MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II Review
New technology. It's what we live for. The thing we love. No matter what field you're interested in the release of the next generation is always a mouth-watering prospect. From HDTV to SSDs our life is nearly always better for the addition of the latest thing.
This does however, as always, come with a price. The price of early adoption, which not only involves paying a literal higher price, but usually having a product that isn't quite as refined as it should be.
Such is the case with the 'Fermi', or GTX4xx, series of cards from nVidia. As always with nVidia product the performance is absolutely stunning. The big downfall, besides the price, is the woeful stock cooler. The GTX480 suffered fairly badly, but as the premium model there are always little niggles. The one we were all being really hopeful for was the middle model. The 470/465. After all if the cooler wasn't good enough for the big boy, then it should be excellent for the lower powered model.
Unfortunately as we recently saw, when nVidia released the GTX465 they also decided to give it a very bog standard cooler that meant the lower performance of the GTX465 was coupled to the lower performance of the cooler to give something exactly as hot as the GTX480.
Enter MSI. As regular readers will know MSI have a cooler they label the "Twin Frozr". This is a huge heat-pipe and twin 80mm fan beast that can cool almost anything. They've paired this up with the GTX465 to give us the N465GTX Twin Frozr II. A card that promises to finally deliver the potential of the Fermi core without the insane heat. Hopefully we might even get some overclocking out of it.
|Graphics Engine||GeForce GTX 465|
|Bus Standard||PCI Express x16 2.0|
|Memory Interface||256 bits |
|Core Clock Speed(MHz)||607|
|Memory Clock Speed(MHz)||3206|
|Texture Fill Rate(billion/sec)||N/A|
|D-SUB Output||2(optional, via DVI to D-Sub adaptor)|
|HDMI-Output||2(optional, via DVI to HDMI adaptor)|
|Display Ouput(Max Resolution)||2560x1600|
|DirectX Version Support||11|
|OpenGL Version Support||4.0|
|Card Dimension(mm)||243 x 111 x 33|
According to the MSI website the combination of their excellent Afterburner software and the Twin Frozr II cooler should enable 15% overclocking!! So amazing is the thought of this it definitely needs two exclamation marks.
Let's take a look at the Twin Frozr II.