MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk graphics card

The MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk is based on the Radeon HD 5770 and sports twin fans and high quality components.

MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk
  • MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk
  • MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk
  • MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Nice design, good performance

Cons

  • Ran hotter than expected

Bottom Line

The MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk sports a good design and its components are of better than average quality. Its performance figures are also very good.

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The MSI R5770 Hawk is MSI’s take on the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card. The MSI boasts of a Twin Frozr II Thermal Design that incorporates two fans embedded over a heatsink and is supposed to keep temperatures down.

MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk: Features & Design

The MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk sticks to the palette set by the reference ATI card in terms of DirectX 11 and Eyefinity support. It has 1GB of DDR5 memory, 800 shaders and a 128-bit memory interface. It deviates slightly from the reference numbers with a core clock speed of 875MHz as compared to 850MHz. As a result, the MSI’s texture fillrate is up from 34.0 GTexel/s to 35.0 GTexel/s. Display connectivity is well taken care of as the card has a Display Port, an HDMI port and a DVI port. To function, the card also needs a six pin connector plugged in from the PSU.

The MSI R5770 Hawk bundle also includes a CD with MSI utilities including drivers and Afterburner, MSI’s overclocking utility, a VGA to DVI adaptor and Molex to PCI-E connectors.

Design-wise, the MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk looks quite different from the ATI reference card. As mentioned above, it has twin fans and an aluminum heatsink. There are also three heatpipes that emerge from the heatsink. MSI claims that they have used “military grade” components including a Highly-Conductive Capacitor, a Solid Capacitor and a Solid State Choke. Overall, the MSI has an above average design and runs very quietly.

MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk: Performance

In spite of the slightly higher clock speed, we didn’t notice any noticeable performance difference between ATI’s reference model and the MSI. It scored 16,473 in the 3D Mark ’06 and 6,193 in 3D Mark Vantage’s High preset. In games too, there wasn’t much of a difference to speak of. In Crysis at 1680x1050, 8xAA and Very High settings, the MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk managed 24fps. In Far Cry 2, at the same resolution and AA and at Ultra High settings, it scored 38fps. In Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X., at the same resolution and AA and with all other settings at maximum, the R5770 Hawk scored 44fps.

One thing that we found disappointing was that contrary to MSI’s claims, the MSI Radeon R5770 Hawk constantly ran hotter than the reference ATI HD 5770. At idle, the lowest temperature that the MSI recorded was 49°C and at full load, that number rose to 66°C. In comparison, the reference ATI card scored 47°C and 56°C. The MSI’s temperature figures might not be high, but we still expected the numbers to be lower than what the reference card gave us.

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