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MSI GEFORCE GTX 660 HAWK 2GB Video Card Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

We have a look at the latest HAWK video card from MSI which is driven by the NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 660 GPU.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 3:54 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%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 which as usual has gone through no changes since the move over to the X79 platform.

 

What has changed a lot is our benchmark line up. We won't go into much detail on that since you'll be able to see it for yourself over the next several pages and instead we'll just quickly cover the cards that will be in our graphs here today.

 

Due to the fact we've got a new benchmark line up it means that everything has to be tested from scratch again as all our results get thrown out the window. For that reason, alongside the MSI GTX 660 HAWK which will be running at stock and overclocked, we've got the Sapphire HD 7870 OC Edition and AMD HD 7970 GHz Edition running the latest 12.11 drivers.

 

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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