Monday, May 4th 2009

MSI Unveils N285GTX HydroGen Graphics Card

Along with the shiny new laptops, MSI today took the wraps off their latest N285GTX HydroGen graphics card powered by the 55 nm NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 GPU series. As you have probably figured it out from the pictures, the card is equipped with an all-copper full-cover watercooling solution, specifically designed to fit in a single slot and make possible overclocking the GPU and memory components to 702 MHz (648 MHz stock) and 2600 MHz (2484 MHz stock) respectively. The card is also equipped with 1024 MB of 512-bit GDDR3 memory. No other specific characteristics have been mentioned at the time of this publication. MSI is also mum on the pricing and availability date.


Micro-Star International (MSI), global brand manufacturer of high-end graphics cards and professional mainboard, today announced their latest N285GTX HydroGen graphics cards series. The MSI N285GTX is equipped with the exclusive all-copper Micro Channel water cooling. This solution provides the lowest operating temperature while staying absolutely calm, is a scarcely seen high-end solution for GTX285 powered graphics cards on today's market.

All-Copper, Dramatically Reducing Temperature
When purchasing a new high-end graphics card, the overclocking capability is the major consideration, this is especially true with the N285GTX graphics chip which is done in a new manufacturing process. Therefore, in using an advanced high-efficiency cooling system you will be able to squeeze even that last bit of performance out of the graphics card. MSI continues using the industry leading Micro Channel water cooling technology that had been setting new standard already with the previous X38 and N280GTX series, utilizing an all-copper water cooling tank made of lathe-processed sub-millimeter sized copper. With this extra thin water cooling tank the N285GTX HydroGen’s heat dissipation efficiency even beats competitors’ with a double-sized conductor body.

In real life field tests under full load the MSI N285GTX HydroGen with its Micro Channel water cooling managed to decrease heat emission by more than 40% when compared to conventional fan cooled graphics cards of the same product level.

MSI’s exclusive HydroGen Micro Channel water cooling by far exceeds cooling efficiency of regular air cooling fans and therefore gives overclockers much more room to fully indulge in the technical challenge of overclocking voltages and bus speeds to the maximum. Since with the MSI N285GTX HydroGen those respective heat issues are a thing of the past.

1-Slot Design, Revolutionizing Craft
The Micro Channel and all-copper design offer great cooling efficiency as well as improved installation convenience. As MSI insists on using a 1-Slot solution this also reduces the actual weight of the graphics card whereby weight pressure on the slot is minimized and the graphics board won’t bend anymore either. And the all-copper water tank design offers increased heat transfer efficiency in comparison with other solutions out in the market. For power users and gaming enthusiasts using 2-way or even 3-way SLI the MSI N286GTX HydroGen brings about a maximum of installation convenience. As you don’t have to worry about a lack of space between the PCI-E slots on your mainboard any more, and therefore wouldn’t be able to use water cooled graphics solutions.

ISO Standard Size Pipe Thread Design – match all standard
The MSI N285GTX HydroGen uses the internationally accepted G ¼ Inch (DIN ISO 228-1) standard for the water tank pipe thread. Different from other manufactures who are applying a closed and self-contained system, this utilization of the DIN ISO standard pipe thread doesn’t only help to save money for consumables such as pumps, water pipes, cooling liquid etc., but also offers full compatibility for existing and additional upgrade water cooling systems.
Source: MSI
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15 Comments on MSI Unveils N285GTX HydroGen Graphics Card

#1
Zehnsucht
Why do they bother using a single slot cooling solution if they still use the double slot brackets? :banghead:

And the block looks suspiciously like a copy of the design of HK's blocks:
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#2
h3llb3nd4
Wonder if they'll get sued:ohwell:
I suppose I'll only buy it if I have a Loop:P
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#3
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Lol yeah that is just retarted ^^. A single slot solution but uses two slots for back panel
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#4
3870x2
by: Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Lol yeah that is just retarted ^^. A single slot solution but uses two slots for back panel
new to cooling? This saves space, it is less bulky, even though it uses 2 brackets (because it is heavy)
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#5
h3llb3nd4
and more airflow if you have those generic back plates without ventilation holes
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#6
Zehnsucht
by: 3870x2
new to cooling? This saves space, it is less bulky, even though it uses 2 brackets (because it is heavy)
Well, the thing I reacted on was all the yay 1-slot cooling when almost every WC block nowadays are single slot. In addition to that you have to hunt down a single slot bracket if you want to use two next each other.
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#7
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
It sucks to mention this, but if you were to get it, you could just dremel half of it off.
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#8
Hayder_Master
not only card with water cool , but also nice look water block
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#9
TheMailMan78
Big Member
That ogre on the cover is from their 790GX gaming boards. I wonder why they put it on an Nvidia GPU. You would think they'd use something different. Sexy looking card none the less.
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#10
SNiiPE_DoGG
lol, clearly watercool eK made this block for MSI, you really think MSI has any idea how to make a waterblock? :rofl:
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#11
mlee49
It's nice to see manufactures selling cards with blocks already installed. Would love to see some comparision between this and the Heatkiller mentioned in post #2.
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#12
icon1
i would still go for the nickel/acetal full cover blocks from EK..
IMHO :)
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#13
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Yeah.. copper tends to have that layer of color overtime when heated water is ran through them.. lowering its efficiency.
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#14
h3llb3nd4
and that's when it tells you "you need to change your graphics card!!"
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