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MSI GeForce GTX 260 Lightning Graphics Card - The Card

Today we'll see what MSI has done to the GTX 260 and find out why it carries the new Lightning tag.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 28, 2009 5:22 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: MSI

The Card


Having a look at the card itself, it's clear that MSI have really mixed it up. We've got a cooler that carries with it two fans and a really nice aluminum face that not only looks great, but feels of great quality as well.


MSI GTX 260 Lightning Graphics Card

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If we look carefully we can see the heat pipes that come out the bottom of the cooler and work through a number of heatsinks that are also seen behind the fans. As fancy as the cooler looks, though, it will be interesting to see what kind of performance it offers. Before we find out the numbers, though, let's have a closer look at the card.


MSI GTX 260 Lightning Graphics Card

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MSI GTX 260 Lightning Graphics Card

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Looking around the card, there isn't anything too out of the ordinary. At the back of the card we have two 6-pin PCI-E connectors along with a little white one that's used in conjunction with the S/PDIF loopback cable to get sound through the HDMI port. Closer to the front of the card we have two SLI connectors which gives us the ability to run up to three of these cards together.


MSI GTX 260 Lightning Graphics Card

(Click the above image for the large version)


In the I/O department we can see that the company has mixed it up a bit. Across the top we have the MSI logo which looks pretty cool, while below that we have a standard Dual-Link DVI connector. We also see there is a VGA port to the right and a native HDMI port to the left.




As we've already mentioned, MSI has taken the time to overclock the card out of the box. And if you're not interested in hooking up the touch panel, you'll be glad to know that you'll still get some decent MHz out of the card.


MSI GTX 260 Lightning Graphics Card


We can see that the core has been bumped to 655MHz from the stock 576MHz. This has in turn bumped the shader up to 1404MHz from the stock 1242MHz. The 1792MB of GDDR3 memory which is double the standard amount has been left at 1998MHz. If you hit the game mode on the AirForce panel, clocks start heading north with the core jumping to 680MHz and the memory to 2100MHz DDR.


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