Since the basic performance of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 has been established in our very first article of it, we've decided to cutback on the number of tests for this card rather than running the usual suite of benchmarking tests. The MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme was tested on our usual graphics testbed, which consisted of the following components:
We had recently tested the ASUS Matrix GTX580 Platinum, so we'll be adding to the list of cards tested in that review along with the Sparkle Calibre X580 and the results from the MSI Lightning Xtreme. The list of cards tested and driver versions used:
The list of benchmarks used:
With its slightly higher clocks out of the box, it was no surprise that the MSI Lightning Xtreme had the lead over the other overclocked GTX 580 cards from ASUS and Sparkle. The differences were marginal though and translated to a couple of frames at best.
When it came to the GPU core temperature, we found that the MSI Lightning recorded an identical 58.0 degrees Celsius as the ASUS Matrix. This was pretty impressive and coupled with the almost-silent Twin Frozr III cooler, this MSI card certainly matched up to our expectations. The power draw of this MSI card was also mostly on par with the other GTX 580 cards, though the ASUS Matrix had a slight advantage here when idling.
Finally, the overclocking potential of this card was very decent. We managed to hit a higher core frequency than the ASUS Matrix, though the Matrix had the higher memory clock. Nevertheless, it was sufficient to help the MSI beat the ASUS in our overclocking test. Obviously, those who use more exotic cooling solutions may have better luck with pushing for higher clocks. We were moderately pleased with the 13% increase in 3DMark Vantage performance with our attempt.