MSI N275GTX Twin Frozer OC Reviewccokeman -
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When the time comes to buy a video card we all have our "wants" that are tempered with our "needs". This usually comes down to the price we ultimately put as the limit for the purchase. Many times the "needs" will win out with some reasoning and we buy a model just lower than we want. Then we will spend additional money to make improvements to the cooling to try and overclock to reach a higher level of performance for the dollars we spent. What if a manufacturer has added a cooler that was capable of meeting the cooling needs right out of the box with a price tag that was reasonable? Would you allow the "want" to override the "need", since you already have plans for additional cooling? If so MSI has you covered with the MSIN275GTX Twin Frozer OC! This card comes with a massive heatpipe based cooling solution that uses 5 large heatpipes to reduce the operating temperature of the GPU as well as the rest of the heat generating components. On top of that, the card has been given a bit of a performance increase by way of a reasonable overclock to 666MHz on the GPU core, 1476MHz on the shaders and 1161MHz on the 890MB of GDDR3 memory. With the cooling and overclock the Twin Frozer looks to have some serious performance credentials. Let's see if the performance manages to live up to the look!
The packaging of the MSI N275GTX Twin Frozer features a creature that looks earily familiar to one in a benchmark I used to run and could be an orc or ogre. The name of the card N275GTX Twin Frozer is in silver lettering. The fact that this card is an OC (Overclocked) model is seen at the bottom right of the front panel. Supported technologies are listed as well as the amount of processor cores and that this card is part of MSI's gaming series. The rear panel lists features of the N275GTX, the minimum system requirements and shows how the video signal can be output as HDMI through the Mazerine DVI ports. A handle is part of the deal when you get this card, so that you have less of a chance of dropping it.
The outer package is just a sleeve that the inner box resides in. When you pull the box out you have a plastic cover over the video card and box containing the accessory bundle. The card is wrapped in both an anti-static and buble wrap bag before it is inserted into a closed cell foam enclosure. The card is well protected in this manner.
The bundle sent out with the N275GTX Twin Frozer is fairly substantial with a couple quick user guides, the driver disk, DVI and HDMI adapters, an HDTV adapter, S-Video adapter and an SPDIF cable to connect the HD sound to the card, so this signal can be carried to the display if you so desire.
Let's see what the Twin Frozer OC has to offer and take a quick look at it before it sees some abuse.