MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II Review
Twin Frozr II
The N465 box keeps with the MSI deep blue theme we've been seeing on their motherboards recently. Understandably the main point of the box is to advertise the Twin Frozr II cooler and how much difference it makes to the temperatures. If MSIs claims of 16°C cooler are to be believed then the potential for the 15% overclock really looks possible.
Inside we have a very well packaged card in dense foam. There is a quick guide, a proper manual, and a driver disk with the Afterburner utilities on it.
MSI have provided three adaptors with the N465GTX. DVI to VGA, DVI to HDMI and HDMI to mini-HDMI.
Finally we uncover the MSI in all its glory. It is an absolute thing of beauty. Plenty of nickel-plated acreage along with four 8mm heatpipes should absorb the GPU heat well and the two high-flow 80mm fans will do their thing to keep the whole shebang cool.
The main issue is the usual one with non-reference design coolers in that the heat is dumped into the case rather than out the exhaust. However thanks to a clever bit of shroud design a surprising amount of the heat from the N465GTX does exhaust out the rear of your case. It's not perfect but it certainly isn't the worst solution we've ever seen.
Speaking of the shroud it's a all-metal affair finished in a very attractive silver colour and embossed with the MSI logo both on the top and the front.
The heat-sink is a work of art. Often pictures struggle to do justice to the reality and this is certainly the case here. The Twin Frozr II cooler is gorgeous.
Connectivity consists of two PCI-e 6-pin power in, and we have a mini-HDMI as well as two DVI ports. Having mini-HDMI and then providing an adaptor is an odd choice though.
Finally we can see from the circuit board this is still a reference design board so you could switch over to water any time you choose without needing a custom block. By why would you want to when this looks so good?
Of course if looks were the only consideration then Wayne Rooney would never have become famous, so it's time to see if the claims of MSI stand up to scrutiny.