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post #11 of 36
+1 to MSI Lighting. Its one nice card! Non ref board and cooler. Can achieve great overclocks with it and its cooler keeps it nice and cool. Even if you don't plan on overclocking, its still worth it because its just a great card.
post #12 of 36
Definitely Lightning. Rock solid 16 phase support which can easily gobble up 1kw of power if you can throw it at it. Plus that TFIII cooler keeps temps lower than your average 580. .
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Originally Posted by Strider_2001 View Post
Better chances of a better OC with the lightning model because of the VRM's being designed better...
While this is true, it mostly depends on the quality of the gpu and what cooling you have. The only time that many phases really shines is when your overclocking on ln2. You might have a slight advantage in air/water cooling because your able to push the volts higher without the possibility of overheating, but it is for the most part overkill.

However, this is ocn, so I say get the lightning card if you want the best performance possible on air. If your looking to watercool, you might want to get a reference card like the evga, but do not get a superclocked card, the vanilla 580's are generally much better clockers.
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Lightning FTW , i run a pair in sli way overclocked and they run cool and are extremely powerful.
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post #15 of 36
MSI Lightning all the way. You get triple overvoltage, so not only overvolting the core, but also memory and PLL. The TF III cooler is pretty epic, and the cards seemed to be binned for great overclocks. Plus it's dual slot instead of triple slot. For $10 more than the EVGA SC it's a no brainer.
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too ugly? what does your friend stares into his computer case all day and not the screen?
Ummm, ehh, I kinda do that too....

On topic, I'm going with SLI Lightnings as well...
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lightning man!
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Anyone know of any place that sells the lightning cheaper than newegg?
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Msi!
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