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    Default MSI GeForce GTX 460 HAWK 1GB

    The MSI GTX 460 HAWK sports a gorgeous custom Frozr II heatsink that we've seen on other MSI cards, but what's really interesting about this model is that it comes with a huge factory overclock and has some voltage tweaking abilities. And we're not talking some some lame little 25MHz overclock either. MSI goes for the jugular here, pushing the card very far. And all this while maintaining very low temperatures. Sounds like a recipe for a winner to us. Sound promising? We think so.



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    Thanks Jake

    Another great card.

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    Great review Jake, stellar card from MSi looks like there on a roll.

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    Good review! fast card, great temps!

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    Looks like a great performer. Temps are fantastic. Were you able to measure fan noise at stock and when overclocked? How was the power draw after the overclock?

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    nice card nice review
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    Good questions JMPC. Testing noise is next to impossible. I have a sound meter, but achieving virtually silent test conditions while eliminating every other variable on a consistent basis is pretty much impossible. So I gave up on the sound meter tests. Instead, I use a more "anecdotal" approach; after testing so many graphics cards, I can just tell right away which ones are quieter or not when the RPMs are cranked up. I can anecdotally say that the MSI HAWK is one of the quieter heatsinks amongst all the GTX 460 models. Of course, the only truly quiet fan is one that isn't there and runs passive. All fans make noise when run at maximum, but some are offensively loud (think ATI stock heatsinks that sound like hair dryers) and some run wonderfully low noise profiles (Sapphire Vapor-X). The MSI HAWK is a nice balance between awesome temps and low noise, it's very impressive.

    As for power draw, that's also a bit tricky. Isolating the power draw of the card itself is next to impossible because the system has to be running, which obviously draws power and each component isn't run in isolation or else the system wouldn't boot. Therefore, calculating the actual power draw when it's idle is also near impossible. I could record the idle and load SYSTEM power draw, but that's not going to say to much other than the difference or delta between normal and overclocked. It won't give actual numbers, just the difference. I'm not sure if that's something people want to know because it doesn't seem to me to give "real" information. I may be wrong, and I'm sure SOME people are interested in that (you may be one of them!) but I abandoned power measurements long ago because I couldn't maintain consistent results. The minute I had to upgrade a system components (as OFTEN happens in testing and reviews), the power results were null and void and couldn't be compared because the power draw just changed on the system.

    I suppose the only way to do it would be to say "System Power Draw under load is X, and System Power Draw under overclocked load is Y. Do not compare results between cards or systems." or something like that. Not sure if that would be sufficient for people. I'm open to options though!
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    That card looks wicked.
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