Reviews and Problems with Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 (GV-N580UD-15I)
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MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition 3 GB
30 May 2011
Summary: MSI's new GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition builds on the success of the previous Lightning GTX 580. The only performance related difference is the inclusion of 3 GB of memory instead of 1.5 GB like on the successor. Unfortunately thoughout our testing this could not result in a significant performance increase.
Pros: Overclocked out of the box, 3 GB GDDR5 memory, Dual BIOS switch, Triple voltage change support, Low temperatures, Low power consumption, DIP switches for enthusiast overclockers, Native full-size HDMI & DisplayPort output, Support for DirectX 11, Support for CUDA & PhysX
Cons: Noisy fan, 3 GB memory can not make a difference, Same clocks as previous GTX 580 Lightning, Power draw limiter could complicate advanced overclocking
Summary: NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 580 feels to deliver what I would have expected from the original GTX 480. The card is blazing fast, especially in newer DX11 titles it often beats AMD's dual-GPU flagship Radeon HD 5970. This performance upgrade helps NVIDIA solidify its leading position in single GPU performance.
Pros: Substantial performance improvement over GTX 480, Large reduction in power consumption vs. GTX 480, Quieter than other cards in this performance class, Native HDMI output, Software voltage control via SmartDoctor, Tiny overclock out of the box, Support for DirectX 11, Support for CUDA / PhysX
Cons: Still not as power efficient as AMD's designs, Power draw limiter could complicate advanced overclocking, Still limited to two active display outputs per card, Overclock out of the box too small to make any difference, High price, DirectX 11 relevance limited at this time