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Hi guys, so my next upgrade is going to be a 3GB 580. (Before you ask, i do need 3GB for 3D rendering and future monitor upgrade )

Im not sure what one to get. Do i wait for the MSI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition or go with EVGA?

My only concern with the MSI lightning is that it exhasusts heat into the case...i dont know if i want that really.

Anyone have any input that could help with my decision?

Thanks

EDIT: What are the stock clock speeds of a 3GB 580? Do the EVGA and MSI ones come overclocked slightly?
Edited by 8564dan - 7/30/11 at 6:02am
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All cards exhaust heat in the case and the lightning is a very solid card.
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msi, they have consistent quality
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I'm running 2 of the MSI cards with Twin Frozr coolers and even OC'd they never exceed 65*c. Though honestly, comparing the Lightning Xtreme to the reference EVGA is like comparing apples to oranges. The Lightning Xtreme is in a class of it's own, it has superior cooling and superior components, allowing to oc much higher than a reference EVGA card. Here's a screenshot of my cards temp under load, as you can see they've been loaded for a while.
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Heat in the case is not an issue at all with MSI if you have decent case airflow to vent it. You are only talking about 1 card when there are people running 2+ in SLI running on air. Not to mention that the Twin Frozr III runs the card up to 20 degrees cooler than the EVGA.

But with EVGA you get a lifetime warranty. It really depends on what you want. If you don't plan to OC the card at all and will not likely do SLI then EVGA might be the better choice for you. (MSI has features specifically built into the card for massive OC that EVGA does not have)
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Do you plan on going SLI? What is your slot spacing layout? If you do plan on doing sli and they will be next to each other then go with the EVGA - otherwise if you aren't or have proper slot placement then go with the MSI as its far superior
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I say go MSI
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Another vote for the MSI. Top quality components.
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Do you plan on going SLI? What is your slot spacing layout? If you do plan on doing sli and they will be next to each other then go with the EVGA - otherwise if you aren't or have proper slot placement then go with the MSI as its far superior
I hear this a lot, it's simply not true unless you have a case with poor cooling performance. See my post above, I'm running 2 Twin Frozr 580's that are OC'd and my temps are lower than a lot of the posts I see of people running 2 reference cards. My board isn't anything special, it has standard spacing.
http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z68A-GD65--G3-.html
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post #10 of 35
I'd go with the EVGA one. The GTX 580 3GB is a card you will most likely keep for a very long time, so you'll be glad you have a Lifetime Warranty if anything ever happens to it.
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