MSI N760 Hawk review: GeForce GTX 760 for overclocking

Comparison with four other GeForce GTX 760s.


Cooling and noise levels

After two rounds of Metro 2033, the drivers reported a temperature of 59 degrees, slightly higher than MSI's other GTX 760 we tested. It's good though, considering the high clock frequencies. Only the Inno3D card with the triple-slot cooler keeps the temperature lower.

We are using a new method for measuring the noise levels. Graphics cards were the last product group that we did not test in our sound-proof box. We are able to do that now, and measure the noise at a 10 cm distance both when the card is idle and when under load. The load test is performed during a 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme GT2 run, after running 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme for 10 minutes to warm up the card.

Idle, the new MSI card is as silent as the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC, producing 29.5 dB(A) of noise. That means you won't be able to hear it. Under load it remains very quiet, registering 37.6 dB(A) which is only slightly more than the other MSI card, but less than the cards from ASUS, EVGA and Inno3D.

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MSI N760 Hawk

Nvidia GeForce GTX 760, 1111 MHz, 2048 MB

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