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Friday, 22 October 2010 10:49

MSI officially launches its N480GTX Lightning

Written by Slobodan Simic
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The meanest Fermi around

Although it was detailed at last MSI MOA (Master Overclocking Arena) finals, MSI has now officially launched its latest Lightning series card, the N480GTX Lightning. Based on Nvidia's GF100 GPU, this beast brings an improved PCB design, Twin Frozr III cooler and is aimed purely at overclocking enthusiasts, especially those that are not afraid to meddle with LN2.

The card works 750MHz for the GPU and comes with 1536MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4000MHz. It features 480 CUDA Cores clocked at 1401MHz. The Twin Frozr III cooler has two 90mm fans, two 8mm heatpipes and should be quite enough to keep this beast well cooled.

The card can brag with 16-phase VRM design, Military Class components, Dual BIOS, Proadlizer capacitors and DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort gold-plated outputs. Bear in mind that in order to run this beast, you'll need two 8-pin and one 6-pin PCI-Express power connector.

Back during MOA, the card was capable of scoring P39281, which is actually a 3DMark Vantage record, of course, under LN2 cooling.

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+1 #1 robert3892 2010-10-22 11:44
I hope someone does a review of this item soon as I'd like to know what the noise levels are with those two fans
 
 
+8 #2 Nerdmaster 2010-10-22 14:16
Quoting robert3892:
I hope someone does a review of this item soon as I'd like to know what the noise levels are with those two fans


They are lower than reference designs even with the overclock.
 
 
+7 #3 jazzman09 2010-10-22 19:36
So this is the Vantage record holder? Congrats to MSI
 
 
+3 #4 twistedneck 2010-10-22 20:15
I like this card a lot, but why come out with it now when the 580 is just around the corner? maybe if the cooler bolts right on to gtx 580, and they sell the cooling system seperate.. hmm.
 
 
+4 #5 loadwick 2010-10-23 02:53
yeah MSI has done a fine job with this card. They hold the record because they got Fermi's core clock stable at an unbelievable 1450mhz!

The annoying thing is that the vast majority of extra costs of this card over reference cards will be purely R&D and mold set ups etc. If nVidia used those components and that cooler from day one with all their GTX480's then i truly believe we would talk about Fermi in a totally different light today. E.g. It wouldn't be hot as that cooler lowers the temp over 18 degrees compared to the reference cooler, its alot quieter and with the super smooth power delivery its a great overclocker or better yet nVidia would have been able to release the cards at a much higher stock core speed.
 

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