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Buyer’s Guide: MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition 3GB – The Fastest Single GPU for BF3?

The Card

Front of Card – we see the iconic MSI Twin Frozr III dual 80mm fan heatpipe design which is much less audible and achieves cooler temperatures than the reference GTX580 blower design.

Back of Card – filled with NEC Proadlizer*4, Copper MOS and other engineering niceties to improve power regulation and extreme overclocking. There is also a dual bios switch for those who need consequence-free bios flashing experimentation.

Gold Plated Display Connectors –  Dual-link DVI x 2, HDMI x 1 and DisplayPort x 1.

The card takes up two slots (instead of three on some non-reference designs by other manufacturers) and there are three voltage measuring points for vGPU and vMem.

Requires 2x 8pin PCIe Connectors – which implies up to 300W of power pull in addition to the 75W from the motherboard.

Blue LED lights while in operation. Also, during initial cold boots, the fans will spin in reverse for a few seconds to try to remove dust build up in the heatsinks.


Test Setup

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.8GHz
  • Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD80 B3 (our review)
  • RAMs: 2 x 4GB G.Skills RipJawsX 1600Mhz 9-9-9-28 1T
  • HSF: Thermalright Silver Arrow with 2 Fans
  • SSD: Corsair X128 SSD
  • PSU: CM Silent Pro M 1000W
  • OS: Windows 7 x64 with SP1
  • Nvidia Driver: 285.38

Lennard Seah
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