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MSI Unveils the Water Cooling-Ready N480GTX HydroGen Graphics Card


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MSI is readying the high-end HydroGen variant of its GeForce GTX 480 graphics card that is built for water-cooling. It comes with a factory-fitted full-coverage copper water block that cools the GF100 GPU, the 12 memory chips, and the VRM, which make for the bulk of the card's heat producing parts. Internally, the block uses a micro-fin channel over the GPU area to increase surface area of heat dissipation. The block is ready for the G 1/4" threads.

Besides the water block, the card sticks to reference speeds with 700 MHz core, 1401 MHz CUDA cores, and 3696 MHz memory. Like every other GTX 480 card, it packs 480 CUDA cores, and addresses 1,536 MB of memory across a 384-bit wide GDDR5 interface. UK-based store Scan.co.uk listed the graphics card for £445.89 (incl. VAT), which amounts to US $694.

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Looks like HK work...
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False advertising!
They should have depicted how it really will be... with steam gushing out the side through the pressure-control valve, not being covered in ice, LOL!:laugh:
J/K ;)
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Should be a good block then as HK is pretty damn good. I wish they would have offered it in OC speeds, but at least this way each individual will get better results than what MSI would have put on there.
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it is in the "Mood" that big brand sell waterblocks [ or mostly because of fans noise ] , evga do the same .
one problem is that according to the picture the card uses the 2 slots pci bracket while one should be enough :pimp:
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yep watercool heatkiller block for sure
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it is in the "Mood" that big brand sell waterblocks [ or mostly because of fans noise ] , evga do the same .
one problem is that according to the picture the card uses the 2 slots pci bracket while one should be enough :pimp:
Cheaper for them to just use the tons of 2 slot brackets they already use for their other cards.


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From what I saw mlee49 post of the HK he wanted for his 470, those blocks look super restrictive inside. Wonder if this is actually a good move?


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