Originally Posted by armartins
I stand by your side. From another owner of both the DCII and Lightning 580... I don't know how things are right now with the 6XX series lightning X DCII in terms of thermal dissipation performance. Comparing both cards in "auto fan" is nonsense since the DCII fan default profile is stupidly low and it will let the card burn while overclocked. If you put both cards with the fans spinning at the same RPM DCII outperforms TFIII by a good margin while still being quieter. It's for a reason that it uses 3 Slots. In my experience the lightning had more headroom for OC but air wasn't enough to keep ~1000Mhz for gaming, the DCII had avaliable full cover WBs back then already reducing the slots needed to 2... both great cards. I had the DCII and switched to the Lightning hoping for higher gaming overclock and got a hotter noisier card that had potential but air wasn't enought to keep the max OC. Right now with Kepler being so "green" the lightning can keep the max OC as it seens and make the 680 shine, but I think the TF4 with it's sexy looks and neat fan cleaning feature still won't outperform the massive DC II design in terms of temps/noise. But MSI's card engeneering is better IMO.
Continually talking smack about how the DC2 is superior to TF4 is borderline thread crapping, this is a lightning owners club, not a DC2 owners club. While on that topic, the difference between the DC2 580 and lightning 580 is that the TF4 went through a re-design, and the 680 has signifigatly better fan speeds with the TF4. The TF4 has the potential to spin at higher rpms, which wasn't the case with the TF3. Before anyone sees fit to argue, please save it, this is a lightning thread, enough with the thraed crapping about how great the DC2 is. I don't go to the EVGA forum to talk smack about how much I hate the FTW. Or how much better the lightning is than the FTW. That crap is ridiculous. Like I said anyone talking up the DC2 in this thread, why not just make a DC2 owners club thread or something......I don't see the point of trolling in this thread talking about how great the DC2 is and so much better than the MSI cooler....make your own thread...
You wanted comparisons, techreport reviewed both in the same system while the DC2 performed worse. And a card that lets the chip burn while on auto fan? Interesting, thats a sure sign of idiocy in the design phase. Most people do use auto fan. Again, enough with the trolling and thread crapping about how much people love their DC2s. Go elsewhere in your own owners club thread.Edited by xoleras - 7/14/12 at 11:50pm