MSI N460GTX Hawk - Hunter or Hunted?

Thanks to its high overclocking potential the MSI GTX 460 Hawk is actually a competitive alternative to the GTX 470. AMD releasing the new Radeon 6870 has shaken things up a bit, however. We test whether the Hawk can stand its ground.

MSI is trying to establish a success story: Building on the success of the Radeon HD 5770 Hawk, the N460GTX Hawk is a card with great overclocking potential, which, when fully utilized, reaches performance close to that of the more expensive GTX 470. Then AMD launches the new Radeon HD 6870 aimed for the upper market segment, and over night the regular Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 finds itself beaten in most areas (check out our take on the Radeon HD 6870).

Are the hyped genes of the Hawk enough to make this Nvidia product considered an alternative to the more expensive (for now) AMD Radeon HD 6870? We spend the following pages finding that out, because that comparison is just as interesting as this rather remarkable interpretation of the GeForce GTX 460.