MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II Review

Introduction and Technical Specs

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.

Technical Specifications

Graphics Engine GeForce GTX 465
Bus Standard PCI Express x16 2.0
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size(MB) 1024
Memory Interface 256 bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz) 607
Memory Clock Speed(MHz) 3206
Memory Bandwidth(GB/sec) 102.6
Texture Fill Rate(billion/sec) N/A
DVI Output 2
D-SUB Output 2(optional, via DVI to D-Sub adaptor)
TV-Output N/A
HDMI-Output 2(optional, via DVI to HDMI adaptor)
Mini HDMI-Output 1
DisplayPort N/A
Mini DisplayPort N/A
VIVO(Video-in/out) N/A
HDTV Support N/A
HDCP Support Y
Dual-link DVI Y
HDMI Support Y
Display Ouput(Max Resolution) 2560x1600
DirectX Version Support 11
OpenGL Version Support 4.0
CrossFire Support N/A
SLI Support Y
HyperMemory Tech. N/A
3-way SLI Y
TurboCache tech. N/A
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.

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Most Recent Comments

18-08-2010, 12:54:14

Heavens to megatroid ! What a card !!

In all honesty Tom I was just about to quote your reply and say -

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

MSI have bolted their brilliant Twin Frozr II cooler to the nVidia GTX465. Does it manage to keep this beast under control?

Amazing stuff by MSI there. This really is quite annoying though because Nvidia should be sorting the cooling out. I can not believe they recycled their 200 series coolers for Fermi. Who'd have thunk MSI could pull off something quite so miraculous with a cooler eh?


Edit. Again enormous thanks to VB for putting this one through the wringer.

Oh and -

Originally Posted by VB View Post
It is an absolute thing of beauty.
This time around I totally agree. It's gorgeous.Quote

18-08-2010, 16:13:17

What a great card the performance level is similar to a 470 and the temp 72 c really nice so another fantastic design from MSI.


18-08-2010, 16:31:15

Even I had to double check and ask Veebs if it was correct, gobsmacked it came out that good tbh.Quote

18-08-2010, 17:24:09

Cripes .... once a price is released this will be seriously considered!

lets hope the MSI guys don't read this review and stick a hefty price on it.

Nice work chaps, great review as always...

oh btw when it goes back MSI have changed address to


attn Mr. Lasher

27 .....


18-08-2010, 18:37:23

What an awesome card! Didn't see that one coming!Quote

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