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Overclocked out of the box.
Good additional overclocking potential.
Dual BIOS switch.
Reasonable price increase.
Voltage tuning via MSI Afterburner.
Low power consumption.
DIP switches for enthusiast overclockers.
Native fullsize HDMI.
Noisy fan under load.
Power draw limiter could complicate advanced overclocking.
DirectX 11 relevance limited at this time.
Get loud when voltage is increased significantly.
By APC Magazine on July 14, 2011
Sometimes the naming conventions of the VGA options from NVIDIA and AMD combined with the naming conventions of the OEMs like MSI, ASUS and GIGABYTE create some truly mind-bending names. Thankfully, MSI has created a series of cards so excellent, you...
By Ocaholic on July 06, 2011
With the GTX 580 Lightning, MSI has a graphics card in its portfolio which promises to be extra class. Therefore the card comes with a completely customized TwinFrozerII cooler as well as a PCB that has been redesigned from bottom up. In this case...
By HardwareZone.com on June 28, 2011
The specifications of the MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme are no doubt impressive. Clock speeds out of the box are among the highest we have seen and that 3GB of GDDR5 memory will surely catch the attention of any enthusiast. Throw in that unique,...
By Pureoverclock on June 08, 2011
The GTX 580 Lightning Twin Frozr III successfully continues MSI's tradition of bringing graphics cards that feature high performance and low temperatures to consumers that demand top quality products. This card is a behemoth in just about every...
By HardOCP on June 02, 2011
The MSI N580GTX Lightning is without a doubt the finest GeForce GTX 580 based video card we've seen. MSI really showed what its power-saving technologies can do with this video card. It uses less power when idling and under load than the reference...
By Kitguru.net on June 01, 2011
Another showcase product from MSI and an ideal partner for a performance...
By TechRadar on May 26, 2011
Nvidia's GTX 580 is a highly desirable card. AMD doesn't have a card to rival it. The HD 6970 is decent but doesn't compete directly. And the dual Antilles-powered HD 6990 overshoots the price mark at £540. What's more, the GTX 580...
By Hardware Canucks on May 01, 2011
The reference GTX 580 is undeniably a tough act to improve upon. With it, NVIDIA was able to curb the rampant power consumption, noise and heat production which defined its predecessor while significantly increasing overall performance. In our...
By Guru of 3D on April 15, 2011
It's not often that we are as impressed with a graphics card as the product we test today, so a little warning in advance might be appropriate here. So dark clouds however the Guru3D laboratories in the Netherlands, a flash, a thunderbolt and BAM...
By techPowerUp! on March 31, 2011
MSI's GeForce GTX 580 Lightning is a GTX 580 on steroids, once you played with it you don't want to go back. The card feels built like a tank and did live up to that promise during our testing. Out of the box the card comes with the highest...
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