MSI GeForce GTX 480 Lightning 1536 MB 42

MSI GeForce GTX 480 Lightning 1536 MB Review

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Today MSI introduces their new GeForce GTX 480 Lightning. It is based on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480 "Fermi", but promises better overclocking potential, less noise and improved power consumption. The card adds on the legacy of the previous Lightning cards like the GTX 275 Lightning and the HD 5870 Lightning. MSI has included several treats for overclockers like easy to reach voltage measurement points, dual BIOS and software control for three voltages.
Compared to the NVIDIA reference design the GPU clock has been increased by 50 MHz and the memory clock is up 75 MHz. Instead of the NVIDIA reference design, MSI has also completely revamped the PCB, using improved voltage controller circuitry, and uses their Twin Frozr III thermal solution. In terms of pricing the card is expected to retail around $550, which is a reasonable increase compared to $1000 overclocker cards like the ASUS ARES, for example.

HD 5850
GTX 470
HD 5870
GTX 480
480 Lightning
HD 5970
Shader units 144044816004804802x 1600
ROPs32403248482x 32
GPUCypressGF100CypressGF100GF1002x Cypress
Transistors2154M3200M2154M3200M3200M2x 2154M
Memory Size1024 MB1280 MB1024 MB1536 MB1536 MB2x 1024 MB
Memory Bus Width 256 bit 320 bit 256 bit 384 bit 384 bit 2x 256 bit
Core Clock725 MHz 607 MHz 850 MHz 700 MHz 750 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Clock1000 MHz 837 MHz 1200 MHz 924 MHz 1000 MHz 1000 MHz
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