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A Thing of Beauty

Tired of hearing about MSI’s latest video cards?  Me neither!  It seems we have been on a roll lately with the latest and greatest from MSI, but happily that will soon change.  In the meantime, we do have another MSI card to go over.  This one is probably the most interesting of the group so far.  It also is very, very expensive for a single GPU product.  This card is obviously not for everyone, but there is a market for such high end parts still.

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The N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition is the latest entry to the high end, single GPU market.  This is an area that MSI has been really leading the way in terms of features and performance.  Their Lightning series, since the NVIDIA GTX 2x0 days, has been redefining that particular market with unique designs that offer tangible benefits over reference based cards.  MSI initially released the N580GTX Lightning to high accolades, but with this card they have added a few significant features.

Continuing reading our review of the MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition!!

The MSI N580GTX Lightning Once Again Breaks Three Graphics Card World Records

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 15, 2011 - 02:20 PM |
Tagged: overclocking, N580GTX Lightning XE 3GB, msi, LN2

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – July 15, 2010 – Since releasing its Lightning series graphics cards, world-renowned mainboard and graphics card manufacturer MSI has received universal praise from media and gamers alike for their outstanding design, rich use of components, powerful performance, and infinite overclocking potential. With the release of the N580GTX Lightning that follows in the footsteps of previous generation Lightnings, graphics card world records were sure to fall. Overclocking enthusiasts from all over have been running the N580 GTX Lightning with LN2 for some extreme overclocking and once again broke 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage, and Unigine Heaven (DX11) single-card, single-core world record scores. These considerable achievements demonstrate once again that only a Lightning can outshine a Lightning!

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The triple world record king-N580GTX Lightning
At the beginning of June, US overclocker Splave put the N580GTX Lightning under LN2 cooling and effortlessly set a Unigine Heaven (DX11) single-card, single-core world record with a high score of 2501.6. Then, he topped that score this week with a new world record score of 2562.51! Russia's overclocking ace Smoke also paired a N580GTX Lightning with LN2 for some extreme overclocking as well. In the past few days, with scores of 11,390 and 46,546 respectively, he broke both 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage single card single core world records! This proves the superlative performance of the Lightning series is its best spokesman.

Most advanced design and Military Class II components create a king amongst record-breakers
The N580GTX Lightning, whether in terms of specifications or design, belongs in the highest class of products. The exclusive Power4 power supply architecture and triple overvoltage function strengthens overclocking stability and potential. Additionally, the Extreme OC Function, specifically designed for overclocking, ensures the graphics card can still function normally under extreme overclocking conditions. Adoption of materials has also undergone careful consideration. High quality, second generation Military Class components provide the most stable user experience and optimum durability. In all aspects, MSI Lightning graphics cards demonstrate design and development capability and infinite overclocking potential.

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I don't always game SLI, but when I do, I game dos 580GTX

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 4, 2011 - 06:10 PM |
Tagged: N580GTX Lightning XE 3GB, MSI lightning, msi, GTX580

Lightning strikes twice in this review from [H]ard|OCP, a pair of MSI N580GTX Lightning XE 3GB cards in SLI are tested on a variety of games.  Apart from showing off the capabilities of a system with a $1200+ graphics subsystem it demonstrates a very important example of scaling; the effect of doubling the GDDR5 available to the GTX580 GPU.  They've tested the 1.5GB version previously and so can compare that performance as well as contrasting it with the HD 6970 in Crossfire.  Their testing showed that the extra memory does help, as long as you are using multiple monitors.  If you are using a single display, even a 2560x1600 30" display, you are wasting your money picking up the 3GB models, there simply isn't enough pixels to be pushed to need the 3GB per card.  The AMD setup did come behind in performance somewhat, but since it costs about $500 less that does not make it a bad alternative.  Head over to [H] and prepare to feel jealous.

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"Two MSI N580GTX Lightning XE 3GB video cards in SLI! Tested in NV Surround. We are going to find out if these 3GB video cards hold an advantage over two GeForce GTX 580's and two Radeon HD 6970's. This is the most VRAM per video card we have ever gamed with. We test with seven games, including the new F.3.A.R."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

MSI's 3GB N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition; just how extreme does lightning need to be?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2011 - 01:45 PM |
Tagged: msi, N580GTX Lightning XE 3GB

While Josh has been busy with MSI's HAWK series of GPUs, [H]ard|OCP has been struck by the Lightning series.  Most recently the N580GTX Lightning XE 3GB landed on their review desk, a card obviously intended for those who will be running SLI to have NVIDIA Surround multi-monitor support.  The XE is clocked the same as the original Lightning card, 832 MHz core, shaders at 1644MHz and 4.2GHz effective memory, that means the XE card will perform the same as the base model except when you need large amounts of GDDR5 ... such as running several monitors at high resolution.   There are also a slew of interesting features which MSI included on the card, which you can read about in [H]'s full review.

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"We put MSI's new N580GTX Lightning XE 3GB video card to the test and find out what kind of gameplay experience can be delivered from a 3GB 580GTX beast. Will we be limited by our resolution and games, or will the Lightning XE push through and prevail, we will find out against a GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 6970."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP