Summary: Today we are going to talk about another very fast and very expensive graphics accelerator. What are its advantages and drawbacks compared to the previously reviewed products from EVGA and Gigabyte? The answers to these and other questions are in our new review.
Conclusion: We still have the same Twin Frozr III heatsink atop the Xtreme Edition as we did in the original Lightning Edition, but this time around the heatsink top is black instead of silver, probably to give more contrast to the purple fans. These new purple fans are what makes the new heatsink so interesting.
MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition Review: What a GTX 580 Should Be
3 August 2011
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: The MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition has put in an impressive showing here at pcGameware outperforming a near stock GTX 580 by 23% in the Metro 2033 (2560×1440) benchmark. As this test is one of the best Real World DX11 tests available today, that represents modern gaming, this is a rather impressive achievement! This is brought about by the high overclocks (both Core & Memory) and by the additional 3GB of VRAM.