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Okay so I've got a mate whos going to Hong Kong soonish and the prices over there are much better than here in NZ so I've given him a shopping list for new parts, of which includes new G cards.

Been looking at the 460 for awhile and its performance is great for the cost although im unsure of which one to get.

Manli GTX460 - ref cooler and stock clocks: 1250 HKD/approx 160 USD
MSI Hawk 460 - Twin Frozr and 780 core clock: 1600 HKD/approx 205 USD
MSI Cyclone 460 - cant remeber cooler and 725 core clock: 1420 HKD/ 182 USD

These are all 1GB versions and I'd like to SLI(hack) them as the scaling is great on them, even better is the overclocking headroom.
Which leads me to the question, is the Hawk worth it for the extra 40USD? could i get the same/similar OC/performance with the Manli?

Of course there is the Ati route with 6870 Xfire at 1800HKD/230USD each
Any other options (ie single card) for around 400USD would be appreciated
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the cyclones are really awesome from personal experience.
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Go for MSI Hawk if you want the best possible OC. If you ask me though the extra $45 can be spent somewhere else better or just save it for future upgrades.
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cyclones are MEH imo... Alot of heat dumped into the case and the cooler performance seems to drop off with higher "in-case" ambient temps...

If i had a choice, I would probably get the hawks.
    
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The cyclones are good but the hawks are better. I've taken my to 900 core and temp wise they are amazing. I have 2 and they folding at 100% load, they max out at 52 degrees and they are whisper quite, it's worth the extra money just for the cooler.

If you get the hawk you won't regret it...scouts honour


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cyclones are MEH imo... Alot of heat dumped into the case and the cooler performance seems to drop off with higher "in-case" ambient temps...

If i had a choice, I would probably get the hawks.
This is true but as long as you have a good case that is designed for air cooling you wont have any issues, EE cards run too hot and loud for my liking.
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Hawk!
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post #7 of 18
The asus directCU runs smooth and VERY cool. But the hawk is a very good clocker.
post #8 of 18
Just go w/ the reference models and save yourself $45/card. The hawk might OC higher, but not by more than 100mhz and you'll never see that in real world usage.
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post #9 of 18
I got the cheapest (768MB though) GTX 460 I could find locally, and it seems to clock the same as any others. Clocks in sig, 1.1V. Can go to 950/1900 MHz stable on the core/shaders (maybe 975, haven't bothered trying yet), but it needs 1.2V, and the temps round off at about 80 C. Which would be fine fore most cards, but when this card at stock was only hitting about 45 C, too much IMO. At the current clocks, 900/1800/4600 @ 1.1V, temps maxed out at 64 C after I accidentally left Kombuster running over night. Reference cooler.
post #10 of 18
I have a Giabyte and Cyclone, both are good, they OC to 800mhz on stock volts and are near silent on air they work well

I would go with the Hawk tho if you can get them cheap

They are the upgraded Cyclone with better cooling
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