June 4th, 2011
MSI GTX580 Lightning Xtreme edition Review @ Guru3D
When we tested the GeForce GTX 580 Lightning from MSI roughly a month ago, we stated that the product might become product of the year, it really is that good. But little did I know about an Xtreme edition that MSI still had in the works.
Yep, Computex 2011 (tradeshow) is here and MSI wanted to make the best even better and slightly more appealing for the true aficionado.
They took the original Lightning PCB, added more memory, making this a 3GB graphics card, added a slightly revised Twin Frozr III cooler, which functions and performs the same really, but well … tweaked, if the card gets warmer the color intensity of the FAN core will change, yeah you can now physically observe that the card is getting warm. Which is a daunting prospect all by itself with with this cooler truth be told.
Also new is a new anti-dust protection schema, the first 30 seconds after you powered on your PC, the two TwiN Frozr III fans rotate and thus spin backwards, clearing themselves and hopefully the aluminum cooling fins of dust. After that 30 seconds, they’ll return to a normal state and spin clockwise again, nicely chilling down your graphics card.
Other then that, it’s the same product realty, that same custom designed PCB loaded with features and overclock potential, slapped on there is some really cool memory.
The cooler allows high graphics card clocks frequencies with low volume levels AND keeps the card pretty darn cool. That’s definitely a win. MSI added g33k stuff, little micros-witches with features for the pro-overclockers, a second BIOS, phase LEDs, voltage monitoring points and a factory overclock.
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