Okay, pictures first. On this page you can see the MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK edition, a 2GB card.
Included with all cards will be a manual and a demo and driver CD, power converters and monitor connector converters to get your multi-monitor freak on. Let's have a look at that:
We see a nice dark/blue looking card from MSI. The close to 3 billion-transistor 28nm Pitcairn based core is tied to a nice 2GB memory -- which is plenty enough for midrange products. As stated, all the regulars are included, including handy to use connectors for digital multi-meter voltage monitoring.
The reference Radeon HD 7870 cards are clocked at a 1000 MHz core frequency and the GDDR5 memory runs at 4.8 Gbps (effective data rate as GDDR5 has a quad data-rate, so effectively that quadruples that number), the memory bus is 256-bit.
The MSI 7870 HAWK cards are however clocked 100 MHz faster at 1100 MHz. The memory clock remains reference though.
Here we can see the backside, the cards will fit pretty much any chassis. Obviously rather visible is the blue round GPU reactor. The GPU reactor functions as a power supply module which, when installed on the back of the GPU increases current volume by 88%, reduces power supply noise by 13%, and should improve overall overclocking stability. It actually is an add-on board which you can remove.
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