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post #1 of 29
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i can buy a new evga gtx 580 reference for around the same price as a barley used MSI Gtx 580 lightning $470. Would you guys go with the lightning as the warranty is still in place and has never actually been overclocked whatsoever according to the seller?
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post #2 of 29
If you plan to keep it air cooled I'd go with the lightning. If you plan to wc it I'd go with the reference.
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post #3 of 29
EVGA, imo. Personal experience with the company.
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post #4 of 29
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yeah im kinda leaning towards the lightning i mean if its the same price why not get the better one even though its used
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post #5 of 29
If the seller has a good rating I'd go for it. I don't know how good the heatsink on the MSI Gtx 580 lightning is compared to other reference heatsinks.

I know that the GELID Solutions Icy Vision Rev. 2 is a really good heatsink, but I wouldn't use the GC-2 TIM that comes with it. They have a much better TIM called the GC-extreme. I don't know why they don't sell the heatsink with the best TIM they have...
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post #6 of 29
He bought the lightning card and never oc? Hard to believe
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post #7 of 29
The Twin Frozr III heatsink on the lightning is second to none and the hardware on it is far superior to a reference card. They OC very high and easily. I would go with the Lightning w/o a second thought.
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post #8 of 29
I have both of these and I would have to say go with the Lightning 100%. It overclocks better, runs cooler, more quiet, basically everything is improved over the reference except it doesn't exhaust the hot air out.
post #9 of 29
Get the Lightning,... NOW!

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post #10 of 29
Id say there is a 100% chance that the seller is selling the card because its a bad oc`er. Why else would someone sell a brand new card (thats currently then newest and best), a card made for oc`ing to be percise. And if you believe hes never oc`ed it, your just being nieve...................They all give the same speech "Oh I need the monies for my sick grandma". Some of the smarter ones will have better excuses but seriously - who goes and buys a £500 gpu then realizes they cant afford it, or even says they bought it to test and loose £100 in the process blah blah blah. Bound to be a dodgey reason dude. Just get the standard one in my opinnion
    
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