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In our opinion, MSI has a winner on its hands that likely won’t be eclipsed for some time. 3GB of memory may be dubious in its usefulness in some scenarios but with DX11 games demanding more and more memory resources, we’d highly recommend this type of layout for upcoming games. If ultra high resolution gaming isn’t your thing, the “vanilla” Lightning is out there but Xtreme Edition still is one hell of a card that’s well worth its asking price…but only to those who can absolutely afford it.

Edited by Bigo1087 - 5/30/11 at 7:15am
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I think I'll stick to the regular Lightning. Not sure 3GB of memory is worth the extra coin...
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Yah....Im dissapointed.......I wouldnt pay more than an extra $50.......if there is very little performace gain, and there is a little loss due to the increased memmory latency

Unless this thing can OC better mabey?
Edited by Bigo1087 - 5/30/11 at 7:49am
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I think a lot of people knew 3GB wasn't going to be important. Not really liking the color changing fan, but reversing the flow on the fans to keep dust out seems like a good idea (although I think they had done this on one of their cards before).
 
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Did they use some crappy AMD drivers? Cause their performance is really bad. Is it 11.2 CAP (out on 3/16/2011) with 11.4 drivers when 11.5b is already out? Or did Nvidia's drivers improve so much over the last ~2 months?
And no SSD still? Meh. It affects min frame rates noticeably.

Edit: or maybe it's just factory OCed cards making 6970 look bad... Metro and LP2 do look odd, though.
Edited by zalbard - 5/30/11 at 7:56am
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^ This is an Nvidia card...

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How is it doing worse the than 1.5GB version?
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It's not meant for cheapo 1080P monitors. Losing less than than 1 fps at those low resolutions isn't something a user would even notice either.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 5/30/11 at 11:50am
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^ This is an Nvidia card...

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The review has a 6970 2GB for comparison. The numbers it put out were pretty poor hence his AMD Driver question/comment. I think he knew the GTX 580 is a Nvidia card wink.gif
 
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Single card performance of the 3GB isn't as good as 1.5GB, as noted by the author. Memory latency has a small hit on gaming performance as seen in the testing.

Multi-monitor, the performance will be way better.

This card isn't for everyone, nor is it meant to be portrayed as such.

And if you're disappointed, you need to realize that 3GB memory chips come at a cost to single card performance.
    
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It's not meant for cheapo 1080P monitors. Losing less than than 1 fps at those low resolutions isn't something a user would even notice either.

Hmm....I mis read the graphs....so it does perform better in situations of high res and high AA usage. Thats to be expected...


My monitor is 2560x1400, so ive been looking for the best single 580 that would give me the best results for the summer.

Ive been hearing alot about need more than 1.5 GB Vram on many threads

Hence. I was little thrown off when they said it does have 1-2% hit, but i guess thats only at lower resolutions.

I'm getting the card regardless.
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Single card performance of the 3GB isn't as good as 1.5GB, as noted by the author. Memory latency has a small hit on gaming performance as seen in the testing.

Multi-monitor, the performance will be way better.

This card isn't for everyone, nor is it meant to be portrayed as such.

And if you're disappointed, you need to realize that 3GB memory chips come at a cost to single card performance.

A cost I'm willing to accept for future proofing. But when will these cards ship??gunner2.gif
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