Thursday, July 16th 2009

MSI N260GTX Lightning Strikes 1.1 GHz Core Clock Speed Mark

It looks like MSI's beating the drums about military-grade superiority of its N260GTX Lightning over its competitors has finally come to bear some fruit. Renowned enthusiast hipro5 from Greece set a new GPU core clock-speed record for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, with a stress-stable 1100 MHz, with its shader domain clocked at 2205 MHz. Aided with an Intel Core i7 975 XE clocked at 5.57 GHz (HTT disabled, 4 GB DDR3 memory clocked at 2064 MHz DDR), the bench stood Aquamark with scores of 392,063 points (GPU score: 71,955, CPU: 40,070). The score validation can be found here The memory of the graphics card remained at its stock frequency of 999 MHz. The same bench at slightly lower speeds of 1070/2205/999 MHz (core/shader/memory), ran 3DMark03 stable, scoring 73461 points. The stock cooler of the N260GTX however, was excluded from this feat. The HWBot record reveals that the graphics card was cooled using a liquid-nitrogen (LN2) cooler.

Source: Expreview
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38 Comments on MSI N260GTX Lightning Strikes 1.1 GHz Core Clock Speed Mark

#1
Meecrob
BUT Will It Blend

On a side note, I am considering their OCv4 card as my next videocard :)
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#2
BrooksyX
Dang, thats a crazy good OC. Probably required tons of LN2 to keep that thing cool.
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#3
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
When I first seem that I thought MSI brought that out for retail :o
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#4
werez
LN2 right ...
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#5
erocker
I was believing 1100mhz core speed was being achieved on the stock cooler up until the last sentence...
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#6
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
Yeah that kind of ruined the incredibleness of the overclock. While impressive nonetheless its on LN2 :(
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#7
AltecV1
how is this plusible?it had to have some mega overvolts going on:eek:
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#8
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
vmods more than likely.
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#10
neo1231
Lol

by: AltecV1
how is this plusible?it had to have some mega overvolts going on:eek:
with advancing technologies and even smaller fabrication sizes it is plausible without the overvolt, when certain metals get to a certain temperature the conduct alot better allowing for higher speeds. i think i remember seeing the new amd twkr CPU can reach like over 5GHZ with stock voltage!


http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/510-8-amd-phenom-twkr.html

1.44v at 5.8GHZ at -187
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#11
AltecV1
i cant wait for 40nm gpus!they are going to real oc-ers:D but when companies start to release stuff like that,then it shows that there is no new tech on the gpu market,so they try to different them selfs with those Hyper OC cards!and that is just sad:(
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#12
raptori
by: DrPepper
When I first seem that I thought MSI brought that out for retail :o
yea same with me ........ all in all superb over.
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#13
MAC292OH10
GTX260@1.1ghz on LN2 = :respect:...any GTX26@1.1ghz TRI_SLI systems out there???

almost got confused and thought it was achieved on the MSI fitted air cooling, damn near ordered 2 until i read the article....:laugh:
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#14
largon
The card had not just 1, not 2, nor 3 mods but 7 different soldered mods done on it for this bench.
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#15
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: largon
The card had not just 1, not 2, nor 3 mods but 7 different soldered mods done on it for this bench.
Cool do you know where they all were ? I thought maybe two at most.
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#16
Steevo
Wow, this is a feat of persistance and prbably a large sum of money from Nvidia.
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#18
largon
by: Bjorn_Of_Iceland
very misleading..
You actually thought this 1.1GHz was stock?
by: DrPepper
Cool do you know where they all were ? I thought maybe two at most.
I'd venture a guess these are what he did:
1. vGPU mod
2. vMEM vDD mod
3. vMEM vDDQ mod
4. OCP mod
5. OVP mod
6. recapping
7. choke overhaul
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#19
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
by: largon
You actually thought this 1.1GHz was stock?
Yes. lol. first thing that popped in my mind. haha
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#20
djisas
No big deal...
You can get ati's running at 1GHz out of the store on air...
Can that beat one 1GHz HD4890??
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#21
btarunr
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by: largon

1. vGPU mod
2. vMEM vDD mod
3. vMEM vDDQ mod
4. OCP mod
5. OVP mod
6. recapping
7. choke overhaul
The memory stayed at 999 MHz. Does it need vMEM mods?
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#22
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: djisas
No big deal...
You can get ati's running at 1GHz out of the store on air...
Can that beat one 1GHz HD4890??
Yes.

The reason why more is not always faster is because of the architectural differences between the two core's. Hell I'd venture to say that this 260 is faster than a 4870X2 at stock. Anyway an example would be that a GTX260 is faster than a 4870 despite the difference in clock speed 575 versus the 4870's 750mhz.
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#23
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
by: djisas
No big deal...
You can get ati's running at 1GHz out of the store on air...
Can that beat one 1GHz HD4890??
you cant go 1:1 based on clocks only. You still stuck in the 90s?
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#24
djisas
by: Bjorn_Of_Iceland
you cant go 1:1 based on clocks only. You still stuck in the 90s?
Guess the reason is that the G200 core is more powerful, more transistors, etc, but due to its higher complexity its clocks are more limited than in ati which uses a lighter core that can go a little faster than the heavy nvidea one, but to do that they need to increase their speed to remain competitive, like comparing American muscle car against European or Japanese car, while the American is all muscle the other is all technology but need turbos and nitrous to keep up with the american...
An easy way of seeing things i guess...
Still id like to see comparisons and id like someone trying to OC the hell out of an HD4890
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#25
largon
Add to that, the "european car" also costs ½ of the "american car" to make, yet it performs so well it can directly compete with the "american car".
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