MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II Review
If we've learnt anything here at OC3D Towers it's that synthetic performance and real-world performance are two very different things.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Electronic Arts shooter is one of the best of recent times, taking the crown from Call of Duty as the military shooter of choice and with good reason.
So it proves that in actual games the results are a lot closer than they were in our synthetic tests, but oddly it's actually the 5850 that has got closer to the stock 465s. The MSI Twin Frozr II is, in overclocked trim, still romping off into the distance and is the only card on test here that breaks the 60FPS barrier. For a game with this amount of detail at these IQ settings that's no small feat.
Cryteks effort has always favoured the nVidia cards over their ATI cousins thanks to its heavy use of Physx. It proves to be the case here again with the reference card sneaking into third place for the first time. MSI still take home the gold and silver medals though with our overclocked model 8 frames per second better than the stock N465GTX. Impressive.
Every time we benchmark Dirt 2 we mention how it's so well optimised it doesn't react as hugely as other games to the extra performance that you can obtain from some hardware. It does however seem especially well suited to the MSI 465. At stock speeds it's been just ahead of the reference model, but here the difference is clearer. When overclocked it's a different card entirely, flying past the chequered flag with a healthy lead over the rest of the field.