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MSI GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Lightning Overclocked Video Card Review (Page 3)

By Shawn Baker on Apr 11, 2011 04:19 am CDT
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MSI


We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASRock, Kingston, Mittoni, Noctua and Corsair.

We'll be looking at the MSI GTX 580 Lightning @ 930MHz / 4600MHz QDR against the reference MSI GTX 580, Palit GTX 560 Ti in SLI and ASUS GTX 590. For AMD we've got the reference HD 6970, HD 6950 2GB in CF and HD 6990.

We've also included the MSI HD 6970 Lightning @ 1015MHz / 6260MHz QDR. These are much higher numbers than the NVIDIA GTX 580 Lightning we're looking at today, but as we know speed isn't always just about the clocks that are on offer, so it will be interesting to see how this Lightning card goes against that one.

Let's get started!

3DMark 11

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3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.


Straight away we fire up 3DMark 11 and we've got some very good performance; a very good increase over the reference GTX 580 and you can see the card has no problems convincingly holding on to top single GPU honors.

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Shawn Baker


Shawn takes care of all of our video card reviews. From 2009, Shawn is also taking care of our memory reviews, and from May 2011, Shawn also takes care of our CPU, chipset and motherboard reviews. As of December 2011, Shawn is based out of Taipei, Taiwan.

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