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Performance

We’ve tested a lot of GeForce GTX 580 cards, including those with 3072 megabytes of memory, so we don’t want to give you the same info once again. We will limit ourselves to just a few tests of the MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition at overclocked frequencies using a six-core Intel Core Extreme Edition i7-980X overclocked to 4.5 GHz. The results are compared to those of its two competitors as well as of the Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 2 GB Toxic Edition.

3DMark Vantage

 

3DMark 2011

 

Unigine Heaven Demo

 

Aliens vs. Predator (2010)

Notwithstanding the high resolutions and maximum settings the MSI card delivers very high performance and doesn’t differ much from the other GeForce GTX 580-based products. Well, this should have been expected.

Conclusion

The MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition is a typical premium-class graphics card with everything that this positioning entails: a high-quality PCB with LED indication, durable components, stable operation even in overclocked mode (also with liquid-nitrogen coolers), dual BIOS, overclocked frequencies, a double amount of onboard memory, voltage-tweaking options, a high-performance Twin Frozr III cooler with temperature-dependent highlighting, a stylish exterior design, and good accessories. What else could we ask for? Perhaps, a lower noise level and a more affordable price. By the way, judging by the latest news from the Nvidia camp, we can really hope for the price to go down very soon.

 
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