MSI always has made products built around stability and performance. The card we’re looking at today is no different, offering Military Class components and special designs tailored to those who love a good performing card with headroom to push it when needed.
MSI has a long history of building high performance and high reliability components whether it be graphics cards or motherboards. Along with inclusion of the Military Class components and newer technologies such as the GPU Reactor feature, they are really moving forward in ensuring service to both the high performance gaming market and the enthusiasts overclocking segment as well.
MSI has a long history of departing from the reference design, be it a different cooler or a custom PCB. This has effectively ensured that all different types of users can find what they’re looking for.
Today we are looking at one of the full custom models in the MSI R7870 HAWK edition graphics card. The R7870 HAWK is based on the 7870 GPU from AMD, which is in itself a powerful chip. We’re very interested to see what MSI has brought to the market with this card, and how much of it is substance as opposed to flair.
The HAWK R7870 is an HD 7870 GPU paired to a full 2GB of VRAM through a 256-bit memory bus to handle resolution/texture duties. The card is fed by and requires usage of dual 6 pin PCI-E connectors, which means a max theoretical power draw of 225W.
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