MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB HAWK Review - Custom Everything
MSI upgrades the GTX 460
The GeForce GTX 460 is still stellar
By far the most outstanding GPU release from NVIDIA in a few years, the GeForce GTX 460 1GB card has been the best selling card on the market pretty much since its release. And what is not to like with a combination of a reasonable price and stellar performance when compared to previous generation NVIDIA technology and even current generation AMD offerings like the Radeon HD 5830. Reference cards were great upon initial release, but over time we expect pre-overclocked and highly modified cards to become the standard and that is exactly what the MSI GTX 460 HAWK offers users.
While reference clocks on the GTX 460 1GB card came in at 675 MHz, that number has turned out to be pretty conservative and pretty much all AIBs are now offering cards that run at 700+ MHz for the same cost as reference designs and quite a few of the "club 800" variants are now available - cards that offer clock speeds of 800 MHz or higher. The MSI GTX 460 1GB HAWK doesn't come clocked at 800 MHz, but instead at 780 MHz. But that is nowhere near the limits for this card.
The MSI GeForce GTX 460 HAWK
MSI set out to create a card that was not only overclocked out of the gate but that also offered unique and custom engineering and room for manual overclocking via their well regarded Afterburner application.