Reviewed: MSI GTX760 HAWK

Test Setup

I tested the MSI GTX760 HAWK on our ASUS Maximus VI Gene Test Bench as listed below for all of the benchmarking but also ran it through its paces when testing the ASUS Z87 Gryphon motherboard and the Thermaltake Core V71 case. For the purpose of the test results, the Maximus VI Gene was the test bench used. the configuration of the test bench can be seen below.

CPU i5-4670K
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile – Black (4x4GB)
Case Lian Li Pitstop T60
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 2TB & Samsung EVO 250GB SSD
Power Supply Corsair HX850
Graphics Cards Gigabyte GTX670 OC 2GB Windforce3
Gigabyte Stock GTX 580
Audio Logitech G430 Gaming Headset
Network Direct connection to the cable modem &
Shared Gigabit connection via Netgear WNDR3700
Optical Samsung SATA2 BluRay drive
OS Windows 8.1

Test Methods

As time goes on, we will be adding more cards to the list but for now, we have to bench test what we have available.

There are two distinct types of testing that we do for graphics cards:

  • Benchmark testing where we use a scripted or specific benchmark utility that has no user interaction other than setting the graphics properties and hitting ‘start’. The utility then gives us a report of the relevant statistics.
  • Subjective testing where we try to execute the same passage of gameplay from a save game or checkpoint with FRAPS running to a log file. This is less reproducible and more prone to variation so we declare this differently. The comparison between cards in the subjective section means less than the true benchmarks but it does provide a good indication of what you would see when gaming with each card.

We also only graph the average frame rates but include the minimum and maximum in the tables for reference. Minimum and maximum frame rates can be misleading, especially on subjective type test runs.


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