MSI GTX580 Lightning Review

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The Lightning package is definitely an eye-grabber. The F22 bathed in green lightning wont be easily ignored. The reverse manages to keep all the relevant information clearly available without becoming busy.

MSI GTX580 Lightning Review     MSI GTX580 Lightning Review  

Alongside the standard SLI bridges and power adaptors if you happen to be running a PSU without a PCI-e 8pin adaptor, (if you aren't, why?), we have some probes for the various monitoring positions on the Lightning.

Here it is in all its Twin Frozr III glory. As pretty as it always is, the brushed metal finish offset by the two large black PWM fans.

MSI GTX580 Lightning Review     MSI GTX580 Lightning Review  

The back of the card is a plethora of bits and bobs. There are so many little dip-switches it took some familiarisation with the manual and the card to stop us referring to certain switches as "the thingemy doofer". You certainly don't want for options and tweakability with MSI's finest.

In keeping with the extreme overclocking market that the Lightning is aimed for it even comes complete with a LN2 switch for those cold starts.

MSI GTX580 Lightning Review     MSI GTX580 Lightning Review  

Naturally as a heavily overclockable GF110 the Lightning sucks power in from twin 8-pin PCI-e connectors.

Speaking of connectability, the MSI GTX580 Lightning has a DisplayPort, a HDMI and two DVIs. All gold plated of course.

MSI GTX580 Lightning Review     MSI GTX580 Lightning Review

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Most Recent Comments

25-03-2011, 11:53:56

AHHHHH! so that was what it was. all the secracy when reviewing the H2 Quote

25-03-2011, 12:01:35

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Was it worth the wait?
IMO the MSI GPU's (FRZ) are always worth the wait

Thanks VB for the review Quote

25-03-2011, 12:13:26

Did you need to bump the voltage to get that kind of OC? I am tempted to OC my Palit GTX580 because it has the palit's cooler with two cooling fans on it. I just dont know what voltages are needed to OC these cards. The default voltage on my card is 1.0vQuote

25-03-2011, 12:33:06

Mmmm - tri-SLI too - me like Quote

25-03-2011, 12:36:08

I just had an accident after looking at the results, brb.Quote

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