N260GTX Lightning Black Edition

Overview

Top Quality

  • Military Class
    2.5x Longer Lifespan: Under the same temperature condition, Military Class Solid Capacitors have 2.5x longer lifespan than traditional solid capacitors do.
    20% Higher Stability : High Durability Hi-C Cap can withstand 20% higher temperature, improving stability under overclocking.
  • True 10 Phase PWM
    Incomparable Power Design
    • GPU consumes more power than hi-end CPU.
    • 10 Phase PWM provides the best quality of power supply to GPU and memory.
    For Overclocking and Stability
    • To break the impossible overclocking record needs unusual power supply.
    • A must when extreme overclockers use liquid nitrogen.
    • Plus Military Class components to improve stability urthermore.

 

Ultra High Performance

  • Double Size Memory
    • World's first 1792MB GeForce GTX 260.
    • Better performance for next-gen DX10 games with large texture size (such as Grand Theft Auto 4). 
 

Overclocking AirForce Panel

  • AirForce Panel
    World’s first overclocking touch panel
    • Highly sensitive electromagnetic touch panel without any real buttons.
    • Multiple custom profiles for different scenario (gaming / power saving).
    • Boost 3D performance during gaming.
    Control voltage / clock of GPU and memory.
    • Control Brightness and Contrast.
    Dedicated software for Lightning
    • Sync with AirForce Panel.
    • Show advanced hardware parameters for overclockers.
    • Realtime display in game transparently.
  • V-Check Points
    Now use Multimeter to check the current GPU/
    Memory voltage on V-Check Points of N260GTX
    Lightning without difficulty!




 


Video Output Function

  • Dual-link  DVI-I x1
  • D-Sub Outpu) x1
  • HDMI x1


Bundle MSI developed driver and utilities

  • MSI Live Update Series(Live Graphics Card BIOS & Live Graphics Card Driver)
    Automatically online download & update Graphics Card BIOS & Drivers, reduce the risk of getting the wrong files, and never have the trouble on web site searching.
  • MSI Graphics Card Driver
  • MSI StarOSD
    StarOSD can monitor system information, adjust monitor figuration, and overclock system.
  • MSI Dual Core Center
  • MSI Live
    including all real time life information you need, such as Live MSI Product News, Live Daily Information, Live Personal Schedule Manager, Live Search and more.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft® DirectX
  • Norton Internet Security™ 2008  60 days Trial
    -Blocks online identity theft by phishing Web sites
    -Detects and eliminates spyware
    -Removes viruses and Internet worms automatically
    -Protects against hackers

Product Accessories

     
 

 Optional

 Optional

 

 

MSI Reminds You...
• The accessories will probably be different according to the different selling areas of product models. For details of accessories, please refer to the descriptions on the product package.

MSI Reminds You...

  1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific Specification with your local dealers.
  2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

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MSI All Solid Capacitor

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.

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Afterburner

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.
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Live Update 5

This is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.
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NVIDIA SLI Technology

Used by the most demanding gamers worldwide, SLI lets you link up to GeForce GTX series graphics cards together for astounding performance. And with NVIDIA's track record for fast and frequent software updates, you’ll not only get the best performance in existing games, but future games too.

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NVIDIA PhysX® Technology

Full support for NVIDIA PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce.
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HDMI 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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Blu-ray and HD DVD Support

Both support the latest specifications of Blu-ray and HD DVD(High Definition DVD). It comes with the latest GPU and Memory superior processing performance in which users can easily enjoy the high-definition video of 1920x1080(1080p/i).
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PCI Express 2.0 Support

PCI Express 2.0 doubles the bandwidth of previous generations of PCI express up to an astonishing 16Gb/s. This maximizes the performance of current graphics cards in today's most demanding games and applications. PCI Express 2.0 products are fully compatible with motherboards with other versions of PCI Express.

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MSI StarOSD, the best gaming utility

MSI StarOSD is a very helpful utility for the avid PC gamers. Users can easily access the StarOSD to adjust the contrast, brightness, overclocking and temperature according to each user’s individual preference. Note:Star OSD function that be used on different games has some difference cause the game different design.
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HDCP Support

The HDCP provides a robust, cost-effective and transparent method for transmitting and receiving digital entertainment similar to DVI/HDMI-compliant digital displays. HDCP encrypts the date transmitted between the DVI/HDMI connector on the graphics adapter and the display.
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3-way NVIDIA SLI® Technology

Industry leading 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling by implementing AFR(Alternate frame Rendering) under Windows Vista with solid, state-of-the-art drivers.
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MSI Dual CoreCell ASIC

MSI Dual CoreCell Technology Questing for a system which possesses ultimate multimedia performance and silent operation, MSI Dual CoreCell comes with the perfect signal purification ability, which is necessary for higher multimedia quality and system performance.
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NVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology

NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology is the world’s only C language environment that enables programmers and developers to write software to solve complex computational problems in a fraction of the time by tapping into the many-core parallel processing power of GPUs. With millions of CUDA™-capable GPUs already deployed, thousands of software programmers are already using the free CUDA™ software tools to accelerate applications—from video and audio encoding to oil and gas exploration, product design, medical imaging, and scientific research. Free download TMPGEnc 4.0 Express Free download badaboom media converter

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HDMI convertible output

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.
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NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology

Blu-ray and HD DVD movies are bringing a new level of movie-viewing experience; with high-definition image quality far surpassing standard-definition DVDs. NVIDIA PureVideo™ HD2 technology provides unsurpassed Blu-ray and HD DVD movie picture quality.
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DOT Express (Dynamic Overclocking Technology Express)

MSI DOT Express Technology is the most advanced Dynamic Overclocking Technology Express enabling supreme overclocking, cooling and de-noise performance. It is an advanced overclocking engine, designed to deliver up to 10% extra performance and greatly enhances the synchronized GPU & DDR performance.

Brief Specifications

Graphics Engine GeForce GTX 260
Interface PCI Express x16 2.0
Memory Type GDDR3
Memory Size(MB) 1792
Memory Interface 448bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz) 680(* Use the game mode of Airforce Panel to run the overclocking settings, the default clock of black edition is 655/2000MHz.)
Memory Clock Speed(MHz) 2100
Memory Bandwidth(GB/sec) 111.9
Texture Fill Rate(billion/sec) 36.9
DVI Output 1
D-SUB Output 1
HDMI-Output 1
HDCP Support Y
HDMI Support Y
Dual-link DVI Y
Display Output (Max Resolution) 2560x1600
RAMDACs 400
DirectX Version Support 10.0
OpenGL Version Support 2.1
SLI Support Y
3-way SLI Y

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

Awards

Editor's Choice of the Year Award - Yesky.com
Date: 2009-00
Title: Editor's Choice of the Year Award
Review: >Open
Media: Yesky.com
Country: China
Feature-Design Product of the Year Award - INPAI
Date: 2009-00
Title: Feature-Design Product of the Year Award
Review: >Open
Media: INPAI
Country: China
Highly Recommended Award - APC Magazine
Date: 2009-00
Title: Highly Recommended Award
Review: -
Media: APC Magazine
Country: Australia
The Cool Device - Igromania.ru
Date: 2009-00
Title: The Cool Device
Review: >Open
Media: Igromania.ru
Country: Russia
Top Award - Maximo PC
Date: 2009-00
Title: Top Award
Review: >Open
Media: Maximo PC
Country: Argentina
Must Have Best Performance Award - TweakTown.com
Date: 2009-00
Title: Must Have Best Performance Award
Review: >Open
Media: TweakTown.com
Country: Australia
Top Performance Award - HWBOX.GR
Date: 2009-00
Title: Top Performance Award
Review: >Open
Media: HWBOX.GR
Country: Greece
Innovative Technology Award - ComputerDIY
Date: 2009-00
Title: Innovative Technology Award
Review: -
Media: ComputerDIY
Country: Tajikistan
Outstanding Performance Award - ComputerDIY
Date: 2009-00
Title: Outstanding Performance Award
Review: -
Media: ComputerDIY
Country: Tajikistan
Silver Editor's Choice Award - Revioo.com
Date: 2009-00
Title: Silver Editor's Choice Award
Review: >Open
Media: Revioo.com
Country: France
Silver Editor's Choice Award - Revioo.com
Date: 2009-00
Title: Silver Editor's Choice Award
Review: >Open
Media: Revioo.com
Country: France
Extreme Overclocker - Benchmark.rs
Date: 2009-00
Title: Extreme Overclocker
Review: -
Media: Benchmark.rs
Country: Balkan
Editor's Choice - PCNet
Date: 2009-00
Title: Editor's Choice
Review: -
Media: PCNet
Country: Turkey
MOP Award (Most Overclockable Product Award) - HardwareZone.com
Date: 2009-00
Title: MOP Award (Most Overclockable Product Award)
Review: >Open
Media: HardwareZone.com
Country: Slovak Republic
4 Out of 5 Stars Award - HardwareZone.com
Date: 2009-00
Title: 4 Out of 5 Stars Award
Review: >Open
Media: HardwareZone.com
Country: Slovak Republic
Editor's Choice Award - Motherboards.org
Date: 2009-00
Title: Editor's Choice Award
Review: >Open
Media: Motherboards.org
Country: United States Minor Outlying Islands
Tweakers Essential - Guru3D.com
Date: 2009-00
Title: Tweakers Essential
Review: >Open
Media: Guru3D.com
Country: Netherlands Antilles
OC Approved - Syndrome-oc.net
Date: 2009-00
Title: OC Approved
Review: >Open
Media: Syndrome-oc.net
Country: France
Best performance Award - nVision.pl
Date: 2009-00
Title: Best performance Award
Review: >Open
Media: nVision.pl
Country: Portugal

BIOS

Driver

Win8 64,Win8 32,Win7 64,Win7 32,Vista 64,Vista 32,XP 64,XP 32

!Special Note:

The Drivers provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
MSI Graphics Driver 306.81
Description
Version 306.81
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-10-31
OS XP 32
Download download File Size 147.82 MB
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MSI Graphics Driver 306.81
Description
Version 306.81
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-10-31
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 183.18 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 306.97
Description
Version 306.97
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-10-31
OS Win8 32, Win7 32
Download download File Size 169.45 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 306.97
Description
Version 306.97
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-10-31
OS Win8 64, Win7 64
Download download File Size 216.85 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 258.96
Description Driver Version:258.96
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2010-08-19
OS Win7 32, Vista 32
Download download File Size 131.95 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 258.96
Description Driver Version:258.96
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2010-08-19
OS Win7 64, Vista 64
Download download File Size 164.57 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 258.96
Description Driver Version:258.96
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2010-08-19
OS XP 32
Download download File Size 119.85 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 258.96
Description Driver Version:258.96
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2010-08-19
OS XP 64
Download download File Size 144.03 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 191.07
Description Driver Version: 191.07
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2010-02-02
OS Win7 32, Vista 32
Download download File Size 135.46 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 191.07
Description Driver Version: 191.07
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2010-02-02
OS Win7 64, Vista 64
Download download File Size 151.49 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 191.07
Description Driver Version: 191.07
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2010-02-02
OS XP 32
Download download File Size 118.89 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 190.62
Description Driver Version:190.62
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2009-10-14
OS Win7 32, Vista 32
Download download File Size 109.28 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 190.62
Description Driver Version:190.62
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2009-10-14
OS Win7 64, Vista 64
Download download File Size 137.16 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 190.62
Description Driver Version:190.62
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2009-10-14
OS XP 32
Download download File Size 89.71 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 182.06
Description Driver Version:182.06
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2009-04-17
OS Vista 32
Download download File Size 243.72 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 182.06
Description Driver Version:182.06
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2009-04-17
OS XP 32
Download download File Size 116.37 MB
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Utility

Win8.1 64,Win8.1 32,Win8 64,Win8 32,Win7 64,Win7 32,Vista 64,Vista 32,XP 64,XP 32,Win 2000

!Special Note:

The Utilities provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
MSI Live Update 5
Description • Online update BIOS/Driver/Firmware/Utility.
• Live Monitor auto-detects and suggests the latest BIOS/Driver/Utilities information.
Version 5.0.115
Type Utility Release Date 2014-04-03
OS Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, Vista 64, Vista 32, XP 64, XP 32
Download download File Size 9.64 MB
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MSI Afterburner
Description MSI's own "Afterburner" software is currently the most powerful graphics card overclocking software available. Aside from the basic frequency adjustment and system monitor, this software allows the user to adjust the voltage for the GPU. This important feature saves all the hassle of having to adjust the circuit board in order to provide a higher voltage to the GPU. Additionally, the software's automatic fan speed control has received a lot of praise from enthusiasts all over the world. With MSI's "Afterburner", the decision to run the fan quietly or for high-performance is in your hands!
Version 2.3.1
Type Utility Release Date 2013-06-07
OS Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, Vista 64, Vista 32, XP 64, XP 32
Download download File Size 21.93 MB
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MSI Dual Core Center
Description • Key components status hardware monitor
• Monitor the Dual Core CPU each unit status
• D.O.T. Technology up to 12% improvement
• Optimize System status define
• Adjustable & monitor with "Dual CoreCenter" on windows system
• Auto speed up with system loading change
• 5 environment mode and 3 user define mode
• Combine with VGA CoreCell 3D, totally called "Dual CoreCell"
• If you are using an ATI graphic card, you must install ver. 8.41 driver and its additional applications to make Dual CoreCenter works normally. It is better to use recommended installation while installing an ATI VGA driver.
Version 2.0.6.8
Type Utility Release Date 2010-06-29
OS XP 32, Win 2000
Download download File Size 10.49 MB
Note
MSI Dual Core Center
Description • Key components status hardware monitor
• Monitor the Dual Core CPU each unit status
• D.O.T. Technology up to 12% improvement
• Optimize System status define
• Adjustable & monitor with "Dual CoreCenter" on windows system
• Auto speed up with system loading change
• 5 environment mode and 3 user define mode
• Combine with VGA CoreCell 3D, totally called "Dual CoreCell"
• If you are using an ATI graphic card, you must install ver. 8.41 driver and its additional applications to make Dual CoreCenter works normally. It is better to use recommended installation while installing an ATI VGA driver.
Version 2.0.6.8
Type Utility Release Date 2010-06-29
OS Win7 64, Win7 32
Download download File Size 10.49 MB
Note
MSI Dual Core Center
Description • Key components status hardware monitor
• Monitor the Dual Core CPU each unit status
• D.O.T. Technology up to 12% improvement
• Optimize System status define
• Adjustable & monitor with "Dual CoreCenter" on windows system
• Auto speed up with system loading change
• 5 environment mode and 3 user define mode
• Combine with VGA CoreCell 3D, totally called "Dual CoreCell"
• If you are using an ATI graphic card, you must install ver. 8.41 driver and its additional applications to make Dual CoreCenter works normally. It is better to use recommended installation while installing an ATI VGA driver.
Version 2.0.6.8
Type Utility Release Date 2010-06-29
OS Vista 64, Vista 32
Download download File Size 10.49 MB
Note
MSI StarOSD
Description MSI StarOSD is the easiest way to monitor system status, the fastest way to over clock graphic card, and the most attentive way to optimize display option while playing \"PC game\".
Version None
Type Utility Release Date 2006-11-07
OS XP 32, Win 2000
Download download File Size 2.22 MB
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Manual

!Special Note:

MSI™ provides user manuals (in PDF format) here for download. You can use Adobe Acrobat Reader (Adobe's WEB Site) to open them.

An easy guide for you to assemble your PC step by step, please refer to "Quick Installation Guide".


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
Version Language File Size Download Release Date
Lite English 1.52 MB download 2009-08-31

FAQ

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Sales Inquiry

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