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Hey there,

I've been planning on buying this card, but I'm actually not sure which would be the best card at the time beeing.

So far I thought the MSI Lightning Frozr 3

Actually I would like to know how long the card is now. Is it around 27cm or is it 30,5cm ?

thanks

Edit: I'm actually interested into the Gigabyte one with the three fans on it.
Edited by pnkspdr - 5/21/11 at 3:01am
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post #2 of 126
MSI Lightning Frozr 3
Would be my reccomendation simply because the amount of good reviews about how cool it is and how good the build quality is.
Width4.5 cm
Depth30.5 cm
Height12.7 cm
post #3 of 126
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Alright I pinned it down to three models.

MSI Twin Frozr III
MSI Twin Frozr II
Gigabyte Windforce 3x

which would you suggest ?
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If I'm not mistaken both the Gigabyte and the TFII MSI use the reference PCB which isn't bad but the Lightning uses a custom PCB designed for overclocking. The Asus GTX 580 DirectCUII also uses a custom PCB with good quality components and an excellent cooler on it. I would go with either the Lightning or the Asus DCII, I would probably lean towards the DCII if you want quiet and can handle it's three slot requirement, and probably go with the Lightning if you want the best chance of a very high OC because MSi bins their higher tiered cards.
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Loving my EVGA GTX-580! I have had great luck with there products ,also they are just up the street so rma is a snap!
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If your going surround in the future, i suggest waiting for msi lightning extreme edition (same as lghtning so far but diff colors and 3g).
If not the best are MSI Lightning, Gigabyte SOC, Asus DCuII. Asus is 3slots though...
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I actually read in some tests tho, that the 3gb aren't worth it compared to the standard 1,5gb. am I wrong ?
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Personally I would not go with the 3G flavor, I think the 1.5 will clock better but who knows for sure until it is out

Looks sick though
My vinillas work great but would trade them in a second for the Lightnings

Asus CU are awsome as well but three slots is to big for my case
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Originally Posted by pnkspdr View Post
I actually read in some tests tho, that the 3gb aren't worth it compared to the standard 1,5gb. am I wrong ?
Not in my opinion, unless you are using very high resolution you wont use that extra vram, and even then its not a huge increase
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