Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
While not available just yet, we know from previous experience that the MSI GTX 760 2GB HAWK is going to carry a price tag that is higher than every other GTX 760 on the market. Looking at Newegg we can see that the Gaming Series of the GTX 760 from MSI comes in at $259.99, alongside two offerings from GIGABYTE. The only card that sits higher again is a Galaxy offering at $269.99.
Everything above that Galaxy card is then a 4GB variant that starts at $299.99. It would be fairly safe to assume that the MSI GTX 760 2GB HAWK is going to set you back somewhere between those two price tags. We'd probably be looking at around the $289.99 to $294.99 region. While yet to test a 4GB variant of the GTX 760, we can make an extremely educated guess and tell you that the performance difference would be between very small and none.
Even if the HAWK comes in at $299.99, we'd choose it over any of the 4GB models any day of the week. Is it worth paying $25 - $35 more than the Gaming version of the GTX 760 2GB from MSI? Again, we wouldn't hesitate. We've always been fans of the HAWK and Lightning series from MSI and they really represent the highest quality product for this model.
MSI in typical fashion don't disappoint us. They continue to produce quality video card over quality video card and probably are one of the very few companies I would happily recommend a model to without having the chance to personally test it. Not only does the company set the bar high for themselves with models like these, but they also set it extremely high for the competition.
It doesn't matter if you're a casual overclocker looking to have some fun or someone more serious. Even if you don't want to overclock, though, the 1111MHz default core clock that comes out of the box means it's also the fastest out of the box GTX 760 available at the moment. It really is a massive out of the box overclock from the reference 980MHz core clock speed that NVIDIA offers.
If you're happy to pay a bit more for a quality product, we'd recommend this GTX 760 to you every day of the week. As we said, MSI continue to not disappoint us and that's only a good thing for you, the consumer. The GTX 760 2GB HAWK is just a quality all round product from MSI and a GTX 760 that really stands out from the pack for all the right reasons.