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MSI Claims ''World's Fastest'' Single-GPU Card

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The N480GTX Lightning reached P39281 on 3DMark Vantage.

MSI is claiming the title of “world’s fastest” with the launch of its single-GPU graphics card, the N480GTX Lightning. According to the company, the card established a new world record by reaching P39281 through 3DMark Vantage. It achieved this milestone thanks to the overclocking capabilities of the new Power4 Architecture and a core clock of 1450 MHz (using liquid nitrogen).

"The N480GTX Lightning features the industry-first Power4 Architecture to enhance the relevant design and material of four types of power supply. These include 16 Phase PWM design to provide three times more electricity for the GPU; the next-gen capacitor, Proadlizer, to significantly enhance signal stability; the industry-best MOSEFT, CopperMOS, to supply sufficient and stable power to the GPU and memory; and the uniquely designed 6-pin power connector to provide the pure power for memory," the company said.

To keep things ultra-cool, MSI has implemented its latest Twin Frozr III thermal design, using two 9-cm PWN fans, its exclusive 8-mm SuperPipe technology, and two form-in-one heat-sinks. The overall design supposedly lowers the GPU temperature 18-degrees Celsius than the reference design, allowing for a greater potential to overclock.

In addition to the card, consumers will be supplied with MSI’s exclusive Afterburner utility for adjusting GPU and memory clocks, and for adjusting the voltage of the GPU, memory, and PCI-e combined, boosting the OC performance of up to 34-percent more than the reference design. Other features include Dual BIOS, a PWM Clock Tuner, next-gen military-class components, and more.

To learn more about MSI’s N480GTX Lightning powerhouse, head here.

Update: According to MSI, users can expect to achieve up to 900MHz on the stock cooler, but the card ships at 750MHz out of the box.

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    micr0be , October 25, 2010 11:55 PM
    i'm sorry i don't own a nuclear power plant ...
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    rbarone69 , October 25, 2010 11:47 PM
    Wow... so many buzz words... My head is going to explode!
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    Onus , October 26, 2010 12:53 AM
    Bogus. Note 1: "The world record is broken by N480GTX Lightning under LN2 extreme overclocking."
    So, with the stock cooler (even if it is a good one), you won't get anywhere near there.
    Nothing but hype. Next...
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  • 23 Hide
    rbarone69 , October 25, 2010 11:47 PM
    Wow... so many buzz words... My head is going to explode!
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    SchizoFrog , October 25, 2010 11:50 PM
    More than a Graphics card... this is an Marks and Spencer... Oh sorry, it's an MSI Graphics card. :p 
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    palitusa , October 25, 2010 11:52 PM
    Does it FLY like a G6?

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    thlillyr , October 25, 2010 11:52 PM
    I seem to remember huge artical hyping up that toms overclocked a graphics card to 1 ghz for the first time ever. Somthing along those lines it was about a year agon i think. And here we have a graphics card a 1.4 ghz out of the box! Am i reading that correctly? Cause if it is THATS FRIGGING AWSOME AND I"M SOO GETTING ONE! Or if my wife says no then I"M SOO GETTING A GTX 580 when it comes out.
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    stm1185 , October 25, 2010 11:54 PM
    Save the money and wait for the 580 to drop.
  • 29 Hide
    micr0be , October 25, 2010 11:55 PM
    i'm sorry i don't own a nuclear power plant ...
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    AgentOrange , October 25, 2010 11:55 PM
    sounds like a benchmark, but on the other hand let's wait until some testing in game before we go crazy over this thing
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    Bynextfall , October 25, 2010 11:56 PM
    Well 6 core 6 ghz per core might help also... lol
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    nforce4max , October 26, 2010 12:07 AM
    Hmmm using this might be cheaper to use than central heat during what is to be the coldest winter in living memory but right now no thanks temps are still rising outside and the sun has gone down. Solar activity has gone through the roof in the past two weeks.
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    cangelini , October 26, 2010 12:13 AM
    palitusaDoes it FLY like a G6?


    Thanks Palit, I already had that song stuck in my head :-P
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    jupiter optimus maximus , October 26, 2010 12:15 AM
    MSI is just getting better and better with their products. Love it.
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    victorintelr , October 26, 2010 12:15 AM
    Damn! I just hope that the requirement don't include:
    A power supply dedicated only to the graphic card!
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    Ramar , October 26, 2010 12:16 AM
    READ:

    http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&prod_no=2162&maincat_no=130

    750mhz core.

    Derp.
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    Ramar , October 26, 2010 12:18 AM
    RamarREAD:http://www.msi.com/index.php?func= [...] cat_no=130750mhz core.Derp.


    Actually, my derp. MSI has a screenshot with 1450mhz clock.

    Even so, someone messed up and sold this card short lol.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , October 26, 2010 12:27 AM
    What! You need two PCI-e 8-pins and one PCI-e 6-pin? Oh well... I guess by looking at the MSI board, i can somehow add a water block and overclock it over 1.1 ghz, if the MSI enchantments really work better than the reference one. At those speeds, it will be faster than a 5870 crossfire configuration.
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    tehramen , October 26, 2010 12:27 AM
    PWN fans huh?
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    ares1214 , October 26, 2010 12:36 AM
    MSI FTW. Between their exclusive lucid hydra, great performing (and looking!) motherboards, and really excellent GPU's, they are doing quite well.
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    JD13 , October 26, 2010 12:36 AM
    It requires it's own circuit & a 20 amp breaker.....
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    Onus , October 26, 2010 12:53 AM
    Bogus. Note 1: "The world record is broken by N480GTX Lightning under LN2 extreme overclocking."
    So, with the stock cooler (even if it is a good one), you won't get anywhere near there.
    Nothing but hype. Next...
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