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MSI GeForce GTX 275 Lighting Graphics Card

Advanced overclocking features and the customized cooler.

December 15, 2009



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Cooling

The cooler is essentially similar to the one used in GTX 260 Lighting, but the heatsink is smaller.


MSI GeForce GTX 275 Lighting 1792MB

The cooler consists of two parts: a plate covering all memory chips, the NVIO chip and power supply parts, and the massive GPU cooler. The latter has the large heatsink that acquires heat from the heatpipes. The cooler has two low-speed (and rather low-noise) fans. While the design is nice, it's not without drawbacks. E.g., the cooler doesn't drive hot air outside the PC enclosure. Also, cooling everything but the core by means of the single thin plate doesn't seem to be very effective.


Traditionally, we monitored temperatures using RivaTuner.

MSI GeForce GTX 275 Lighting 1792MB



The core temperature doesn't exceed 80°C, which is nice for a modern hi-end graphics card. The cooler remains quiet at that.

Bundle

A basic bundle should include the following items: a user manual, a software CD, an audio cable, and an external power splitter. Now let's see what other accessories are bundled with each card.


MSI GeForce GTX 275 Lighting 1792MB

The basic bundle is ehnanced by the HDMI cable and the DVI-to-VGA adapter.


Box


MSI GeForce GTX 275 Lighting 1792MB

The jacket covers the cardboard box divided into compartments for the graphics card (which is securely fixed) and the rest of the bundle. Strange as it may seem, the manufacturer hasn't supplied this card with AirForce -- the external monitoring and overclocking device (which goes with company's GTX 260 offering, for example).



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