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Yes, what black & Senator said.

Yea sound's like the Lightning but if the Sparkle can keep up I'll get that, just hoping someone here own's one.

What type of benches are you looking at with a single 580? Just for reference I get 67FPS in Cinebench 11.5. 22675 on 3DMark06, 4500 on 3DMark11 w 6950.

Ah and any realtime 570 vs 580's? Just incase I get the lesser one, but I doubt it.
I'm not near my PC to run 3DMark11 but I was getting 27k in Vantage on GPU score with an 850/1700/2100 OC on my reference 580 with max gaming/ benching temps of 68.
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post #12 of 41
the lightniing one is crazy how that is overclocking like a beast
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To be honest, I get over 18k PPD on my GTX 570. The GTX 580 is more expensive and IIRC, it gets like 19-20k PPD?

Sorry about my stupidness :suzo:

Otherwise, Lighting for sure.
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post #14 of 41
Just be patient and wait for a msi gtx580 lightning to pop up on newegg open box. They pop up all the time.
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Lightning FTW
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Lightning FTW
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post #17 of 41
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Yes, what black & Senator said.

Yea sound's like the Lightning but if the Sparkle can keep up I'll get that, just hoping someone here own's one.

What type of benches are you looking at with a single 580? Just for reference I get 67FPS in Cinebench 11.5. 22675 on 3DMark06, 4500 on 3DMark11 w 6950.

Ah and any realtime 570 vs 580's? Just incase I get the lesser one, but I doubt it.
Have a chat with systemlayers as he owns a Sparkle and has his overclocked: http://www.overclock.net/member.php?u=68199

From our conversations, he seems to really like it as it is very quiet at full load with great temps (pretty much on par with decent watercooling!). He also mentioned that he runs it passively at idle/Windows, which, if noise is an important factor to you, can be one of the biggest selling points. Plus, the color scheme of the card would match up with your power supply.

With that said, another alternative is you could also buy a vanilla GTX 580 from EVGA (as they go on sale for under $500 after rebate), and can also slap on the same AXP cooler as the Sparkle. EVGA doesn't care if you use aftermarket coolers though. In the event you need to RMA the card, just make sure you install the stock cooler on there, and they'll take care of the rest.

YMMV, but both of my vanilla cards seem to overclock very well even with just the stock coolers.
     
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Found a 3DMark 11 run from late May. Nothing in my system has changed so this is as accurate as possible.

Forgot I had uploaded it to Tinypic.



Edit that's something like 48% more than the 6950. Was it overclocked? Was your system OC'd? Or do Nvidia cards just do better in 3DMark? :/
Edited by blackbalt89 - 6/11/11 at 4:43pm
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3DMark11 was done @ stock GPU.

I just ran vantage @ 835MHz 6950 2gb, Stock CPU (Reinstalled OS the other day haven't OC'd back to 4Ghz yet) GPU score: 17709

Even if I was at 4Ghz that 580's still trumphing it.
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post #20 of 41
May I recommend Asus ENGTX 580 DC II? They OC like champs. 3 slot though.

Lightning is more for benching with extreme cooling.

The Sparkle card probably performs excellent, although the Asus would be better.
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