Leading graphics card and systems’ manufacturer MSI is ready with a GeForce GTX 580 graphics card under its HydroGen series. The card is slated for release later in the month and should come overclocked out-of-the-box to appeal to enthusiasts.
According to the report by TC Magazine, the new card is a fully tweaked version of the reference GeForce GTX 580 GPU from NVIDIA. For starters, MSI has upped the clocks on the card to attain running speeds of 823 MHz and 1645 MHz respectively for the core and shader. These are significantly higher than the reference clock speeds of 772 MHz and 1544 MHz respectively. The card comes equipped with 512 CUDA Cores and boasts of 1536MB of GDDR5 VRAM memory on a 384-bit interface, said memory clocked at 4276 MHz.
In addition to being factory overclocked, the MSI N580GTX HydroGen/OC card also sports a big water block. The all-copper cooling system comes with a micro-channel design waterblock that can be instantly connected to an external liquid cooling system. It is claimed that this setup keeps the N580GTX card cooler than the reference models by up to 24 degrees Celsius.
Among other specifications, MSI has gone with 3-way SLI support and provided one 6-pin and one 8-pin connectors for the card’s additional power requirements. Also in evidence are PCIe connectors, and two DVI and HDMI outputs each. MSI has started accepting pre-orders for the card in Europe at a price of €563.
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