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post #11 of 19
check this article out

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...lock,2993.html
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I want a 580, but comparing my 480 to the 580 there isn't a huge difference. Might snatch another 480 at some point if I feel like putting the water block on it. Stupid stand offs...

I just got an MSI GTX 560 Ti, colors don't match my color scheme, but thats nothing that paint can't fix. The Lightning should perform a bit better seeing how MSI loves to OC their cards just so it doesn't have factory stats. Might have better cooling too. Price the 2 cards around (Directron has awesome deals on graphics cards) and determine the lowest price vs performance.

If all your wanting is to enjoy your games maxed, any GTX 580 will do this. My 480 still woops most games on max settings. I have had issues with a few new releases only because I haven't updated my driver in a few months. Since you aren't playing on a 1200p resolution there is no need for the higher memory version of the cards. Tom's hardware has reviews on almost every graphics card out there, I chose my MSI GTX 560 Ti based off one of their comparisons. If you are doubting go there. Granted, you can always just overclock the card. I OC'd mine to EVGA's Hydro card's specs and boy was that little boost helpful. Gonna see how far I can take it on stock voltages
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Thanks for that Article Idea, I'm reading it currently.

I'm currently debating over the MSi Lightnign Twin FROZR II 1.5gb, or my ASUS model. Seems the MSI model does quite well Overclocking wise.. Ooh, now I'm even moar conf00sed.
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I came from a GTX 480 to the Matrix 580. I definitely notice a difference playing BC2. My typical gaming clock speed is 925 or 950. My max OC on the 480 was 850.
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I had 2 470s in sli and my new 580 pretty much keeps up with them. For a single card they are real nice.
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Thanks for that Article Idea, I'm reading it currently.

I'm currently debating over the MSi Lightnign Twin FROZR II 1.5gb, or my ASUS model. Seems the MSI model does quite well Overclocking wise.. Ooh, now I'm even moar conf00sed.
The Lightning MSi is a Twin Frozr III, BTW. I'm also on the search for a 580 Lightning, 1.5gb version. But ATM, they are impossible to find brand new! Occasionally you may find a private seller with a used one, but they usually try and rip you off.

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Amazon are stocking them mate, and I said Frozr II because we don't have any III..

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Originally Posted by VoodooActual View Post
Hmm, The fact that it's ASUS and the DirectCu saves me the money on an aftermarket GPU cooler.. I just thought that maybe an SLi of two cards would beat it.. I just want to enjoy my games maxed :'(
then but something cheaper and enjoy your money!

*My opinion-> If you need to ask "is it worth it" ..then no..its probably not for you. Dont buy it for the epeen.. get what you NEED.. which is a much less expensive GPU to play on your limited resolution screen. Grab a TwinFrozr 570 or a Hawk.. [NOT reference model] and keep the extra change. You'll be able to max out your games just fine, without maxing your wallet+cooling+PSU all together.

-besides with res under 1920x1080.. the GTX580 is such a waste. No one ever buys a Ferrari to drive it around in 2nd gear
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Originally Posted by VoodooActual View Post
Amazon are stocking them mate, and I said Frozr II because we don't have any III..

GTX 580 FROZRII
Well yeah, but its just that you said Lightning TFII. The title "Lightning" is only tied to a TFIII. The TFII 580 are just called...Twin Frozr II.

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