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MSI Radeon HD 7870 Hawk 1100MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

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SKU: 77736
Shipping Weight: 3.2 lbs
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Experience: 3 Months


-Great performance at an affordable price
-Matches my Mobo and Ram colours
-Good overclocker, theoretically
-Fans are loud when at full load
After the mail-in rebate, which was received only this week, it came to about $226, which was a great price for lower end enthusiast performance. The next card up, the 7950 from Gigabyte, MSI, ASUS, SAPPHIRE(brands I am comfortable with; 3 year warranty except for Sapphire, which is 2 years) was on average about $280 at the time, if I recall.

Like most of the enthusiast AMD Radeon 7000 series cards, based on reviews, this one is an overclocking champion, even with some more headroom above what MSI has already set.

In the future, I'll be testing to see how fast I can OC it. I will be careful to provide enough cooling so that the fans never generate that annoying sound at full speed.

Experience: 3 Weeks


great graphics, easy install
It can play any game I put to it. Far Cry3 is great. I haven't benchmarked my system but it's all new MSI and intel stuff. I don't think the card is noisy, it's not gotten hot enough to crank the dual fans up and I let it auto run with a slight over clock. For the price I think it's a great deal and it looks really good. All the reviews I have read on the net were quite positive. I had no install issues so I don't understand why anyone else would. Maybe they aren't geek enough to know how to do a proper install? You can pay more for a card but is it really required,,,,,,I don't think so.

Follow-up. I've had this card for a couple months now. Still no problems,,,runs fine. I think if anyone is having issues they should look to a bottleneck in other areas of their system.

This review was modfied by poster j 12-20-12 10:59 PM

This review was modfied by poster @ 03-02-13 08:37 PM

Experience: 20 Days


Cooler is phenomenal and keeping temps low.
Quiet (Can't hear it over case)
Looks sweet
Massive driver conflicts
Drivers constantly crash
Have to underclock to run games
I picked this card up based on online reviews being over the moon about it, and it was on sale. First time I dropped it in I was greeted by massive tearing across the desktop which would not go away unless I uninstalled Catalyst Control Center from my system.

I then ran into issues where adobe flash would cause the drivers to crash when opening a video unless I hovered my mouse over the current tab and shut it down quickly. If I didn't it required a restart to recover.

Now to game performance, this card comes factory overclocked out of the box, which one would assume would increase game performance. Not for me, every title I loaded up showed the GPU at 100% usage and the game would chug along at 15-20fps from Farcry 3, Battlefield 3, MoH: Warfighter to Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2. I found undoing the factory overclock relieved the gpu usage issue but defeated the purpose of buying a video card that is designed to be overclocked.

I have tested this card with 12.8, 12.10, 12.11 Beta 8 and 12.11 Beta 11. 12.8 is the only driver that this card will work on my system without these issues, but any game released after August runs unbearably bad if at all.

I exchanged my first card for another one hoping it was a flaw with the card. However the second one behaves identically.

I will be returning this card on the 19th and picking up the "XFX Radeon HD 7870 Double D" like I should have in the first place. I've had 3 XFX cards (4850, and dual 5850's in crossfire), and they all ran without flaw. I should have known better than to be tempted by the cooler.

System specs:
Phenom X6 1050T d 3.8Ghz
8GB corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600

Experience: 3 Days


Fast, cool, nice to look at
Loud fans
Good card for its price. It has room to overclock and is quite cool. Only downside is the fan noise becomes quite noticeable when its 50%+
Shouldn't be a problem with a good headset/headphones, though.

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Leading international graphics card maker MSI has always been a key player in the competitive graphics card market. Thanks to its strong R&D capabilities and outstanding product performance, MSI's products have always received high acclaim by the media and consumers throughout the world.

Quick Specs:
Host Interface PCI Express 3.0 x16
Platform Supported PC
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Standard Memory 2 GB
Thickness 1.6"
API Supported OpenGL 4.2 DirectX 11.0
Form Factor Plug-in Card
Length 10.9"
Cooler Type Fan Cooler
Memory Technology GDDR5
Height 4.7"
Bus Width 256 bit
Multi-GPU Technology CrossFire
Environmentally Friendly Yes
Environmental Certification RoHS
Dual Link DVI Supported Yes
Chipset Manufacturer AMD
Chipset Model HD 7870
Chipset Line Radeon
Chipset Series HD 7000
DisplayPort Yes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs 2
Number of HDMI Outputs 1
GPU Clock 1.10 GHz
Total Number of DVI Outputs 1

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General Information  
     Brand Name: MSI
     Manufacturer: MSI
     Manufacturer Part Number: R7870 HAWK
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.msi.com
     Product Model: R7870 HAWK
     Product Name: R7870 HAWK Radeon HD 7870 Graphic Card
     Product Type: Graphic Card
     DisplayPort: Yes
     Dual Link DVI Supported: Yes
     DVI: Yes
     HDMI: Yes
     Host Interface: PCI Express 3.0 x16
     Number of DisplayPort Outputs: 2
     Number of HDMI Outputs: 1
     Total Number of DVI Outputs: 1
     Bus Width: 256 bit
     Memory Speed: 4800 MHz
     Memory Technology: GDDR5
     Standard Memory: 2 GB
     Environmental Certification: RoHS
     Environmentally Friendly: Yes
     Platform Supported: PC
Physical Characteristics  
     Cooler Type: Fan Cooler
     Form Factor: Plug-in Card
     Height: 4.72" (120 mm)
     Length: 10.91" (277 mm)
     Thickness: 1.59" (40.50 mm)
Processor & Chipset  
     Chipset Line: Radeon
     Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
     Chipset Model: HD 7870
     Chipset Series: HD 7000
     GPU Clock: 1.10 GHz
     Software Included:
  • MSI Live Update Series (Live Graphics Card BIOS & Live Graphics Card Driver)
  • MSI Graphics Card Driver
  • MSI StarOSD
  • MSI Dual Core Center
  • MSI Live
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft DirectX
  • Norton Internet Security 2008 60 days Trial

Technical Information  
     Analog Signal: Yes
     API Supported: OpenGL 4.2
DirectX 11.0
     Digital Signal: Yes
     HDCP Supported: Yes
     Maximum Resolution: 2560 x 1600
     Multi-GPU Technology: CrossFire
     RAMDAC Speed: 400 MHz
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year

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