MSI R7870 comes overclocked, and is the
coolest card around
MSI has been quite active in the components
market recently with new GPUs popping up and the imminent arrival of Intel's
Ivy Bridge processor. With a slew of HD7xxx series cards coming out, we take a
look at MSI's R7870 Hawk.
Using the TwinFrozr cooling system that has
been used in a lot of MSI's previous GPUs, the R7870 comes factory overclocked,
but still leaves a lot of room for user to squeeze more juice out of the card
if they so desire. The 1GHz card also comes with 2GB DDR5 memory and requires
two 6-pin PCIe sockets to power up.
At the back, the R7870 has one DVI-D port,
one HDMI port and also two mini DisplayPorts, which can be used to daisy chain
up to six displays using AMD's Infinity Display technology.
The biggest pull for the R7870 is its
cooling mechanism. Making full use of MSI's own GPU-Reactor module, the power
sourced to the card is conditioned up to 88% for more stability when
The new Twin Frozr 4 thermal designs also
help out a lot in cooling down the hardware using two 8cm PWM fans and 8mm
thermal SuperPipes that transfer the heat directly to the fins, in which the
fans will then dissipate.
It also has a new Propeller Blade technology
where it removes dust from the heatsink by blowing at it in reverse for 30
seconds when the computer first starts up. Your card will be staying clean.
Performance here is commendable, thanks to
the overclocked card. We're able to push it to scores well capable of gaming
and heavier tasks.
Chipset: AMD Radeon HD 7870
Core Clock Speed: 1000MHz
Memory Size: 2GB DDR5
(+) Great overclocked performance