I will narrow it down
The TOP Air Cooling solutions on the 580 currently available on the market are:
The cards that use that coolers are:
.)MSI GTX 580 Lightning => TWFIII =>extreme dense copper heatsink design,high amount of copper heatpipes, individual cooling for VRMÂ´s, RAM & Core.
.)ASUS GTX 580 DCUII =>DCUII=>triple slot cooling solution,also high dense copper heatsink but everything is cooled at once and that is the kicker.
If you have very high voltages going through all the parts will get hot individually and then the cooling of the DCUII will be significantly compromised because the heat is dissipated through one big clump of copper instead of being dissipated individually like with for example the Lightning.
.)ASUS GTX 580 Matrix =>DCUII=>identical heatsink as the DCUII , no modifications done whatsoever.
MSI GTX 580 Lightning +/-
+ Highly sophisticated and extreme power delivery capability and voltage tuning
(16phases, 2x8pin,individual voltage tuning for core,RAM, PWM )
+ As a result of that great overclocking potential and of course high voltage tolerance
+ Very efficient cooling due to extreme dense copper heatsink and my personal decisionmaker over the rest of 580Â´s ...smart individual cooling for the main heatpoints on the PCB and therefor more efficient cooling at higher clocks with higher voltages.
+ individual switches for manual voltage tuning
+ connectors which enable the user to read out the voltages for realtime voltage measurment
- higher price
- very long
ASUS GTX 580 DCUII
+ quieter cooling at lower clocks and voltages
- triple slot , thus very big, thus for most people no SLI
- unfortunetly no individual cooling for the important components
- normal phase amount and no individual voltage tweaking
sry no hating but I could not find many + points so I hope people can mention more + so I can edit
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix:
+ 16 phases , huge amount of votlage tweaking and adjustment tools
+ handy buttons indstead of tiny switches like on the Lightning for manual tweaking
+ nice looking LEDÂ´s that depict the votlage level by color
- no modifications done whatsoever on the DCII cooler , meaning still great cooling but not optimal for heavy voltages and clocks because of all in one dissipation.
- Due to DCII triple slot
- very very pricey compared to the DCII and Lightning
- reviews have shown the card to overclock pretty bad and also not even cool as properly as the normal DCII which is highly questionable?
These are the main factors of the cards but since I wanna offer more source for each and everyone to form their oppinions here some vids on the cards
(Unfortunetly the Matrix does not have one yet since it is only about to be released)
MSI GTX 580 Lightning :
ASUS GTX 580 DCII
As you can see what I said is showing off right here
The card got up to 95 degrees in Idle and 110 degrees at full load.
When the card is stressed a lot and running high clocks the big heatsink becomes redundant because all the heat from all components is tryed to be expelled by one big layer of copper and fins which is just not optimal in my oppinion.
The DCII is not really meant to be overclocked high ...it only has some voltage features so it can be competitive ....buy the DCII if you donÂ´t wanna overclock high and still want to have quiet operation at low clocks with reasonably good temps