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Old 17th Sep 2010, 12:45   #1
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Old 17th Sep 2010, 12:51   #2
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I just dont like cooler's that dump all the heat into the case its counter productive IMO.
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Ahem yes. Edit that one quickly
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Old 17th Sep 2010, 13:06   #4
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Kudos to MSI to make this beautiful piece of engineering for just 550$... and not milk the cow, like some others :P
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Old 17th Sep 2010, 13:07   #5
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looks ok, could do with some work on the cooler though
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If MSI wanted the TwinFrozr III cooler to be for everyone, we'd expect a card with a standard PCB and a TwinFrozr III cooler
Interesting to see that they haven't got that option.
A GTX480 that's actually, well, decently cooled WOULD be nice.

Howcome NVidia isn't adressing the ridiculous heat and power numbers of the GTX480?
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Please wipe the back-plate of the card with a alcohol cloth before taking pictures.
This is what I mean: http://images.bit-tech.net/content_i...ightning-3.jpg
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Old 17th Sep 2010, 14:18   #10
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Really, unless you're upgrading your computer every 1 - 1.5 years, buying over-engineered kit can sometimes be worthwhile. While no, most people aren't going to use all of it's features right away, chances are that in two years, programs will have increased in complexity to demand more of what an "over-engineered piece of kit" offers. I'm not saying I do this personally, but I will at least give people who do this the benefit of the doubt. Those that buy the latest and greatest thing every 3 months however will still incur the wrath of my sarcasm (but I will secretly be thanking you for funding the R&D of tech companies everywhere...)
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Please wipe the back-plate of the card with a alcohol cloth before taking pictures.
This is what I mean: http://images.bit-tech.net/content_i...ightning-3.jpg
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That looks just awfull *Meh*
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Old 17th Sep 2010, 14:35   #12
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With a cooler like that never never never try to transport you rig with the card in situ. The cooler will try to tear off every time!
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the red plastic makes it look really cheap
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Old 17th Sep 2010, 16:28   #15
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So what happened to those single slot cards that won't block half of the neighboring expansion slots?
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Old 17th Sep 2010, 17:24   #16
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I owned a lightning card. It ran hot as hell stock and never could get a decent over clock on it. It was also the loudest card I ever owned. This whole line fails for the "average" user so to speak and I've read other articles where "pros" can't get decent over clocks. Nifty name lousy results. Just like RipJaws memory.
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Underneath the heatsinks is a 6+1+1-phase design (MSI calls it a 12+3+1-phase but it's marketing embelishment - the actual driver ICs tell the real story) powered by a row of DirectFETs similar to those we've already seen on Asus Immensity motherboard
I think it's me being tired but could someone point out the 6+1+1 design on the card please?

I see the words but I can't recall what to look for on the card itself.
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yeah used to go with the crazy aftermarket coolers but like bums said- it dumps heat back into the case = more fans to remove it from the airflow to the cpu.. this doesn't matter to someone who doesn't oc on air, but those that do.. you know after extended gaming sessions, if your case isn't configured right you can say bye the benefits of the aftermarket sink

I still think ducting with a single gpu system on the reference cooler (after you redo the tim).. you can get some good temperatures that way without all the case airflow issues- downside is you can't sli as the duct takes up the area underneath.. I actually went with the zotac 460 the other day because they added a displayport

know ati does this too but I couldn't get a awesome deal like on the 460 1gb.. I could feel huang slinging his dingaling around when I bought it.. I feel like such a toolbag for buying nvidia- especially when ati/amd are coming out with the new cards soon but was under 200 bucks- expect to get around 900 clock so it should be around a 5870 performance when done hopefully

yes I am an nvidiot sellout who knows better.. wish the 5870 was cheaper- kind of an impulse buy lol
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Old 17th Sep 2010, 19:17   #19
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Where did you get the diagram which indicates where the power is allocated? Moreover, do you know of a site that has chip schematics like this? I am a computer engineering student at UT and I'm just trying to learn myself some good ol knowledge!
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Old 17th Sep 2010, 19:36   #20
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overall it is a great looking heatsink
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