Manufacturer overclocked cards are always a difficult beast. On the one hand they provide better performance for the average user at a inflated price, but on the other they rarely give those of us who are confident about moving a slider justification for the premium they require.

The MSI HD5770 Hawk is absolutely not your ordinary pre-overclocked card. Not here do we find a few extra MHz for another £30. Our extra cash buys us so much more.

Primarily of course it buys us a HD5770. As a affordable gaming card it's without peer. Yes the odd game (ahemCrysis) doesn't really enjoy it much, but the key thing to remember is that our tests are always run at the maximum settings, with a high resolution and nearly always loads of anti-aliasing. So whilst an initial glance at the benchmarks might lead you to conclude that this isn't quite the card for you, actually if you adapt your settings to take into consideration the hardware you have, you'll be pleasantly surprised at what the Hawk can do.

Secondly, and the main point, is that you're buying something far more than just a slightly overclocked reference card. You're buying high-end caps, 7 phase power and a cooler than is worth the price difference alone. And what a difference it makes. The many extra high-end parts on the Hawk easily enabled us to push past the 1GHz mark, decimating the overclock we obtained on the reference model.

So on Monday we saw that overclocked 5770s in Crossfire gave performance that bettered a 5870. If the overclock we can get from the Hawk betters the one we got from the Sapphire, it stands to reason that two of these beauties in Crossfire will be stunning, and still for less than the price of a 5870. After all, they're damn impressive on their own.

If you want a special version of a card, this ticks all the boxes. That cooler is fantastic being both quiet and efficient. Even the £30 premium over a stock 5770 is worth it.

Highly recommended.

Performance   Award  

Thanks to MSI for providing the Hawk for review. Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

02-04-2010, 10:23:00

Great review. Amazing overclock on that card, and stil pretty cool. Definitetely the best value card on the block and that heatsink and caps are definitely worth the price hike for that level of overclock...I remember buying processors that had lower clock speeds.Quote

02-04-2010, 13:27:20

Killer review of a killer card. Seeing this baby in action makes me drool and getting to see 2 in crossfire would make me ...... Anyway, it looks like a win for MSI and now the 5770 cards have a new master. Quote

02-04-2010, 17:07:30

1050 core!! Well done. Looks a good price for the card. Really like what MSI is doing with all these overclocking cards. That seem to be reasonably priced aswell compared to other manufactures. Nice review...Quote

02-04-2010, 17:14:39

The 5000 series as a whole seem very good for ocing, especially the 5770s. Absolute gem of a card. Nvidia really can't bring much to this match at this price point. Closest thing would be a 250GTS or a cheap 260GTX I guess, either way they are totally outclassed.Quote

02-04-2010, 17:21:14

Do I upgrade my two HD4850s for two of these!!!!! Really tempted after reading the review.Quote

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