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Looks like a cheap toy from the dollar tree was used to cover the block...
Yea haha, i was thinking of something like that, it looks like such a plastic ripoff.
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post #12 of 29
reference 580's can hit those overclocks (i know mine did). they should have pushed this card more.
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18 Phase VRM and you stop at 1.15V? Weaksauce.
The 1.15v is the standard max set by nvidia, and they won't allow zotac to put out a card with a higher max volt, no matter if its a non-reference pcb.

The extra phases are meant for LN2 overclocking and more stable overclocking than the reference, and not for "normal" users.

The max watt you can put into the card is 375w anyway.
So to be able to actually use all the VRMs on it, you need to mod the card for extra power delivery, which every day users aren't going to do.

All of those special cards are more of a gimmick than what you actually need to pull out extra $$$ from consumers.
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Wow, that is some serious pixel pushing power there. 46.3 GPix/s? Nice!

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Bat Mobile!
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... these versions of GTX580 ... are somehow a little over the edge...

If they did a Watercooled with extra phases ... but no ... they just do a XPTO card with XX phase design that will clock as much as a reference card ...

Yes... it's for bellow zero temps but ... common ... i didn't see much gains from all 580's i tried ( Lightning, DCU2 and reference ) for the common mortal ...
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Huh, it looks awesome!
    
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Every time a high end card comes out Zotac slaps a fat ugly air cooler on it and marks the price up about $100.
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The 1.15v is the standard max set by nvidia, and they won't allow zotac to put out a card with a higher max volt, no matter if its a non-reference pcb.

The extra phases are meant for LN2 overclocking and more stable overclocking than the reference, and not for "normal" users.

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So to be able to actually use all the VRMs on it, you need to mod the card for extra power delivery, which every day users aren't going to do.

All of those special cards are more of a gimmick than what you actually need to pull out extra $$$ from consumers.
That's why the Lightning max is 1.3V? You can always unlock the bios yourself. You don't need more power. Less heat = more power to the card which is why LN2 is more stable.
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That's why the Lightning max is 1.3V? You can always unlock the bios yourself. You don't need more power. Less heat = more power to the card which is why LN2 is more stable.
I'm not sure what you smoked, but the msi 580 lightning doesn't have a max of 1.3v.
It has a normal 1.15v max in the bios.

And unlocking the bios isn't as simple as you think for the fermi.
You can "unlock" it by loading an asus bios with 1.2v max, but it doesn't work well.
The only way to "unlock" the 580, is a hard vmod. Nvidia made sure of that.
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