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MSI GTX 580 Lightning vs. EVGA DS Superclocked vs. ASUS ENGTX580 DCII

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I'm making the purchase this weekend and I trust your guys' opinions.

The EVGA is $65 cheaper than the lightning. I'm going to be OC'ing obviously.

Do you guys think the lightning is worth the price jump? Which one is less noisy?
Edited by Kreeker - 5/29/11 at 12:24am
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EVGA has a lifetime warranty. MSI usually has a better cooler. It depends on your preference really, and your PC case as well.
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post #3 of 49
I know that the Lightning has 16 VRM's (hence the eletrical reference in the name i presume) so it would definately be a much more reliable OCer at higher voltage settings.

On the Noise department, unknown by me
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This is for a new build. Case is going to be a haf x, and cpu cooler will be a NH-D14.

Another option is the 3 gb EVGA... God I hate technology...
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I recommend the lightnings , i have mine oc'd past 930mhz on air and theres still more headroom but i hate heating my room THAT much
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I'd buy the lightning, but IMO, it's made for benchmarking and taking some abuse. High clocks and sub zero cooling are where this card shines. For daily overclocks, it probably still does well and runs cooler than reference cards.

EDIT: I should have googled the evga card prior to posting. I have no clue about the evga card but still think the lightning is a superior card although not sure if it's worth the money for a daily card.
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Since you have the HAF X case, the MSI lightning will do magnificently inside it for temperatures.
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Do your opinions change if I'm not looking for a bench card, but a card that will give me good stable OC numbers for gaming?
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I'd say go with the MSI for better cooling and for quiet fans, unless you have other cooling plans. The evga will heat up like a beast and the fan will be noisy.
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A more suitable comparison would be the ASUS DCII vs MSI Lightning.

Both use 2x8pin connectors, 16 phases , same amount of VRM´s etc and they are the only 580´s using these overclocking enhancing features/components.

Also you should take into consideration the ASUS Matrix GTX 580 but I think it will just be to damn pricey to be competitive.

So basically in 580´s at a reasonable price it comes down to ASUS DCII vs MSI Lightning.

And here you have to gather all the facts , info etc to make a decision.
For example : On HWbot almost all the scores are made with DCII and less by Lightnings.
I think ASUS is cherrypicking more chips than MSI.
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