N480GTX Lightning

Overview

 Key Features

  • Power4 Architecture 
    - World’s first 16 phase PWM on GTX 480.
    - World’s first independent Memory Power.
    - Copper MOS with 2x high current capacity.
    - Proadlizer x 4 to optimized power supply.
  • Twin Frozr III Thermal Design
    Dual 9CM PWM Fans SuperPipe Technology Nickel-plated Copper bas
    Dual Large fans provide 40% more airflow than Twin Frozr II to cool down GPU, memory, and power module at once.
    8mm SuperPipes transfer heat much faster to the fins under the dual PWM fans, and the fans dissipate heat directly from fins.
    Large Copper base coated with nickel provides the best heat dissipation and the bigger contact area with GPU.

     
    High-Density Fins Form-in-one Heatsinks  
    Ultra high density aluminum fins have large area for heat dissipation. Heat of GPU will be dissipated to each fin equally. Dual Form-in-one Heatsinks cover on the front and rear of the PCB to dissipate the heat of memory and modules efficiently.
     
  • Triple Overvoltage by Afterburner
    - World’s first GTX 480 graphics card supporting voltage adjustment of GPU/Memory/PLL.
    - The performance can be boosted 34% up!!
  • Top Quality Components
    - Military Class Components for longer product lifespan.
    - LPL (Lightning Power Layer) for the stable power supply.
    - Golden-plated Connectors: Connectors are plated with gold for better signal transmission.


Video Output Function

  • Dual-link DVI x 2 
  • HDMI x 1   
  • DisplayPort x 1

 
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 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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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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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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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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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.
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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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V-Check Points

V-Check Points Bulit-in Voltage measurement points on graphics card or motherboard. No need to read hard and long datasheet to find the voltage reading points. ‧Get accurate voltage of GPU and Memory on the fly. ‧Additional cables hold multimeter probes.
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Meet RoHS regulations

MSI products are the first to be in conformity of the EU’s RoHS(Restriction of Hazardous Substances) regulations, reducing heavy metals and toxic materials in the products. This is an effort made for the Earth, and essentially for a clean future.
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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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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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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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SuperPipe Technology

SuperPipe Technology MSI unique SuperPipe technology uses 8mm heat pipe which is 60% thicker than traditional ones and increase 90% of cooling efficiency. By using SuperPipe technology, MSI graphics cards provides better stability and overclocking ability.
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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.

Brief Specifications

Graphics Engine GeForce GTX 480
Interface PCI Express x16 2.0
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size(MB) 1536
Memory Interface 384 bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz) 750
Memory Clock Speed(MHz) 4000
DVI Output 2
D-SUB Output 2(optional, via DVI to D-Sub adaptor)
HDMI-Output 1
DisplayPort 1
HDCP Support Y
HDMI Support Y
Dual-link DVI Y
Display Output (Max Resolution) 2560x1600
RAMDACs 400
DirectX Version Support 11
OpenGL Version Support 4.0
SLI Support Y
3-way SLI Y(Recommended running it on the motherboard that has 7 PCI-E x 16 slots)
Card Dimension(mm) 305x127x45mm

 

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

 

Awards

Product of the Year Gold Award - HWT.dk
Date: 2011-00
Title: Product of the Year Gold Award
Review: >Open
Media: HWT.dk
Country: Denmark
Taiwan Excellence 2011 Award - Taiwan Symbol of Excellence Winner
Date: 2011-00
Title: Taiwan Excellence 2011 Award
Review: -
Media: Taiwan Symbol of Excellence Winner
Country: Taiwan
Gold Award - CowcotLand.com
Date: 2011-00
Title: Gold Award
Review: >Open
Media: CowcotLand.com
Country: France
Gold Silicon Award - TechReaction
Date: 2010-00
Title: Gold Silicon Award
Review: >Open
Media: TechReaction
Country: United States
TIP HOT Award - CHIP Magazine
Date: 2010-00
Title: TIP HOT Award
Review: -
Media: CHIP Magazine
Country: Indonesia
Master Piece Award - DDWorld.cz
Date: 2010-00
Title: Master Piece Award
Review: >Open
Media: DDWorld.cz
Country: Czech Republic
Enthusiast's Choice Award - overclockers.ru
Date: 2010-00
Title: Enthusiast's Choice Award
Review: >Open
Media: overclockers.ru
Country: Russia
The Choice of Overclockers Award - easycom.com.ua
Date: 2010-00
Title: The Choice of Overclockers Award
Review: >Open
Media: easycom.com.ua
Country: Ukraine
Gold Award - Hardware.Info
Date: 2010-00
Title: Gold Award
Review: >Open
Media: Hardware.Info
Country: Netherlands Antilles
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Award - PC Advisor
Date: 2010-00
Title: Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Award
Review: >Open
Media: PC Advisor
Country: United States
msi-award
Date: 2010-00
Title: Very Good PCWorld Rating: 88 out of 100
Review: >Open
Media: PCWorld.in
Country: India
Must Have Best Performance Award - TweakTown.com
Date: 2010-00
Title: Must Have Best Performance Award
Review: >Open
Media: TweakTown.com
Country: Australia
Best Buy Award - Weekly ASCII Magazine
Date: 2010-00
Title: Best Buy Award
Review: -
Media: Weekly ASCII Magazine
Country: Jordan
Tweakers Essential Award - Guru3D.com
Date: 2010-00
Title: Tweakers Essential Award
Review: >Open
Media: Guru3D.com
Country: Netherlands Antilles
Golden Star Award - PCtuning.cz
Date: 2010-00
Title: Golden Star Award
Review: >Open
Media: PCtuning.cz
Country: Czech Republic
Best Quality Award - benchmark.pl
Date: 2010-00
Title: Best Quality Award
Review: >Open
Media: benchmark.pl
Country: Portugal
Best Performance Award - benchmark.pl
Date: 2010-00
Title: Best Performance Award
Review: >Open
Media: benchmark.pl
Country: Portugal
Editor's Choice: Best Product Award - overclockers.ua
Date: 2010-00
Title: Editor's Choice: Best Product Award
Review: >Open
Media: overclockers.ua
Country: Ukraine
Recommended Award - Sabios del PC
Date: 2010-00
Title: Recommended Award
Review: >Open
Media: Sabios del PC
Country: Spain
Gold Award - Overclock3D.net
Date: 2010-00
Title: Gold Award
Review: >Open
Media: Overclock3D.net
Country: United States
Recommended Award - techPowerUp
Date: 2010-00
Title: Recommended Award
Review: >Open
Media: techPowerUp
Country: United States Minor Outlying Islands
Recommended Product Award - T-Break.com
Date: 2010-00
Title: Recommended Product Award
Review: >Open
Media: T-Break.com
Country: UK
5 out of 5 Stars Award - nexthardware.com
Date: 2010-00
Title: 5 out of 5 Stars Award
Review: >Open
Media: nexthardware.com
Country: Jamaica
Best Performance Award - PCTUNER.net
Date: 2010-00
Title: Best Performance Award
Review: >Open
Media: PCTUNER.net
Country: Jamaica
Editor's Choice Silver Award - HardOCP.com
Date: 2010-00
Title: Editor's Choice Silver Award
Review: >Open
Media: HardOCP.com
Country: United States Minor Outlying Islands

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 197.03
Description Driver Version:197.03
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2010-03-26
OS Win7 32, Vista 32
Download download File Size 121.4 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 197.03
Description Driver Version:197.03
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2010-03-26
OS Win7 64, Vista 64
Download download File Size 153.56 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 197.03
Description Driver Version:197.03
Version
Type NVIDIA Graphics Drivers Release Date 2010-03-26
OS XP 32
Download download File Size 110 MB
Note

Utility

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

!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 Active Phase Switching for N480GTX Lightning
Description MSI Active Phase Switching technology can optimize power consumption by controlling the usage of PWM.
Version 1.0.100
Type Utility Release Date 2010-10-27
OS Win7 64, Win7 32, Vista 64, Vista 32, XP 64, XP 32
Download download File Size 0.53 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 5.47 MB download 2010-09-29

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