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MSI N760 Hawk preview: The GeForce GTX 760 made for overclocking

MSI has launched a new graphics card in its lauded Hawk series. The new Hawk is based on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 and overclocked, but with the potential to go even faster.

MSI has two series of graphics cards aimed at overclockers. For the avid overclocker interested only in achieving the highest possible scores, there's the Lightning. It typically has the fastest GPU currently on the market, and comes with a hefty pricetag. For overclockers that can't spend as much money, there's the Hawk. It's built around a mid-range GPU, but is equipped with a custom PCB, OC features and a special cooler.

While it's based on the GeForce GTX 760, MSI has taken it further than we've seen before. Let's start with the PCB. MSI has increased the number of power supply phases for the GPU to six, and two for the video memory. It's an 8-layer PCB, which should ensure optimal efficiency for how the power and signals are routed. Power is supplied by two 8-pin PEG connectors, which are different from the 6-pin PEG connectors on the standard GTX 760. The PCB supports triple overvoltage, which means that in the MSI Afterburner software you can change the voltages for the GPU, memory and PLL.

You can measure the three voltages with a multimeter from the three V-Check Points. They're equipped with practical connectors, so you can just plug in the cables from your multimeter. There's a small switch for changing between the two BIOS, one is standard and one is intended for use with sub-zero (LN2) cooling. The card features Military Class 4 components, including Hi-C capacitors and SFC chokes.

MSI has overclocked the N760 Hawk. The standard GeForce GTX 760 has a GPU running at 980MHz with a 1,033MHz Boost clock. You can read the rest of MSI N760 Hawk preview on