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MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC Twin Frozr Video Card Review

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MSIN760 TF 2GD5/OC Features

The first feature on the list for the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC is the included Gaming App. The Gaming App is included for easy tuning of the GTX 760 video card to get the most out of your games. The GTX 760 does a good job of keeping up with nearly any game anyway, but the Gaming App gives you even more versatility. The Gaming App uses three different modes, OC Mode, Gaming Mode, and Silent Mode. OC Mode lets you tune the core clock and the fan speed. Gaming Mode gives you a stable overclock for improved gaming. Silent Mode strives to give the optimal performance with the lowest amount of fan noise. OC Mode gave me an extremely stable overclock at 1215MHz.

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Next up is the Military Class 4 components. This is a staple of MSI for their gaming and enthusiast series of components, and the N760 TF 2GD5/OC is no different. The Military Class 4 components are certified according to MIL-STD-810G and are intended to withstand the brutal conditions that gamers and overclockers put their components through. The Military Class 4 components include Hi-C CAP capacitors made from rare earth metals. These capacitors are highly conductive and are supposed to offer more stable overclocks. Solid CAP capacitors are also part of the Military Class 4 components. Solid capacitors are used throughout the computer hardware industry to provide longer life, lower temps and ESR, and higher efficiency.

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Another feature that MSI includes with the N760 TF 2GD5/OCs the Predator tool. The Predator tool is a neat utility that gives you the ability to take screen or video captures during your gaming session. Predator is embedded within MSI’s Afterburner program. Afterburner is a great tool for manually overclocking your MSI, or any, video card. MSI also includes a program called Kombustor that hyper-stresses your video card so that you can test the thermal levels and the stability of your overclock.

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Finishing off the N760 TF 2GD5/OC specific features, let’s take a look at the IO. MSI stuck to a pretty normal IO here, but this is one place that you might actually see differences between the manufacturers. Then again, it seems that this layout has become the standard now. The MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC has two Dual-Link DVI connectors, a full-sized HDMI, and a DisplayPort 2.1 input. With this video card, you could run a four monitor setup. Both DVI ports and the HDMI port can all be used simultaneously, as well as the DisplayPort.


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  1. whynotv2

    I apologize for my ignorance in advance, but I’m confused. How does this card warrant a Golden Tach, but the NVIDIA GeForce GTX760 that Olin recently reviewed gets nothing at all including the cons of “Expensive Mainstream product” and “Occasionally trailed GeForce GTX 660Ti”? Aren’t they the same card with different wrappers (plastic and fans) and different overclocking software?

    Also, it would be nice if all the reviewers used the same images (bar graphs/charts) when posting results. The page formats/forms are great, but having 2 (or more) reviews open at once and cycling through, the charts should be set up the same so that it makes it easier for visitors to compare. Thanks!

    1. Olin Coles

      It’s long been my practice that reference (engineering sample) products do not receive any rating. You cannot buy a NVIDIA-branded GeForce GTX 760, so I would be forced to rate the price of some other model. But then the question becomes which model do I pick? None. We rate value on the product reviewed, not the theoretical equivalent. The same goes for construction and appearance, which will differ between partner designs. The only item I could rate would be performance, but it makes no sense to give any rating at all since you can’t buy this card. Ultimately, it was best to explain my thoughts on the results for each category and let you draw your own conclusion.

      Hank’s conclusion for the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC Twin Frozr Video Card is one that represents a product you can buy, that comes with custom engineering, with parts manufactured by a third party, and comes with a product warranty and customer support. The NVIDIA engineering sample doesn’t offer these things.

      1. whynotv2

        That makes sense Olin. I just got confused as I mentioned about what appeared to be 2 of the same card reviewed and drastic (in this case no award on one, a gold on the other). I’m all sorts of clear now. Thanks :)

  2. Hank Tolman

    First things first, any two different reviewers are going to have different opinions about what looks good, performs well, is valuable, etc. We use the conclusion section of each article to talk about our individual opinions and justify how we rate each section.

    I encourage you to read the conclusion sections to see why I rated the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC the way I did and why Olin rated the reference design the way he did. Since I know a lot of people don’t read most of the article, I’ll try to answer your question succinctly here.

    Reasons why I gave the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC a Golden Tachometer:
    1. Stock Overclock + Great overclock potential. Reached 1215MHz with no problems
    2. Twin Frozr Cooling – Proven and highly reliable
    3. Additional Apps – Reference design has none, N760 has Gaming App, Predator, Afterburner, Kombustor, and more
    4. Price – before launch of GTX 760, GTX 660Ti’s cost a minimum of $279. Now you can find them for around $259 before rebates, etc. Why by a GTX 660Ti at the same price as the N760?
    5. Performance – N760 outperformed the 660Ti every time in my tests, as well as outperforming the 670, 7950, and 7970 on occasion.

    I don’t think I need more justification, but keep in mind that rating a reference design on a 0 to 10 scale like I did with the N760 is difficult because it doesn’t represent something that the consumer will actually be buying.

    1. Hank Tolman

      Also, thanks for the feedback on the charts. I’ve been experimenting with different chart formats to see which ones I like best. I like charts that specifically highlight the card being reviewed and the nearest competitors. I also like different colors for each of the test products. I am torn.

      1. whynotv2

        I rarely bother with the overall aesthetics because as you said, everyone has their own opinion and to be honest, with a mostly out of sight product, I could care less how it looks as long as it performs well :)

        I also thought your review was fine. I was just confused, and Olin cleared it up, with one getting an award and the other not.

        You are welcome :) Uniformity/consistency is always a plus on review sites :)

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