The MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC (Cont’d)
In Figure 4, you can see the video card with its cooler removed and, in Figure 5, a close-up of the voltage regulator circuit. As explained before, the MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC uses a custom-designed printed circuit board.
The voltage regulator circuit uses solid capacitors, solid ferrite-core coils (which make the regulator to have higher efficiency because they have lower energy loss than iron-core coils; these components are military-grade), and low RDS(on) MOSFET transistors (i.e., higher efficiency).
The GPU cooler can be seen in Figures 6 and 7. It has a nickel-plated copper base, four eight-mm nickel-plated heatpipes (thicker than the heatpipes used on the reference model), aluminum fins, and two 80 mm fans. According to the manufacturer, this cooling solution works 20° C (68° F) cooler than the reference model.
The MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC uses eight 1 Gbit GDDR5 chips, making its 1 GB video memory (1 Gbit x 8 = 1,024 MB = 1 GB). Each chip is connected to the GPU using a 32-bit data lane, making the video card’s 256-bit memory interface (32 bits x 8 = 256).
The chips used are K4G10325FE-HC04 parts from Samsung – the same ones used on the reference model –, which support up to 2.5 GHz (5 GHz DDR) and since on this video card memory is accessed at 2.1 GHz (4.2 GHz DDR), there is still a huge 19% margin for you to increase the memory clock rate while keeping the chips inside the maximum they support.
Of course you can always try to overclock the memory chips above their specs.
In Figure 9, you can see all accessories that come with this video card: two power adapters, one DVI-to-VGA adapter, one mini-HDMI-to-HDMI adapter, manual, and CD.
Before seeing the performance results, let’s recap the main features of this video card.