Pros: 3GB vram, Excellent cooling, crazy overclocks, 3-year warranty, perfect single card solution, and LN2 ready!
Cons: You'll need a big case.
MSI has really done an amazing job on this card and the cooling solution they have chosen to go with. You've got the TwinFrozr cooling but with a little bit of excitement in it. You've got 2 huge blue fans on the front, that not only cool your card but at the same time when you first turn on your PC the fans will spin backwards for 45 seconds and remove all the dust and gunk from your card! Also, if your not one to monitor your temps while gaming and such, that's okay, they kept you guys in mind as well! The thermal monitor that comes with this bad boy actually turns the fans white, yes, I said white. Once your GPU reaches a certain temperature your fans will turn from blue to white! But don't worry, they will go back to blue.
Enough about appearance and all the pretty colors. Now, lets get on the subject of raw performance and the overclocking potential..
When you first receive your Lightning Xtreme, you won't receive it at stock clocks. A factory overclock has already been applied (1025v / 832 / 1664 / 2100) is what you get out of the box, and boy does it run cool! I have mine stuffed inside my 650D and even in a case that a total of FOUR fans, it'll idle at 36* and never break 65*. That's nice and chilly even in my case, imagine if you have a case better made for air cooling setups!
Now when you start overclocking this card you'll start to notice that you don't really have to start raising the voltage until you hit about 900 core, some have even reported that they didn't even touch the voltage till they hit 925 core, that's not only awesome, but on air as well. They highest clock I've been able to achieve with this card is ( 1113v / 955 / 1910 / 2400) and yielded some nice FPS increase from 832 / 1664 / 2100. Now one thing to keep in mind, this card isn't meant to be water cooled, if anything AIR and LN2. To my understanding Koolance was said to be making a block for this card around 3-4 months ago, but no one has really seen or heard anymore about it to my knowledge. However some have said that you can use a block, just not a full-cover block. Maybe a Kuhler mod? Anyone?
Single card/GPU solution you've got it. Now everyone says that this card is overkill for 1080p because 3GB is not needed for 1080p. I can max out ever major title with ease, still use more than 1.5GB vram and not have to worry about temperatures, running out of vram or forking out more cash for another card and a new power supply.
To wrap everything up here I'll just say this.
If you have the money in your budget, or the money at all, I would recommend this card to any serious gamer looking for a single GPU solution to game at about roughly any resolution. This card is cool, quiet, and never get's hot even in my 650D which stays pretty warm considering I only have 4 fans, and 2 of the are on my radiator. The overclocking potential you get is astonishing and can even help you getting into the LN2 benching because this card is ready for negative temperatures whenever you are. 3GB of vram so you don't have to worry about running out, and even if you don't want to overclock it yourself, it's already done for you! Power draw isn't as bad as you'd think either, I ran this card on a 600w GS600 from Corsair and it handled my 4.8Ghz 2600k, and that hefty 950 core clock on my GPU not problems.
So if the money is there, and your in the market for a nice, cool, quiet, single card solution the MSI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme 3GB is definitely the first in my book. Not to mention if you feel like you need more horsepower, for multiple monitors, 120Hz setups, or just moar frames, these things destroy everything in SLI, and there's no doubt you won't need to upgrade for quite a while!
Thanks for reading guys! if you've got something to add and or would like to say, please comment and express your opinions and thoughts!