To evaluate the MSI R6870 Hawk, we’ll be using our X58 setup with the following specifications:
Since the basic performance of the Radeon HD 6870 SKU has been established in our original Radeon HD 6800 series article and we've also furthered that with a Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire performance article, we've decided to cutback on the number of tests for this card rather than running the usual suite of benchmarking tests.
Also, since the MSI R6870 Hawk is touted for its overclocking ability, we will also present results of the card running in the highest overclocking state that we could attain to see how much more performance you can squeeze out of it.
Hence, key comparisons here will be the R6870 Hawk in its highest overclocking state, its stock state, and of course, a reference Radeon HD 6870. We’ve also included results of the HIS HD 6870 Turbo, the last factory overclocked Radeon HD 6870 card we tested. Apart from raw performance, we are also interested to see how effective the custom cooler on the R6870 Hawk is.
The list of cards tested and their driver versions:
The list of benchmark used are as follows:
The following benchmarks had measurements taken only at the card's stock clocks:-