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MSI GTX460 HAWK Talon Attack

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November 17, 2010 9:54:19 AM

Hi guys,

I've been looking around at GTX460s and I've come across MSI's newest superclocked HAWK Talon Attack which sports a nifty 810MHz GPU. Only thing is it's a bit more pricey than other 460 models and I was wondering if that extra overclock was worth the additional expense.

I can't find anything on the forums about the new MSI HAWK models, so does anybody know if they're worth it? The talon attack is currently available on scan.co.uk for £164. Clicky below.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-gtx-460-hawk-tal...
November 25, 2010 1:39:20 AM

+1 on worth every penny!! The talon attack can be overclocked higher than the cyclone AND will do it while staying about 5 to 10C cooler. This would be the card I would buy today. I have been researching video cards for months now and this is it!!!! SLI it and you will be close GTX580 performance for $150 US cheaper. I wouldnt give it a second thought. I think the price on this card is going to actually go up (just as the 6870/6850 cards did after AMD realized how good they actually are LOL) BUY BUY BUY :lol: 
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November 25, 2010 1:49:03 AM

The Talon Attack is a special card with a custom PCB, circuitry, and power features. It will O.C. higher than almost any 460 and it was specifically designed to do just that.

This is a review of the regular Hawk:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-460-hawk-...

The Talon Attack version goes even further:
"Dubbed the MSI N460GTX Hawk "Talon Attack" - no, really - the updated board retains the features and layout of the original but replaces the RAM with low-latency 0.4ns modules, allowing MSI to increase the factory-default overclock. The Nvidia Fermi GPU on the card now runs at 810MHz, while the memory clock is boosted to 3900MHz and the shaders clocked at an impressive 1620MHz. Extra speed means extra heat, of course. To counteract that, MSI has fitted the card with a Twin FrozR II twin-fan heatpipe-based cooler, which is rather a beast, so make sure you have room in your case before you put down any money on its latest card."
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2010/10/04/msi-la...
November 25, 2010 7:05:53 AM

Thanks for all the replies guys! I'm still torn between the cyclone and the hawk, but what it all boils down to is wether or not I think i can justify the extra expense. After all, I decided to buy a GTX460 because they seem to be pretty affordable while still being an immpressive upgrade to my system.

I'll have to shop around a bit to see if I can find any bargains.

Again, thanks for all the help guys.
November 27, 2010 4:09:47 PM

This post has been VERY helpful ive been putting a spec for a new comp together for a while now and im glad my choice to go for the MSI talon was a good one !! any1 know if theres a review of these cards in SLI around ??
November 27, 2010 11:28:41 PM

FYI, I got my Cyclones to almost 850 at stock voltages. If you plan on overclocking to the max then it appears the new Hawk is the best 460 currently available. If you plan on just doing normal overclocking the Cyclone is still a great option. Especially at todays prices. I have two Cyclones in SLI at stock speeds since I don't play any games that require them to run any faster at 1080p. I know when I do get a game that requires more power I can overclock the Cyclone's to 850 no problem. May even be able to hit 900mhz by raising the voltages.
December 2, 2010 12:38:42 PM

Colossus said:
Thanks for all the replies guys! I'm still torn between the cyclone and the hawk, but what it all boils down to is wether or not I think i can justify the extra expense. After all, I decided to buy a GTX460 because they seem to be pretty affordable while still being an immpressive upgrade to my system.

I'll have to shop around a bit to see if I can find any bargains.

Again, thanks for all the help guys.



The Hawk Talon Attack just went down in price again on Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 2, 2010 1:56:43 PM

Talon attack all the way my friend,

Mactronix :) 
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