as each GPU will have it's own max overclock. With the Hawk, you're just increasing that chance by getting better components. Between the 45dbA and 48dbA of the TF and Hawk, you may not even notice the difference and you also have control of the fan speeds, so you can dial it down if things get too loud for you.
    
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Hawk better chip quality=more OC
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hawk.
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