MSI today (8 August 2013) announced the Geforce GTX760 Hawk, the company’s fastest GTX760 yet and the highest factory-clocked model released by an Nvidia partner to date.
MSI South Africa has announced that the card will be available locally, but a retail price has not been determined. Local availability dates have not been announced.
The GTX760 Hawk is a new addition to the Hawk family, MSI’s lineup of budget-friendly mainstream graphics cards with a bit of their special sauce added.
The GTX760 Hawk features a revamped cooler design called TwinFrozr IV Advanced, with two 100mm fans with redesigned impellers, a card shroud and paint job from the Lightning family, a new heatsink design that promises to drop temperatures by at least 10°C, and a neat little picture of the Stealth plane that inspired the card’s name – the Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk.
The Hawk has a number of high-end features usually reserved for the Lightning family, including dual BIOS accessed by a switch located near the SLI fingers. The Hawk can be set up in a quad-SLI array, but requires a beefier power supply than normal because the card needs two 8-pin PEG power connectors. This isn’t your usual GTX760 at all.
MSI also includes a few more enthusiast features as well. On the end of the card there are three voltage measuring points that use a multi-meter, and the BIOS switch will allow the card to operate in “LN2 mode” (liquid nitrogen), which provides much higher overclocking frequencies when cooling the card to sub-zero temperatures. The voltage points allow you to measure GPU, memory and PLL voltages.
The Hawk is also an interesting showcase of what MSI may be planning for the GTX780 Lightning, due for a release later this month according to a teaser trailer revealed by MSI.