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.
|MSI N460GTX HAWK||NVIDIA GTX 460 1GB|
|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|
|Shader Clock||1560 MHz||1350 MHz|
|Memory Clock (effective)||3600 MHz||3600 MHz|
|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.