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MSI N480GTX HydroGen GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • 480 CUDA Cores
  • 1536MB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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MSI’s N480GTX HydroGen comes equipped with an all-copper water cooling block and micro-channel design which accelerates the liquid flow speed to quickly dissipate the heat from the GPU. Compared to the reference thermal design of the GTX480, HydroGen can effectively reduce GPU temperature by up to 24-degrees. Additionally, the N480GTX HydroGen supports GPU Overvoltage through MSI’s unique Afterburner overclocking software and remains highly stable through the use of Military Class Components.

  • newegg HydroGen Water-Cooling Design The all-copper HydroGen waterblock of the MSI N480GTX covers 70% of the board including the most important parts: the GPU, Memory and Voltage Regulation Modules. The water path includes 0.45mm wide micro-channels over the GPU area. This micro-channel design causes higher fluid velocity than wider channels to maximize heat transfer, thus reducing the temperature of the GPU as quickly as possible. And with N480GTX HydroGen’s single slot design, you don’t have to worry about airflow or setup when assembling a 3-Way SLI system.
  • newegg Military Class Components Except from Hi-c CAP, which is the same grade as parts used on the space shuttle and satellite with a lifespan 8 times longer than solid capacitors, MSI selects a noiseless and low-vibration Solid State Choke (SSC) on the N480GTX HydroGen for better overclocking ability. More important, Solid Caps are used to extend the entire lifespan of products.
  • newegg MSI Afterburner Overclocking Utility Increase performance up to 15% with MSI-exclusive Afterburner overclocking software! Not only does this utility allow the clock adjustments of the GPU and memory in real time, it also further supports overvoltage so users are able to enjoy boosted performance of their graphics cards.
  • newegg Full Microsoft DirectX 11 Support The new DirectX 11 GPU with full Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute 11 and tessellation support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.
  • newegg NVIDIA PhysX Technology NVIDIA PhysX technology enables a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience.
  • newegg NVIDIA 3D Vision, 3D Vision Surround and 3-way SLI Ready NVIDIA 3D Vision brings a fully immersive stereoscopic 3D experience to the PC. Expand your games across three displays in full stereoscopic 3D for the ultimate “inside the game” experience with the power of NVIDIA 3D Vision and SLI technologies. Industry leading 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling by implementing 3-way AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) for the world’s premier gaming solution under Windows 7 with solid, state-of-the-art drivers.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 1/29/2011 11:12:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNothing but problems so far

Pros: None since I haven't been able to get it to stop crashing any Windows installation. I have tried both XP and Win7.
Well on second thought, it does run cool.

Cons: No matter what I have tried this card causes the NV4_DISP.DLL to BSD any windows installation. Updated the mobo bios and all other system drivers and firmware but always the same result. Seems to me this might not be fixable.

When I remove the driver it will boot but the lack of speed is horrible.

The MSI website wasn't doing any better. The trouble assistance page kept crashing too. I am not very happy with MSI at this point.

Other Thoughts: Not even worth it with the discounted price and rebate! I hope I can just get my money back and buy a card that works.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,

We would like to apologize for the issue you have experienced with this particular VGA. Please email me directly via usersupport2@msicomputer.com your VGA's serial number and your complete contact information, subject heading "EAHN480GTX". I would like to help you get this resolved.

Best Regards,
User Support
MSI Product Support

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  • Yancy B.
  • 1/21/2011 5:13:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsProblems in the past...

Pros: Runs nice and cool. No leaks!

Cons: I've had limited success over clocking w/o artifacts. Makes a buzzing sound when under load.

Other Thoughts: This is my second card. I sent the first one in to have MSI look at it. After about two weeks they declared it a brick and cut me a check. Sucks that they didn't include a few extra dollars for what I lost on the original shipping cost AND what I spent sending it to them. No biggie...

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/31/2010 2:02:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Excellent temp's while playing FF14. Never goes beyond 45 degrees C. It runs quietly as a mouse and I hardly hear any noise coming from the computer. Takes up only 1 slot if I ever want to SLI but this video card is a beast. Was quite skeptical of buying it since the other review was a blue screen but I am very pleased at the results. With the koolance external kit this video card does wonders.

Cons: Not sure if I have any con's yet. I am very pleased so far.

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  • Andrew W.
  • 10/29/2010 6:03:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLike Picking Up A Gold Brick

Pros: Card is built very well. I don't know what the weight of the thing is but when I first picked it up I thought I was picking up a gold brick (with the price I might as well have been). I have yet to run performance tests on the card, but I suspect they will be amazing even non-overclocked.

Cons: The biggest problem I have with the card is it does not have any connectors included for your water cooling system. The connection that comes on the card are just 1/2" female threaded holes. No barbed connectors of any kind come with the card.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you buy adapters for liquid cooling to go with card.

i7 980X/12GB/2x2TB/2xMSI-N480GTX-Hydrogen (All liquid cooled)

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  • Yancy B.
  • 9/21/2010 12:33:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage!

Pros: It works in safe mode...

Cons: Black screens in windows after loading the drivers. I've tried all kinds of drivers both from msi and nvidia and none work.
Packaging is boring, webside is useless support, and the card lacks overall style.
I have YET to find a single thing MSI slaps their name on that I am fully happy with.

Other Thoughts: I got this card on a whim to replace my aging 260. I knew I'd run into a chance that it would be a lemon but I had to try it because I'm to lazy to put a water block on a new video card myself.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,

We would like to apologize for the issue you have experienced with this particular VGA. Please email me directly via usersupport2@msicomputer.com your VGA's serial number and your complete contact information, subject heading "EAHN480GTX". I would like to help you get this resolved.

Best Regards,
User Support
MSI Product Support

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  • David G.
  • 9/13/2010 11:30:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent.

Pros: Excellent.

Cons: Price.

Other Thoughts: How is this a single slot. MSI cut the plate in half. Good job.

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