Yes, its back.
MSI “Lightning” Edition videocards.
The 1st card was a variant of the GTX260 family,
using a 216SP core called N260GTX Lightning Black Edition.
Now its back with the GTX275 edition :
MSI N275GTX Lightning Edition
It has the same number of stream processors as the GTX285 model.
Only difference is that it has a 448bit mem bus compare to the 285′s
512bit mem bus.
This card though, as with all [B][I]Lightning[/I][/B] models,
comes with 1792mb of high speed DDR3.
It comes with a default speed of :
700mhz core / 1150mhz mem
Check out box and accessories.
Less elaborate this time.
Which is a good idea, save cost on unnecessary stuff i feel.
See previous N260GTX Lightning packaging
Comes in a more regular retail packaging now.
Hah! There’s even a HDMI cable inside.
Lightning Afterburner s/w spotted.
Voltage reading point connectors inside as well.
(Similar to the P55-GD80.)
The card looks much nicer than its previous 260 brother.
10(8+2) phase power as well.
Spotting a newer and better looking cooler,
with larger fans as well.
Noticed that it has 2 larger pipes on the outer sides
as compared to its N260GTX brother.
See below :
My humble test platform/setup :
Msi P55 GD-80
Gskill Trident 16000 C9
WD 150GB Velociraptor
TRU120E Copper LE w/120mm fan
Some stock performance on 06 and Vantage :
Cpu @ 4018mhz.
Burning and stressing it :
One thing’s for sure, the cooler is very silent.
I tried testing how far this card could go on default vGPU, 1.0665v
Hmm… seriously, its not too shabby.
See below :
Yes, 790mhz on the core easily.
Ran 06 and Vantage.
Not too bad so far.
I raised the vGPU to 1.1415v max on the s/w.
This is all still using the stock gpu cooler.
The Afterburner s/w only allows a max of 1200mhz mem on it.
Its alright ‘coz there’s still Riva-tuner
though I didn’t use it…
This what I got :
830mhz core / 1200mhz ram
Not bad right?
If u had been considering a 1GB GTX285 for your rig all this while,
maybe you’ll wanna think twice this time round.
The N275GTX Lightning was also used in the recent
MSI’s Master Overclocking Arena 2009 where many were running it
@ 1100mhz++ on the core using extreme cooling.
Ok then, that’s about all from me.
Thanks to everyone for viewing.
Until next time.