in: Graphics Card | September 29, 2010 | by: Oik Yusuf Araya

MSI N460GTX HAWK – Multiplied Overclocking Potential with Triple Over Voltage

Among NVIDIA’s current lineups, the GeForce GTX 460 is perhaps one of the most phenomenal. For its price point, this GPU offers remarkable performance. Graphics card vendors have also been employing creative efforts to make it even more interesting, including MSI who came up with the N460 GTX HAWK, based on the 1 GB variant of NVIDA’s GeForce GTX 460. Designed with overclocking in mind, it features MSI’s brand new Triple Overclocking technology as well as some other nice additions.


Codename GF104 GF104
Fabrication Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1.95 Billion 1.95 Billion
Die Size 320 mm² 320 mm²
Core Clock 780 MHz 675 MHz
Stream Processors 336 336
Shader Clock 1560 MHz 1350 MHz
Texture Units 56 56
ROPs 32 32
Memory Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory Size 1GB 1GB
Memory Clock (effective) 3600 MHz 3600 MHz
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version 11 11
Shader Model 5 5
Power Connectors 2x 6-pin 2x 6-pin
Min Recommended Power Supply 450 Watt 450 Watt
Bus Support PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16

From the above table you can compare HAWK’s technical specification to NVIDIA’s reference standard. MSI increased the core and shader frequencies by 105 MHz and 210 MHz, respectively. The memory, on the other hand, stays at default speed, which is rather unfortunate for this type of card.

Sales Package and Contents

This is how the box looks like. A rather large image of a stealth fighter plane, which MSI had apparently associated with its HAWK series of graphics card, is located on the front side.

“The Triple Over Voltage”, a new overclocking feature from MSI.

An internal Styrofoam packaging keeps the graphics card in a fixed position and protects it from impacts.

On the bottom of the box, we found a User’s Guide, a manual book, a driver disc, and three V-Check Point cables along with a DVI to D-Sub and a mini HDMI to HDMI converters.

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