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[G3D] Msi GTX 580 Lightning Review

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Once you start to manually overclock you can get close to 900 MHz, but it would be a shame to not voltage tweak at the very least the GPU. Grab AfterBurner, set your voltage at 1.2V and you can take the GPU into sixth gear, we actually ended at a lovely 950 MHz on that graphics core and would we have taken some more time and fiddle around with the cooler RPM, then that 1 GHz might be a barrier you could reach, though after 950 MHz things will get increasingly difficult plus your noise levels would go up quite a bit.

But yeah that's the fun factor, the card allows you to do that stuff without too much risk. Heck the military class components and rigid VRM design makes the product go where other can't.
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I always thought that Nvidias single flagship cards were beastly, its a shame that they are pricey.
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Been following this one for a bit now. Anyone still looking for a 580 should consider picking one of these up. I have my 580 now which works great, but when the next-gen graphics cards come out I'll probably wait for one of these types of cards after the initial cards are launched now since I have my 580 to hold me over for awhile.
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Cool, a real review instead of Tbreak's bullcrap. This has got to be my favorite cooler design and aftermarket revision. I love my reference MSI 580 with the AXP. keeps it very cool and does so very quietly, even though I run the fans at 100% it's inaudible over my case fans. Stil I'd trade it for this in a heartbeat. So sexy :O~

OCP disable switch on the back, haha awesome

12 power phases. errrrgghhhhh wanttttt. Cant wait to see this baby outbench the DCUII on LN2
Edited by Shredicus - 4/15/11 at 4:38pm
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Originally Posted by Shredicus View Post
Cool, a real review instead of Tbreak's bullcrap. This has got to be my favorite cooler design and aftermarket revision. I love my reference MSI 580 with the AXP. keeps it very cool and does so very quietly, even though I run the fans at 100% it's inaudible over my case fans. Stil I'd trade it for this in a heartbeat. So sexy :O~

OCP disable switch on the back, haha awesome

12 power phases. errrrgghhhhh wanttttt. Cant wait to see this baby outbench the DCUII on LN2
True that.
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