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Pros Great mid-range card for the games I play Was a good card while it lasted. update - RMA with MSI seems to be going well, so not a big deal that the card died. MSI Webpage shows replacement has been shipped.
Cons Had to RMA after 4 months
Summary Worked great for 4 months. Purchased it to replace a 5770.
Suddenly after between 3 and 4 months of use my system became unstable with graphics glitches. Sometimes the driver would "restart and recover" but eventually the system would crash completely.
Did a fresh Win 7 Pro install and installed a new power supply but same symptoms. My old 5770 working fine while I wait for replacement.
Overall I am still pleased with the card and with the RMA service from MSI.
This review was modfied by poster @ 08-25-11 01:23 PM
Summary I didn't tough with this card and my i7 2600k I could run all the existing game at the moment with max settings. Didn't even overclock and all my game are running at least at 40-50 FPS (I mainly play First person shooter game )
Summary This card is awesome for this price. I love it. I can play all my games ( including metro 2033) at high without any problem.
I had a 9800gtx+ before ( i use for physx now) and i get insane FPS in my favorite game: batman Arkham asylum. Arround 80 FPS max setting in 1280x1024.
My rig is: Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Cooler master Hyper 212+ push/pull 4GB DDR2 800MHz corsair Asus P5Q pro turbo Antec EarthWatts 650w 80+ bronze Western digital caviar black sata 3GBs -- 750GB Cooler Master HAF 932 Two 19inch monitor, LCDs and a 720p 26inch TV
This is the best bang for the buck card for a high end setup.
Cons - Price is still a bit high, pick it up when it's on sale.
Summary This is a great card, I picked it up after my EVGA card died on me and I needed a replacement right away. It was on sale so I jumped at it quick, and I'm glad I did. The overclocking capability on this card is great -- you can push it quite far if that's your sort of thing. I've been gaming for over 6 hours now and it's only a little warm to the touch.
I'm averaging over 100 FPS in WoW, with all graphics absolutely maxed out. In the most extreme battles with hundreds of players nearby, it sinks to around 35 FPS, which is still pretty amazing to me. Haven't tried any other games on it yet, but I've got high expectations. Definitely recommending this card if it's on sale.
Pros - High quality card, possibly the best brand for 460, overclocking beast - The 1GB 256 bits memory makes this card far superior than the 756MB 192 bits version
Cons - $250 is way overpriced on NCIX - Rarely goes on sale, while the 756MB 192 bits version can be bought below $150 almost all the time - Bad reputation for MIR
Summary Awesome card. However I still feel the price is a bit high (even thought I got mine for $180). Cyclone is a really good cooling design so if this card goes on sale don't hesitate to pull the trigger.
Summary Some personal real world data for anyone looking for a midrange card. I've had this card for 5 months now OCed to core 850 MHz shader 1700 MHz memory 2000 MHZ My max temp reached with 99% gpu core load was 65C with a fan speed running 65%. Some games played are BFBC2, COD Black Ops, and Tropico3. I want to get another not for video performance as much as I want to take some of the load off of my cpu. All these games have all four cores of my 920 running at 99%.
CM 922 HAF PC Silencer 750W PSU Gigabyte GA-X58-UD3R Intel i7-920 OCk3.2GHz Corsair H50 push-pull 6GB Corsair XMS3-1600C9 KrazeMaster fan controller MSI GForce GTX 460 OCk850MHz
MSI have taken this core design and turned it on its head, offering not only a card which has a better cooler, faster clocks and lower noise levels, but one which manually overclocks to levels we previously thought impossible.
(from review) - The MSI N460GTX Cyclone graphics card comes factory overclocked and has tons more headroom left in it that can be easily unlocked with the MSI AfterBurner overclocking software utility.
Cyclone Thermal Design - 9cm PWM Fan for 40% more airflow. - Nickel-plated copper base for better dissipation - Rounded design to prevent keeping dust. - 15.7% quieter than reference design.
Military Class Components - Hi-C Cap provides more precise GPU voltage. - SSC (Solid State Chock) has No Buzz noise and higher current for better overclocking ability. - All Solid CAP for longer lifespan.
MSI Afterburner overclocking utility - Support Over Voltage function of GPU - Support advanced fan speed control. - Support burn-in stability test.
PhysX & 3DVision Surround technology - Support PhysX technology effects for realist physics effect. - Support 3DVision Surround technology to provide 3 monitor output simultaneously and real 3D image experience. (NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround requires NVIDIA release 256 driver, two or more graphics cards in NVIDIA SLI configuration, 3D Vision glasses, and 3D Vision-Ready displays.)
Afterburner co-development by MSI and Rivatuner, MSI releases the ultimate graphics card utility “Afterburner”. This utility enables all MSI graphics cards users to boost performance and to monitor all kinds of critical information in real-time. Afterburner is a completely free utility which is compatible with almost all MSI graphics cards.
MSI Solid Capacitor Graphic Card MSI Graphics Card products utilities high quality solid capacitor. For the gamers and high-end users, this feature not only means that product has better quality components within, but also provide much stronger support while users want to engage in hard-core tuning.
HDMI + DVI Output HDMI and DVI are the most comprehensive used interfaces for high definition video display. MSI adopts two interfaces to provide a complete output solution for users to enjoy the latest HD video such as blu-ray movie.
MSI Live update 4 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility update s and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.
MSI Live update online
MSI Live update online is designed to automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when there’s a new version online. It helps reduce the risk of getting the wrong file and minimize the trouble of searching the files from MSI website.
Dual-link DVI convertible output supports Video/Audio signal integration through DVI to HDMI interface, which drivers resolution of a digital display up to 1920x1200 or higher.
Designed to run perfectly with new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture, offering a future proofing bridge to tomorrow's most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications by maximizing the 5GT/s PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth (twice that of first generation PCI Express). PCI Express 2.0 products are fully backwards compatible with existing PCI Express motherboards for broadest support.
MSI graphics cards offer the HDMI functionality to provide access to premium digital content. HDMI enables gaming enthusiasts to seamlessly connect to their LCD monitor to bring the ultimate multimedia experience. (Only 1 single HDMI cable is required while streaming audio/video data to flat-panel display devices, such as Plasma/LCD TVs, or projector.)
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