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MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II Copper Heatpipe Graphics Card Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/newsrsz/MSI-Unveils-Twin-Frozr-II-GTX-465-and-GTX-470-2.jpgWell Nvidia has finally blessed us with its presence by entering the Direct X 11 Video Card race. The problem with the new Nvidia cards (as has been the case with most Nvidia cards recently) is the heat issues and all that heat needs to be dealt with somehow and the reference cooler used in the reference design is noisy, and it has to be in order to cope with all the heat these GPU’s put out. MSI saw a need and filled it with their new, not so reference designed cooler system: The Frozr II. This cooler professes to be not only cooler then reference design but also considerably quieter. Let’s see if the Frozr 465 GTX is all hype or all right:

 

Provided by: MSI

Price: $269.99

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications and Features:

  • Twin Frozr II Thermal Design - Reduces Heat by 16℃ and Noise by 21.5dB
    - Dual 8CM PWM Fans : Air flow from dual fans can cool down GPU/Memory/Power Module at once.
    - Five heat pipes with SuperPipe Technology
    - Nickel-plated Copper Base :  Large size of Copper Base can dissipate the heat of GPU faster.
  • Military Class Components
    - Hi-C Cap provides more precise GPU voltage.
    - SSC (Solid State Chock) has No Buzz noise and higher current for better overclocking ability.
    - All Solid CAP for longer lifespan.
  • Over voltage function of GPU
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    Supports over voltage function of GPU by Afterburner, and performance can be up to 15%!
  • PhysX & 3DVision Surround technology
    - Support PhysX technology effects for realist physics effect.
    - Support 3DVision Surround technology to provide 3 monitor output simultaneously and real 3D image experience. (3D Vision surround for 3 monitors require 2 cards running in SLI mode to work. Need to work with 3D monitor and 3D glass.)

 

 

Afterburner
Afterburner
co-development by MSI and Rivatuner, MSI releases the ultimate graphics card utility “Afterburner”. This utility enables all MSI graphics cards users to boost performance and to monitor all kinds of critical information in real-time. Afterburner is a completely free utility which is compatible with almost all MSI graphics cards.
 
 
MSI Solid Capacitor Graphic Cards
MSI Solid Capacitor Graphic Card
MSI Graphics Card products utilities high quality solid capacitor. For the gamers and high-end users, this feature not only means that product has better quality components within, but also provide much stronger support while users want to engage in hard-core tuning.
 
 
SuperPipe Technology
SuperPipe Technology
MSI unique SuperPipe technology uses 8mm heat pipe which is 60% thicker than traditional ones and increase 90% of cooling efficiency. By using SuperPipe technology, MSI graphics cards provides better stability and overclocking ability.

 
 
Live Update 4
MSI Live Update 4 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.
 
 
MSI Advanced Live Update Online
MSI Live Update online

MSI Live Update online is designed to automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when there’s a new version online. It helps reduce the risk of getting the wrong file and minimize the trouble of searching the files from MSI website.
 
 
HDMI convertible output
Dual-link DVI convertible output supports Video/Audio signal integration through DVI to HDMI interface, which drivers resolution of a digital display up to 1920x1200 or higher.
 
 
 PCI Express 2.0 Support
Designed to run perfectly with new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture, offering a future proofing bridge to tomorrow's most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications by maximizing the 5GT/s PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth (twice that of first generation PCI Express). PCI Express 2.0 products are fully backwards compatible with existing PCI Express motherboards for broadest support.
 
 
HDMI Support
MSI graphics cards offer the HDMI functionality to provide access to premium digital content. HDMI enables gaming enthusiasts to seamlessly connect to their LCD monitor to bring the ultimate multimedia experience. (Only 1 single HDMI cable is required while streaming audio/video data to flat-panel display devices, such as Plasma/LCD TVs, or projector.)
 
 
HDCP Support
The HDCP provides a robust, cost-effective and transparent method for transmitting and receiving digital entertainment similar to DVI/HDMI-compliant digital displays. HDCP encrypts the date transmitted between the DVI/HDMI connector on the graphics adapter and the display.
 
 
3-way NVIDIA SLI® Technology
Industry leading 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling by implementing AFR(Alternate frame Rendering) under Windows Vista with solid, state-of-the-art drivers.
 
 
Blu-ray and HD DVD Support
Both support the latest specifications of Blu-ray and HD DVD(High Definition DVD). It comes with the latest GPU and DDRIII superior processing performance in which users can easily enjoy the high-definition video of 1920x1080(1080p/i).
 
 
NVIDIA SLI Technology
Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single GPU configuration for unequaled gaming experiences by allowing two cards to run in parallel. The must-have feature for performance PCI Express graphics, SLI technology dramatically scales performance on today's hottest games.
 
 
NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology
Blu-ray and HD DVD movies are bringing a new level of movie-viewing experience; with high-definition image quality far surpassing standard-definition DVDs. NVIDIA PureVideo™ HD2 technology provides unsurpassed Blu-ray and HD DVD movie picture quality.
 
 
Meet RoHS regulations
MSI products are the first to be in conformity of the EU’s RoHS(Restriction of Hazardous Substances) regulations, reducing heavy metals and toxic materials in the products. This is an effort made for the Earth, and essentially for a clean future.
 
 
PhysX™
PhysX™ is designed specifically for hardware acceleration by powerful processors with hundreds of cores. Combined with the tremendous parallel processing capability of the GPU, PhysX™ will provide an exponential increase in physics processing power and will take gaming to a new level delivering rich, immersive physical gaming environments with features such as:
  • Explosions that cause dust and collateral debris
  • Characters with complex, jointed geometries for more life-like motion and interaction
  • Spectacular new weapons with incredible effects
  • Cloth that drapes and tears naturally
  • Dense smoke & fog that billow around objects in motion
 

 
 
NVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology is the world’s only C language environment that enables programmers and developers to write software to solve complex computational problems in a fraction of the time by tapping into the many-core parallel processing power of GPUs. With millions of CUDA™-capable GPUs already deployed, thousands of software programmers are already using the free CUDA™ software tools to accelerate applications—from video and audio encoding to oil and gas exploration, product design, medical imaging, and scientific research.
 
 
Free download TMPGEnc 4.0 Express
 
 
 
 


Video Output Function

  • Dual-link DVI x 2
  • Mini HDMI x 1  
 

 

 
Bundle MSI developed driver and utilities

  • MSI Live Update Series(Live Graphics Card BIOS & Live Graphics Card Driver)
    Automatically online download & update Graphics Card BIOS & Drivers, reduce the risk of getting the wrong files, and never have the trouble on web site searching.
  • MSI Graphics Card Driver
  • MSI Dual Core Center
  • MSI VIVID
    Vivid brings the easiest way to optimize graphic quality. Colorize your vision when browsing digital photos!!! Sharpen characters edge!!! Enhance contrast when playing game!!!
  • MSI Live
    including all real time life information you need, such as Live MSI Product News, Live Daily Information, Live Personal Schedule Manager, Live Search and more.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft® DirectX
  • Norton Internet Security™ 2008  60 days Trial
    -Blocks online identity theft by phishing Web sites
    -Detects and eliminates spyware
    -Removes viruses and Internet worms automatically
    -Protects against hacker

 

 
 
Software Closer Look:
 

Testing Setup:

Testing:

I will be putting the Frozr II against the Sparkle GTX 480 and 465 as well as the PowerColor 5870. All of the testing is done through stock default settings for each benchmark. The 3D Marl Vantage scores (stated as 1280 x 1024, 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1200) are the performance, high, and Extreme Tests.I have been having issues with the Cinebench 11.5 tests so I decided to use the R10 Version.

Conclusion:

While performance is the most important when dealing with a Graphics Card review, this is the Frozr II and temperature is a very essential benchmark so the temperatures goes from hottest to coolest:


Sparkle 480GTX: 75.2 degrees
Sparkle 465GTX: 63.7 degrees
MSI Frozr ii N465GTX: 60.1
PowerColor 5870: 59.6

So I guess the Frozr lives up to its name. Under full load it sat in and around 3 degrees cooler than the Sparkle Card with Reference Cooler. This isn’t quite the 16 degree difference stated on the box it is cooler and the temperature on the Sparkle Fluctuated a lot more than the Frozr. At idle the Frozr sat around 48 degrees and the Sparkle was around the 55 degree mark. I use a laser IR Temp gun in order to get my readings so it is possible the GPU temperature directly was a lot different than the external temps and as such I wouldn’t rule out the temperature difference being much broader.

Overall the Frozr II is a beautiful card with serious performance for budget gamers. The Sparkle card is about $10 more than the Frozr and the software that comes with the MSI Card is much more impressive than the Sparkle.

Would I recommend this card? Yes, I have used a lot of graphics cards over the years but the MSI Frozr II is one of my favorites, I like the look the temps and the performance and if you are looking for more boost than the 5830’s and 460’s that are coming out I strongly suggest checking out an MSI card is you haven’t used one yet, it actually has a permanent place in my testing rig now and I am keeping it till MSI release the Next Frozr line of cards. 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Performance
  • Temps
  • Afterburner Software is Awesome!
  • Quiet
Cons:
  • I Would Like to see a few Extras but not bad Either way

 


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