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So I just bought a MSI Lightning Extreme 3gb and they are already gone, don't know if anybody get any back. My question is if I cannot get a another what other 3GB card should I pair up with.

I am SLI'ing for 3 2048x1152 monitors to surround that why I going SLI route.
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Any other 3GB GTX580 would do just fine..

The higher clocked card would automatically downclock to match lower clocked card..


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Any other 3GB GTX580 would do just fine..

The higher clocked card would automatically downclock to match lower clocked card..


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That seems like it would kinda kill's the whole point of having The MSI Extreme clocked cards. Wouldn't I just be better of Selling the Limited Edition card and buying 2 reference GTX 580 3GB.
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That seems like it would kinda kill's the whole point of having The MSI Extreme clocked cards. Wouldn't I just be better of Selling the Limited Edition card and buying 2 reference GTX 580 3GB.
Well that's one of your options,or somehow buy another MSI Lightning Extreme GTX580 3GB..

You could sell it and go for a pair of another GTX580 3GB (EVGA,Palit,PoV,Gainward etc)..

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Just wait for the Lightning X to show up again, it's just in high demand it's not discontinued.
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Dude...get another LE....with SLI of those beast....you will destroy games now and for yearssssss
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Okay seems like I will have to wait, and put my MSI 9600GT to to good use as my physics and 3rd monitor support.
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Okay seems like I will have to wait, and put my MSI 9600GT to to good use as my physics and 3rd monitor support.
The 9600gt is FAR too weak to be a physx card. You need ATLEAST a GTS 250.

Also I don't think you can have the 9600GT for a third monitor.
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The 9600gt is FAR too weak to be a physx card. You need ATLEAST a GTS 250.

Also I don't think you can have the 9600GT for a third monitor.
Pretty sure this is incorrect.

Anything GT 240 and up will help as dedicated Physx, not that anyone should actually give a damn about Physx. More impotant, yes, it will function just fine as two extra monitor outputs. Nice to have the option to hook up monitors independent of any SLI/Surround config on the main SLI video cards.

As for what to do with your rare video card...the best answer is to sell it for a premium and either get 2 x 580 1.5GB cards or, if you want to burn money, 3 580 3GB cards.

This brouhaha over 3GB vRAM has been so laughably overblown among people who should really know better and do some basic testing. Just because a handful of games are "filling up" 1.5GB vRAM at high resolutions does not automatically mean performance is choked when that happens. At up to 4x MSAA, you are talking about maybe two games that will do that at 5760 x 1080p. Beyond 4x MSAA, there is nothing on the market that has the raw horsepower to give smooth performance at that resolution and noticeable IQ improvement, because at that point only supersampling actually looks appreciably better.

If you are a millionaire, then I guess three GTX 580 3GB will help you in one or two games where you'd otherwise be constrained. Other than that minute exception, it's a complete waste of time, as two GTX 580 3GB don't give you enough raw horsepower to run multi-monitor resolutions comfortably anyway.
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Pretty sure this is incorrect.

Anything GT 240 and up will help as dedicated Physics, not that anyone should actually give a damn about Physics. More important, yes, it will function just fine as two extra monitor outputs. Nice to have the option to hook up monitors independent of any SLI/Surround config on the main SLI video cards.

As for what to do with your rare video card...the best answer is to sell it for a premium and either get 2 x 580 1.5GB cards or, if you want to burn money, 3 580 3GB cards.

This brouhaha over 3GB vRAM has been so laughably overblown among people who should really know better and do some basic testing. Just because a handful of games are "filling up" 1.5GB vRAM at high resolutions does not automatically mean performance is choked when that happens. At up to 4x MSAA, you are talking about maybe two games that will do that at 5760 x 1080p. Beyond 4x MSAA, there is nothing on the market that has the raw horsepower to give smooth performance at that resolution and noticeable IQ improvement, because at that point only supersampling actually looks appreciably better.

If you are a millionaire, then I guess three GTX 580 3GB will help you in one or two games where you'd otherwise be constrained. Other than that minute exception, it's a complete waste of time, as two GTX 580 3GB don't give you enough raw horsepower to run multi-monitor resolutions comfortably anyway.
I don't know about that I have 3 monitors and they have a higher than normal rez, 2048 x 1152, outputting 6144x1152, now I can play any of the Crysis games except for 2 of course don't own yet at almost ultra with 2 MSI 6970 2gb above and 2-4x AA, anything above that I would hit ram limit and basically not playable. Same with other games kept hitting ram limit past the 2GB. So I figure 3GB should be good. You might be right 2 GTX580 might not be powerful enough and probably wait for the 7000k AMD or the 600 Nvidia to have enough power.

That why I figure I go for 2 MSI GTX lighting exepct I didn't have 1200 bucks all at once and now that I bought one everybody who had them are sold out. So figure I might pair with another GTX 580, the only other one I can find is the Zotac AMP 2 3GB, and it clocked alittle slower than the MSI.
Edited by asmodyus - 8/6/11 at 11:40pm
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