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post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by ztmike;14580967 
1.) EVGA cards don't overclock for ****. They run hot, and their noisy. (YAY reference design!)

2.) Whoever you got that the Lighting is noisy..don't ever listen to that person again. The noise factor is thee one of Lightings best selling points, With my HAF 932 case with performance fans, I can't even barely hear my Lighting Extreme over it and the fan profile is set at 80%!

And yes I own a Lighting XT (see sig)

I don't it's fair to say that they can't overclock. I just keep mine at 880mhz for 24/7 use because it barely gets over 70C while gaming in gpu intensive games(with a 1%:1C after 55C). My card can hit 980mhz at 1.15V, but even if I thought it was 100% stable and had it under water, I wouldn't keep it that high. I think the main advantage for this card coming from a pragmatic point of view is the cooler, both for its noise under load and cooling (yes, I have owned a card with a tfIII cooler). It all depends what you think is worth the money.

(OP you may also want to check out the 580 ocing thread for more info/advice)

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Edited by Infinite Jest - 8/14/11 at 1:50pm
post #12 of 30
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I've just seen a couple of people complaining about the noise, but maybe they're just extremely picky. Whether the lightning is loud or not I guess it still is quieter than the reference card. I actually am leaning more towards the MSI lightning now tongue.gif. I don't mind spending the extra for much better cooling and sound (not to mention overclocking).

Infinite Jest - is the superclocked version the same as the reference one (only overclocked)?
    
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post #13 of 30
Same chip. I went with it under the assumption that they were binned from the advice of users on OCN and a mod on the EVGA forums. Can't go wrong withe either of these cards (EVGA, MSI) IMO. Go with what fits your budget.
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i played with my lightnings for about 2h today and got a nice score of 8341 on the first one at 980/2275 and 8551 which is nr1 score on hwbot for a gtx 580 on air;) and that was at 1010/2250, that both at 1.19v at 72c max at the core and 43-36 on vregs and mems;)
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If you're gonna say that then you should also mention your ambients and fan speeds. Especially seeing how low your ambients are and how high your fan speed is (9C and 100% IIRC). Also those kind of results certainly can't be guaranteed or expected even out of a Lightning.
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thats actually with a normal ambient;) ill do a run at 7c 2m and see if it gives me another 10mhz out of the core;)
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Dayumm, Broski, dats cold!!
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by ztmike;14580967 
1.) EVGA cards don't overclock for ****. They run hot, and their noisy. (YAY reference design!)

2.) Whoever you got that the Lighting is noisy..don't ever listen to that person again. The noise factor is thee one of Lightings best selling points, With my HAF 932 case with performance fans, I can't even barely hear my Lighting Extreme over it and the fan profile is set at 80%!

And yes I own a Lighting XT (see sig)

Any card running 3 fans will make some noise. It's not as loud as a full rpm single fan but you can still hear it. People who complained had unrealistic expectations. At 100% fan speed you definitely need headphones.

Now it is worth the $90 price premium ? Not really, the 580 doesn't have the problems of the 570 and it's not as hot as a 480.
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TF coolers are just 2 fans.
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post #20 of 30
I was in the same boat as OP, and wish I would have went with the MSI TFII. I picked up the EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR. Now i'm looking at the Zalman cooling solutions to keep it cold while OC'ing.

http://3dmark.com/3dmv/3397892
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