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    Thumbs up Re: MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results

    All 3 copper VRM heatsinks are installed.
    Ceramique thermal paste requires 25 hours and several heating/cooling cycles to reach maximum effectiveness.

    A quick 925/4200 MSI Kombustor test with the copper heatsinks + 92mm PCB cooling fan looks promising:
    • My standard 10 minute test shows VRM temperatures on the back of the PCB are ~ 3.5o(C) cooler than with aluminum heatsinks.
    • A follow up 10 minute test 2 minutes later shows the VRM PCB temperatures are ~ 2.8o(C) cooler.
    • GPU temperatures were 60o(C) after the first test and 62o(C) after the second test completed.

    The remaining copper heatsink tests will be completed after my system has gone through several heating/cooling cycles.

    The new Arctic Cooling 92mm PWM case fan arrived, but it won't be installed until all eight copper heatsink tests have been completed.
    With the new fan installed, I plan to perform several additional tests with a custom (i.e. homemade) intake fan shroud connected to the 92mm PCB cooling fan which will draw in outside air using an unused optical drive bay.
    Last edited by profJim; 06-27-2011 at 05:55 PM. Reason: minor edit
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    Default Re: MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results

    Added eight test results to post #85 with three aftermarket copper heatsinks installed on the VRM chips.
    • Four tests are with the 92mm PCB cooling fan disabled.
    • Four tests are with the 92mm PCB cooling fan running at ~ 1150 - 1350 rpm using the Sys_Fan2 PWM fan header.
    The next test series will be with the new Arctic Cooling 92mm case fan installed, using a fan shroud to provide cooler room temperature air to the PCB cooling fan. Fan speed will be at full rpm, as the fan is virtually silent at full speed. The fan shroud will be an ultra low tech, homemade, and use cardboard wrapped with aluminum foil. This intake air duct will use one empty optical drive bay to provide cooler room temperature air. Photos of this (patent pending) contraption will be included with the test results, no matter how ugly it looks.
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    Thumbs up Re: MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results

    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack for $129.99 (plus $2.99 shipping) from Newegg AFTER $40.00 mail in rebate.
    Mail in rebate ends today, June 30, 2011, but might reappear next month.

    Check out: Newegg.com - MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 Video Card
    FWIW Department: The $132.98 net cost is only $8 more than I paid for my 7600GT card four years ago. Ain't progress great!!!

    July 1st update: New rebate period is now July 1st through July 8th, same price, shipping and $40 mail in rebate.
    Newegg might raise the current $169.99 Talon Attack price (before rebate) at any time or it might sell out.... snuz and you lose.

    ==> July 4th (7:30PM PDT): Hawk Talon Attack is "SOLD OUT".

    ==> July 7th (12:48 AM PDT): Hawk Talon Attack status is now "AUTO NOTIFY", details in post #96.

    ==> July 7th (3:55 AM PDT): Hawk Talon Attack status is now "DEACTIVATED" , details in post #97.
    (June 30th, 7:00 P.M. PDT) I just found this Newegg offer in my inbox and immediately ordered the Hawk Talon Attack.
    This card is virtually identical to my "vanilla" Hawk card and the Talon Attack's performance/overclocking should be about the same or somewhat better.

    • GPU/memory stock settings are 780/3600MHz for the Hawk and 810/3900MHz for the Hawk Talon Attack.
    • VRAM is somewhat faster (lower latency ) with the new card, and the memory should o/c a bit higher.

    Don't be fooled by some of the very early web reviews that claimed gpu speeds for the Talon Attack very close to 1000MHz. With the current +100mv gpu voltage limit, a 460 can overclock only so far. If I luck out and end up with better than average gpu/memory/components, I'll be happy if the new card is stable with about 950MHz gpu speeds.

    My original rebate check arrived 13 - 14 weeks after I submitted the MIR form.
    MSI states that the rebate check will arrive in 12 - 14 weeks after the end of the rebate's promotional period.
    Last edited by profJim; 07-07-2011 at 07:08 PM. Reason: update to MIR availability + minor editing
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    Thumbs up Re: MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results

    July 1st update: New rebate period is now July 1st through July 8th, same price, shipping and $40 mail in rebate.

    See post #93 for details.
    Last edited by profJim; 07-01-2011 at 07:13 PM.
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    Thumbs down Re: MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results

    ==> July 4th (7:30PM PDT): Hawk Talon Attack is "SOLD OUT".
    Usually there is an AUTO NOTIFY button where it now says SOLD OUT. Maybe there will be more available, maybe not.

    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results-msi-n460gtx-hawk-talon-attack-sold-jpg
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    Thumbs up Re: MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results

    ==> July 7th (12:48 AM PDT): Hawk Talon Attack status is now "AUTO NOTIFY".
    It's first come, first served, sign up ASAP if you want the Hawk.
    There is no guarantee as to when it will be available, how many will arrive, and the selling price and/or shipping charges might change.
    The current rebate program ends on Friday, July 8th.

    There might be another rebate program available by the time the new cards arrive.

    note the current $10 higher selling price and higher shipping charges, these might go up or down by the time the cards arrive!!

    If a rebate is available when the cards arrive, less than $150 for the Hawk or Hawk Talon Attack is still an excellent price for a top tier GTX 460 card.

    From Newegg:
    Please Note: Due to limited supply, all stock is sold on a first-come first-serve basis.
    Auto notify does not guarantee availability or price.
    All prices are subject to change without notice.

    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results-msi-gtx460-hawk-talon-attack-auto-notify-status-jpg
    Last edited by profJim; 07-07-2011 at 06:46 PM. Reason: added price information
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    Thumbs down Re: MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results

    I give up ....
    ==> July 7th (3:55 AM PDT): Hawk Talon Attack status is now "DEACTIVATED".

    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results-msi-n460gtx-hawk-talon-attack-deactivated-jpg
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    Default Re: MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results

    Thursday, July 5th, 6:20 AM (PDT)
    I just got off the phone with Newegg customer service and it looks like the Hawk Talon Attack probably won't be sold by Newegg anymore.
    Newegg will send me an auto-email notification if the Talon Attack card is for sale again in the future.

    Doing some quick web pricing, the Hawk T/A is currently selling for ~ $200+ at other e-tailers.
    Some of the lower priced GTX 560 cards are selling for about $190 - $220.

    OK, it's time for me to get back to the GFX fan shroud building and temperature testing, followed by some Hawk T/A benchmarks and VRM temperature stress tests.
    The last set of tests will be with a dual Hawk SLI setup using my ancient N650SLI-DS4 mobo.
    Last edited by profJim; 07-07-2011 at 09:38 PM.
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    Thumbs up Re: MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results

    My new MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack video card arrived.
    A quick and dirty Heaven v2.5 benchmark using:
    • default benchmark settings
    • gpu=925MHz and memory=4200MHz speeds
    • 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
    • additional heatsinks are not installed
    easily completed the test with 49o (C) maximum gpu temperature.

    With my "vanilla" Hawk, 900MHz was the highest gpu setting that could complete this test, unless I used a lower screen resolution or lowered the Anisotropy setting to 2. As I recall, 910 or 915MHz was the fastest speed with these somewhat lower test settings.

    I'll be using the new Talon card while I finish building the PCB cooling air intake fan shroud and test/tweak the shroud setup.
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    Default Re: MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) Overclocking Results

    It'd be interesting to find out how well SLI holds up at the raggedy edge of overclocking. You can set asynchronous clocks with SLI too.

    Perhaps this is the "tipping point" reason for an upgrade to socket 1156/1155? A P55A/P67A-UD4 would be the ideal. 8x/8x SLI with all the core features and none of the unnecessary bells and whistles. Couple that with an i5 (750, 760 or 2500K) and you'll have a hell of a lot to play with. :) I bet there'd be some good deals on eBay for the slightly older 1156 gear, which would still blow your Core 2 out of the water.

    You'd get some useful info on how CPU architecture and clockspeed combined can influence both a high-mid end single card and a GTX 580 beating SLI config.

    Who knows, we might get you into gaming as a hobby too. :) Grab a Steam account and take advantage of the current sales. Dead Space 2 for 10, X3 Terran Conflict (good CPU limited game to bench) for 5, and You can guarantee the Crysis games will be on sale soon too. Last day of the sale today though (Sunday).
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    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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