After testing two top-end graphics cards from Gigabyte and EVGA based on the Nvidia GF110 processor, we've got yet another same-class product to check out. This is the MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition that was announced back in summer at Computex 2011.
Before the announcement MSI offered an ordinary N580GTX Lightning but the Xtreme Edition is supposed to be faster, more advanced and more expensive. Let's take a closer look at it.
Packaging and Accessories
You don’t have to be a military aircraft expert to identify the American fifth generation fighter F-22 Raptor in the picture on the face and back sides of the box. The box is huge, measuring 460x310x78 millimeters.
Besides the fighter, there are also a number of info icons, labels and slogans referring to the product contained within. If you need even more information, you can open up the top of the box and read as much about the graphics card as you want.
There is a window here, allowing you a peep at the graphics card’s cooler.
Included into the box are two power adapters (6-pin->8-pin), two flexible SLI bridges, one DVI-I->D-Sub adapter, three multimeter cables, a CD with drivers and utilities, and a promo booklet.
There are no games in the box although they would make the product more attractive considering its high price.
The graphics card is manufactured in China. It can be found in retail for about $594, which is its recommended price. The ordinary MSI N580GTX Lightning is $70 cheaper.