Friday MSI announced a new series of graphics cards based on Nvidia's hot new GeForce GTX 570 and 580 GPUs, and the "award-winning" Twin Frozr II thermal design.
Called the N500GTX Twin Frozr II series, the new line promises a reduced noise output by up to 8.4dB (compared to the reference design). The cards also reportedly have cooler operating temperatures by up to 20-degrees Celsius than other GTX 570/580 cards using different cooling solutions.
"By utilizing its engineering expertise, MSI has created the ultimate thermal design," the company said. "The GPU spreader is covered with a large surface area heat sink with a copper base, ensuring the best possible thermal transfer surface. Surrounding components like memory and PWM components are covered by a large unibody metal heat sink."
The company added that excess heat is quickly pulled to a high density aluminum cooling fin assembly by way of its SuperPipe heat pipe technology. Two temperature-controlled 8-cm PWM fans also reduce sound levels by up to 8.4dB while maintaining excellent air flow across the Twin Frozr II thermal design.
In addition to the cooling system, MSI said it incorporated the best components-- such as All-Solid Capacitors—into the series to ensure the best stability and lifespan. "With a rated lifespan of over 10 years under heavy load, All-Solid Capacitors are made to last a graphics cards' lifetime," the company said. "Their excellent characteristics, like lowered Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), ensure higher electrical efficiency and lower operating temperatures, providing the best possible user experience and benefit."
MSI's new N500GTX Twin Frozr II series also comes packed with its proprietary Afterburner overclocking utility for instant adjustment of GPU frequency and voltages. The software also provides users the means to switch between five user-created profiles to meet the current performance or power-saving needs. Users can even monitor the card's hardware in real-time such as temperatures, speeds, voltages and load levels.
MSI didn't provide pricing or availability for the N580GTX or N570GTX, so stay tuned.