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MSI Features
Using MSI Live VGA Driver Update
MSI Live Update offers you with brand-new update service experience, which can
significantly save your time while searching files. MSI Live Update is capable to
automatically analyze and list drivers, BIOS, and utilities you need. With the easy-touse updating approaches, you can increase the performance of your system easily and
quickly. Follow the instructions below, with a few mouse clicks, you can acquire the
related files for the system updating.
1. To update the MSI Live VGA Driver, click Live VGA Driver item on the left
column of the main page.
1. Insert the supplied disk into the CD-ROM drive, and start the Setup program.
2. Click the Utility tab on the setup screen.
3. Click the MSI Live Update. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the
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MSI Features
Installing MSI Live Update
Installing from the Disk
Installing from the MSI Web Site
1. Link to MSI's website at
This service enables you to update the latest VGA driver for your VGA card.
2. This utility will start checking your platform and the information on the VGA card, and
display the information in a list.
3. Click the graph button on the bottom to connect MSI Live Update Series Server.
Then, it will automatically connect the Internet and compare the version of the driver
in the database.
4. It may take several minutes to detect the required drivers. Please wait while
proceeding detection.
5. Click the InstallShield Wizard button on the right side of the table to download and
update the driver. All actions will proceed automatically.
6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the updating procedure.
2. Find and click Live Update Online
on the left side of the web page to
enter MSI Download Center.
Using MSI Live VGA BIOS Update
3. Click Start to Check to download
the Live Update application.
This service enables you to update the latest VGA BIOS for your VGA card.
1. To update your VGA BIOS, click Live VGA BIOS item on the left column of the main page.
4. Click Install the continue.
Do not force the GPU
cooler against the
fragile GPU to avoid
damage to the GPU.
DO NOT touch the
cooling system since
it may produce a
certain heat while
processing tasks.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions to
complete the installation.
6. Launch MSI Live Update and to
enter the main page of this utility
as shown here.
2. If your VGA card does not support the Live VGA BIOS function, you will receive a warning
message on the screen.
3. If your VGA card do support the Live VGA BIOS function, please pay attention to the
message shown on the screen telling you that in what circumstance flashing BIOS may
fail to reboot.
4. Click Yes if you would like to try it at your own risk or No to return to the main page with
everything unchanged.
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5. If you click Yes to continue, it will check the information and BIOS version of your VGA
card, and list them in a table.
6. Click the graph button at the bottom to connect the MSI Live Update 3 Server.
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8. If it has found one (or several) supported BIOS for your VGA card, click the InstallShield
Wizard button on the right side of the table to have the new BIOS downloaded and
updated automatically.
7. The MSI Live VGA BIOS will automatically connect the Internet and search the supported
BIOS in the database of MSI.
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9. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the updating procedure.
N280GTX series
Getting Started
16x Anti-aliasing Technology
Lightning fast, high-quality anti-aliasing at up to 16x sample rates obliterates jagged edges.
Fan Connector
Power Connector
Getting Started
128-bit floating point High Dynamic-Range (HDR) Lighting
Twice the precision of prior generations for incredibly realistic lighting effectsnow with
support for anti-aliasing.
Please check out the following items to make sure that you get the complete product:
VGA card
Disk: Drivers, documentation, and applications
Consult your dealer immediately if anything is missing or damaged.
OpenGL 2.1 Optimization and Support
Ensures top-notch compatibility and performance for OpenGL applications.
System Requirements
Dual Dual-link DVI Support
Able to drive the industry's largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays up to
2560x1600 and with support for Hign-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).
SPDIF Connector**
2. Locate the expansion slot on your mainboard.
Warning: Inserting the VGA card into a wrong
slot may damage your card (refer to your
mainboard manual for more Information).
3. Put the card directly over the expansion slot and
press one end of the card into the slot first.
Gently but firmly press the other end until the
card is fully seated in the slot.
1G DDR3 memory
896MB DDR3 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
PCI Express Interface
Card Features
TV_Out Connector
HDTV-Output integrated
DVI-I Ports
- HDMI supported**1
- HDCP supported
- Dual dual-Link DVI output
Power LED Indicator**3
Reserve Hole **1
**1 Refer to the section of Enabling SPDIF
Input Function for details.
Note: The VGA card shown here may
vary from the actual card.
For further information, please visit MSI
website at www.msi.com.tw
**2 To ensure the best SLI performance, please
visit MSI website to update the latest driver.
**3 For the details of Power LED Indicator,
please refer to the Special Note.
NVIDIA CUDA Technology
CUDA technology unlocks the power of the GPU's processing cores to accelerate the most
demanding system tasks - such as video transcoding - delivering up to 7x performance over
traditional CPUs.
PCI Express 2.0 Support
Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer
speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining
backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.
GigaThread TM Technology
Massively multi-threaded architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous
threads, providing extreme processing efficiency in advanced, next generation shader
NVIDIA Lumenex Engine
Delivers stunning image quality and floating point accuracy at ultra-fast frame rates.
To install the driver of the VGA card to your computer, please follow the steps below:
1. Turn on the computer.
Integrated SD and HD TV Output
World-class TV-out functionality via Composite, S-Video, Component or DVI connections.
Supports resolutions up to 1080i/1080p, depending on connection type and TV capability
2. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive. The Autorun program will start the Setup
TM setup screen as follows: TM
program, and show the
Installing MSI
Live Update 3
Enabling HDMI Output
Microsoft DirectX 10 Support
DirectX 10 GPU with full ShaderModel 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics
realism and film-quality effects for today's hottest games.
HDCP Capable
Designed to meet the output protection management (HDCP) and security specifications of
the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats, allowing the playback of encrypted movie content on
PCs when connected to HDCP-compliant displays
3-way NVIDIA SLI TM Technology
Industry leading 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling by
implementing 3-way AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) for the world's fastest gaming
solution under Windows Vista with solid, state-of-the-art drivers.
6. Connect the monitor. Now, you are ready to
install the software on your computer.
Dynamic Contrast Enhancement & Color Stretch
Dynamically provides post-processing and optimization of High Definition movies for
spectacular picture clarity.
2nd Generation NVIDIA Unified Architecture
Second generation architecture delivers 50% more gaming performance over the first
generation through 240 enhanced processing cores that provide incredible shading
5. Install all other cards and devices and connect
all the cables, and then install the case.
Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration
Supports picture-in-picture content for the ultimate interactive Blu-ray movie experience.
For reference only
NVIDIA PhysX - Ready
GeForce GPU support for NVIDIA PhysX technology,enabling a totally new class of physical
gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce.
4. Secure the card with a bracket screw.
Discrete, Programmable Video Processor
NVIDIA PureVideo is a discrete programmable processing core in NVIDIA GPUs that
provides superb picture quality and ultra-smooth movies with100% offload of H.264 video
decoding from the CPU and significantly reduced power consumption.
SLI Interface** 2
Follow the steps below to install the VGA card:
NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology
The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that
delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image
scaling for movies and video.
To install the VGA card, your computer system needs to meet the following requirements:
PCI Express or PCI Express 2.0 - compliant motherboard with one dual-width x16 graphics slot
One 6-pin and one 8-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector
Minimum 550W or greater system power supply (with a minimum 12V current rating of 40A)
**Minimum system power requirement based on a PC configured with an Intel Core2Extreme
processor Qx9650
CD-ROM / DVD-ROM for driver installation
Visiting MSI website for further information of operating system support
Quick Installation
1. Remove the computer case.
Follow the steps below to enable HDMI Output function:
1. Find the DVI-to-HDMI adapter that comes with the package,
if provided. Consult your dealer to purchase the adapter if it
is not provided.
2. Attach the DVI-to-HDMI adapter to the DVI connector.
3. Ensure that the adapter is firmly installed.
4. Use the compliant SPDIF Internal cable to
connect both the SPDIF connectors on the
VGA card and your mainboard. Make sure
to (1) plug the black cable to the SPDIFpin and the orange one to the GND-pin on
the mainboard; and (2) plug the other end
(2-pin white connector) of the cable to the
SPDIF connector on the VGA card. Note
that wrong installation may cause the
damage to the VGA card.
SPDIF Internal cable
Tip : If, on your computer, the
Autorun program does not execute
automatically, please 1) enable the
CD-ROM drive Auto-detect function
from Control Panel; or 2) find and
run the setup.exe file manually from
the CD.
Plug the 2-pin white connector
to the SPDIF connector on the
VGA card.
3. Click NVIDIA VGA Drivers. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Plug the black (BK) cable to the
SPDIF-pin and the orange (OG) one
to the GND-pin on the mainboard.
4. After finishing the installation, restart the computer as instructed.
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