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MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK 2GB Overclocked Video Card Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

MSI expand the popular HAWK series with the introduction of the popular AMD Radeon HD 7870 to the performance based series of video cards.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 4, 2012 11:46 am
TweakTown Rating: 97%      Manufacturer: MSI

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.

 

Looking above you can see our testbed and in typical fashion there are no changes here as we continue to use our X79 testbed which we've been using for a while now.

 

Before we get into the performance side of things let's just quickly cover the video cards that we'll be using in our graphs today.

 

Of course we've got the overclocked HD 7870 HAWK video card from MSI. Along with that we've also got the HD 7770, HD 7850, HD 7870, HD 7950 and HD 7970 to round of the AMD side of things.

 

On the NVIDIA front we've got the GTX 560 Ti, GTX 570 and GTX 580 as NVIDIA continue to not offer us a GTX 600 series based video card that hits at this price point at this stage.

 

Let's get started!

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

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