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[TT] MSI GTX580 Lightning overclocked review

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http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/399...iew/index.html
Yup 580 time .


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At $519 US you just need to ask yourself one question. Do you want the fastest single GPU card available? If the answer to that is "Yes", then this is the card for you. The GTX 580 is fast; when overclocked it's faster again. Overclocked even more due to the extra abilities you get from the "Lightning" series and you've just got a card that's Lightning fast. Excuse the lame pun!

Something that's so important to know about the Lightning series is while MSI put a huge amount of effort into making them the best cards for people who are doing extreme overclocking via LN2, they're a fantastic card for people who are just interested in overclocking on the cooler.
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Great card and that cooler is amazing!
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I love how the cooler extends past the SLI connectors. DAAAAAMN.
    
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Internal dissipation is great for 2-way when you can separate the cards enough to leave room for circulation between them, but 3-way and 4-way: this won't work. I guess you can't 3-way/4-way DCIIs either since they're 3-slot.

Funny how the 6950 CF stock usually beats the 580 @ 930. Unlock those 6950s to 6970s with 800Mhz and they'll equal that 6990 that wins in every test.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 4/11/11 at 9:21am
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Any difference with the copper edition of this card?

Edit: whoops, I meant the 560 Ti version. Well if anyone knows the difference between those two, I wouldn't mind knowing
Edited by xSeany - 4/11/11 at 9:56am
    
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