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MSI Releases the Record-Breaking N480GTX Lightning Graphics Card to Market

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  1. btarunr

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    The Lightning graphics card series from the world-leading graphics card and mainboard manufacturer, MSI, has been receiving unanimous recognition from power users and major media worldwide. The new member of the series, N480GTX Lightning, is tailored for extreme overclocking. By the world's first Power4 architecture to provide sufficient and stable power, the OC potential of the N480GTX Lightning has been significantly increased. With its incredible core clock – 1450MHz, N480GTX Lightning created the new world record of 3DMark Vantage at 39281. Without a doubt, the N480GTX Lightning is, by far, the top graphics card designed for Extreme Overclocking.

    Furthermore, the N480GTX Lightning is equipped with a number of the latest MSI-exclusive features, including the Twin Frozr III thermal solution that maintains GPU temperature at 18°C lower than the reference thermal design; the GPU/Memory/PLL triple overvoltage functions by the Afterburner utility and the new-generation Military Class Components. In addition to showing MSI’s demand for continuous improvement, these state-of-the-art features bring consumers more powerful OC features beyond their imagination.

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    World's first Power4 Architecture for the most stable OC power
    Continuing the improvement of the power system in the previous version, the N480GTX Lightning features the industry-first Power4 Architecture to enhance the relevant design and material of four types of power supply. These include 16 Phase PWM design to provide three times more electricity for the GPU; the next-gen capacitor, Proadlizer, to significantly enhance signal stability; the industry-best MOSEFT, CopperMOS, to supply sufficient and stable power to the GPU and memory; and the uniquely designed 6-pin power connector to provide the pure power for memory. For either general users or extreme OC users, all these bring a more stable operating environment.

    The latest Twin Frozr III thermal design to lower 18℃ than the reference design
    MSI has won numerous awards for its Twin Frozr thermal solution since it was launched and the new N480GTX Lightning is equipped with the latest Twin Frozr III. In addition to the MSI-exclusive 8mm SuperPipe technology and two form-in-one heat-sinks as in all Twin Frozr thermal solutions, MIS has enlarge the size of the two PWN fans from 8cm to 9cm to provide more airflow. When working under full load, Twin Frozr III lowers the GPU temperature of the N480GTX Lightning 18℃ than the reference design and thereby enhances greater OC potential.

    Triple overvoltage (GPU/Memory/PLL) support to unleash OC potential
    In terms of software, the N480GTX Lightning is equipped with the MSI-exclusive Afterburner utility (V2.0.0). Users can adjust the GPU and memory clocks as well as the voltage of GPU/Memory/PLL2 to unleash the OC potential of the N480GTX Lightning totally. The triple overvoltage function boosts the OC performance of the N480GTX Lightning up to 34%3 more than the reference design and allows users to exert the best-ever performance of the N480GTX Lightning.

    Extreme OC performance to build the king of graphics cards
    The N480GTX Lightning even adapts the MSI-exclusive Extreme OC Functions to fulfill the hardware demand of power users. In addition to the V-Check Points and V-Switch for measuring and adjusting GPU/Memory/PLL voltage instantaneously, the Dual BIOS and XtremeCool can effectively prevent any potential problem under LN2 extreme overclocking. Moreover, the PWM Clock Tuner enables to raise the OC capability. All in All, the N480GTX Lightning is the king of graphics cards designed for extreme overclocking.

    Next-gen Military Class Components for superb quality and stability
    Apart from the industry-first power system, the best thermal design and the MSI-exclusive OC functions, the N480GTX Lightning is built with the select next-gen Military Class Components. These include the Hi-c CAP with a lifespan eight times longer than ordinary solid state capacitors, the SFC (Super Ferrite Choke) that enhances current flow by 30% and solid state capacitors with a lifespan of 10 years. With the top quality components, the N480GTX Lightning has longer product lifespan and best stability to build the best performance.

    For more information, visit the product page.
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  2. btarunr

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    Price is $550, reviewed here.
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    Wow 6+2 x2 and 1x 6 pin for power.......Nice card but that cooler look like it belongs on AMD cards.
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    I know everyone's enthusiastic about the hd6000 and the gtx580 but i just have to say, this card is friggin gorgeous and damn expensive.
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    the remarkable thing is the fact that it draws less power and is quieter than the reference gtx 480
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    freaksavior To infinity ... and beyond!

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    I agree! This looks amazing for a video card, but at $550, and 22 pins for power, no thanks.
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    Cool card, but does it really suck down more power than a single 5970? :wtf: Nvidia hasn't released an updated core to the GTX480 yet?
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Nice looking cooler:)


    It does actually lol:roll:
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    bad time to be buying a 480....
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    Your both just bias towards the colour :p
    Nvidia cards should have red on the coolers and AMD should have green :p

    On a more serious note i really like the look of this card and love the features, pcb layout, components, the vrm/memory heatsink plate.... hate the fact that even with such a big dual fan cooler it sill throttles back due to heat before it hits it's oc limit, this card is just begging for water.... or LN2 :rockout:
    CDdude55 says thanks.
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    I hope in 80 years you end up in a farm with 4 pigs and 27 cats for this blasphemy. lol
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    bear jesus New Member

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    :laugh::roll::laugh: your bias about the colours as well :p how do you know i would not love to live on a farm with some animals?.... ok i really would hate about 25 of the 27 cats and all of the pigs :laugh:

    Really nvidia and ati/amd could swap to pink and purple and i would not care who had what colour, it's all about the silicone :D

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