Among the deluge of NVIDIA news
this week, MSI has decided to throw its hat in the ring by introducing a new graphics card that's powered by the aforesaid firm. The N260GTX Lightning is predictably based on the GeForce GTX 260, which we heard earlier this year was getting a PCB tweak
to shave costs. It's hard to tell from this release if anything is different from earlier GTX 260s, but given that new GPUs were announced
by NVIDIA within the past seven days, it's a pretty safe bet that this one will be cheaper than expected anyway.
MSI's latest card packs 1792MB of on-board memory, a dual-fan design and an "AirForce Panel" to easily overclock it. In order to ensure the durability under intense pressures, MSI has included the ability for the Hi-c Caps to operate at 125ºC, which means that you'll probably start sweating before this thing begins melting. As for that AirForce Panel, it's actually a sperate unit that is touch driven and enables user control over things like voltage and clock settings -- we're assuming the company has designed this so that individuals can't just max things to the point of causing damage, but we'd use caution just in case.
Pricing and release information is still being withheld, but we'd bet this will quietly filter out to stores sooner rather than later.