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If your going for a quiet solution, get yourself a reference 580 and slap an after market cooling solution like the arctic cooling xtreme plus or the thermalright shaman. The lightning is meant to be a top performer, not to operate quietly. For what I have seen of the 580 lightning, it will be much louder than a reference with one of the coolers I mentioned.

If you don't care about noise though, the lightning is an amazing card with the stock cooler. You should probably get around 900-950mhz on air, since putting more voltage through is no problem with all those power phases.
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I don't recommend the Shaman although it's an amazing cooler it takes up FIVE slots when you count in the bolts on the top of the card. Leaves no room for expansion at all hardly. So unless that's completely okay with you.
MSI lightning would be a loud card from my perception and so would the asus I think. At least in my personal opinion - I know most gamers and performance enthusiasts don't much hear the same things as I do .
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Asus bringing out a GTX580 matrix edition
     
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well the only 3gb model that would be in my possible price range is the gainward phantom. all others are above 500 bucks here at the moment. there is actually another vga cooler out there besides the shaman and the xtreme plus which is supposed to cool even better. i'm talking about the alpenföhn peter. pretty huge thing with 12x 6mm heatpipes
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post #85 of 126
Well wait i didn't read the whole thread but you are only on a U2311 Dell? Well you really don't need 3GB vram then unless you plan on going 1600p or more.
Just go for a 580 1.5gb with AXP then it's more than enough cooling/silence in 3 slots.
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thats actually what I was saying. I don't plan on using more then one monitor. I already did before and its cool, but at the moment it takes up to much space. So yep.

anyone got actually experience on the alpenföhn peter ? not sure if they sell it in america actually
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Originally Posted by pnkspdr View Post
well the only 3gb model that would be in my possible price range is the gainward phantom. all others are above 500 bucks here at the moment. there is actually another vga cooler out there besides the shaman and the xtreme plus which is supposed to cool even better. i'm talking about the alpenföhn peter. pretty huge thing with 12x 6mm heatpipes
Forget the Asus matrix,guaranteed killer price tagafter getting your Phantom,next would be 2nd monitor to complete the packageBetter to get a 580 equipped with good cooling,no point spending extra unless you are using a ref card that comes without the enhancements I posted earlier,if not getting second monitor,get one with higher resolutions like 30inch
Edited by Thomas73 - 5/24/11 at 11:45am
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well since i plan on using this pc for several years to come by, it would make sense to get the phantom. case closed. ill grab that black baby once i sold my 5870
might be enough money even for a second dell. we shall see
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post #89 of 126
Wow that cooler you described looks like it could just nearly run a 580 passive or with extremely low airflow anyways. Still would likely be a 4 or 5 slot solution though with no SLI capability in the future if that matters.
Let us know how it sounds stock. I'm curious.
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yea thought so too
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