MSI N580GTX Lightning Twin Frozr III Graphics Card

The N580GTX Lightning card is specifically designed for hard core gamer and professional graphics designer. It is world’s first GTX 580 graphics card supporting voltage adjustment of GPU/Memory/PLL. For this graphics card, MSI has made a strong position in computer hardware market. From first day of its release, this graphics card is on top of the discussion for its unique features such as – World’s first 16 phase PWM on GTX 580, Twin Frozr III Thermal Design with 21℃ cooler & 5.5 dB quieter etc.

MSI N580GTX Lightning

The Lightning series of graphics cards is designed to offer the ultimate in overclocking capabilities. The MSI N580GTX Lightning graphics card legatees the impressive Power4 architecture from previous Lightning cards along with improved components and design in four areas. The PWM module is twice as large as before and provides double the amount of current to the GPU. Memory has its own independent power supply using an 8-pin connector for minimum interference to greatly increase overclocking potential. Twin Frozr III cooling design utilizes the Propeller Blade technology to double the amount of airflow compared to conventional fans. The airflow also covers a large surface to remove heat quickly and effectively, when you add in twin PWM fans. SuperPipe technology and the form-in-one heatsink, the result is GPU operating temperatures lower than the reference board when the N580GTX Lightning is operating under full loads.

Key Features

Power4 Architecture

  • World’s first 16 phase PWM on GTX 580.
  • Independent Memory Power support.
  • Copper MOS with 2x high current capacity.
  • Proadlizer*4 to optimized power supply.

Propeller Blade on Twin Frozr III

  • Twin Frozr III Thermal Design with 21℃ cooler & 5.5 dB quieter.
  • Propeller Blade technology for 20% more airflow.
  • Dual 9cm fans with dual 8mm SuperPipes for best heat dissipation.
  • Form-in-one heatsink covers memory and modules to dissipate heat efficiency.

Triple Over-voltage by Afterburner

  • World’s first GTX 580 graphics card supporting voltage adjustment of GPU/Memory/PLL.
  • The oc capability can be boosted 24% up!!

Top Quality Components

  • Military Class II Components for longer product lifespan.
  • LPL (Lightning Power Layer) for the stable power supply.

Video Output Function

  • Dual-link DVI x 2
  • HDMI x 1
  • DisplayPort x 1

This graphics card is now available at ebay for US $475.00


V-Check PointsV-Check Points
Bulit-in Voltage measurement points on graphics card or mainboard. No need to read hard and long datasheet to find the voltage reading points. ‧Get accurate voltage of GPU and Memory on the fly. ‧Additional cables hold multimeter probes.

HDMI + DVI OutputHDMI + DVI Output
HDMI and DVI are the most comprehensive used interfaces for high definition video display. MSI adopts two interfaces to provide a complete output solution for users to enjoy the latest HD video such as blu-ray movie.

HDMI Support
MSI graphics cards offer the HDMI functionality to provide access to premium digital content. HDMI enables gaming enthusiasts to seamlessly connect to their LCD monitor to bring the ultimate multimedia experience. (Only 1 single HDMI cable is required while streaming audio/video data to flat-panel display devices, such as Plasma/LCD TVs, or projector.)

Afterburner co-development by MSI and Rivatuner, MSI releases the ultimate graphics card utility “Afterburner”. This utility enables all MSI graphics cards users to boost performance and to monitor all kinds of critical information in real-time. Afterburner is a completely free utility which is compatible with almost all MSI graphics cards.

MSI Solid Capacitor Graphic Cards
MSI Graphics Card products utilities high quality solid capacitor. For the gamers and high-end users, this feature not only means that product has better quality components within, but also provide much stronger support while users want to engage in hard-core tuning.

Blu-ray and HD DVD Support
Both support the latest specifications of Blu-ray and HD DVD(High Definition DVD). It comes with the latest GPU and DDRIII superior processing performance in which users can easily enjoy the high-definition video of 1920×1080(1080p/i).

PCI Express 2.0 Support
PCI Express 2.0 doubles the bandwidth of previous generations of PCI express up to an astonishing 16Gb/s. This maximizes the performance of current graphics cards in today’s most demanding games and applications. PCI Express 2.0 products are fully compatible with mainboards with other versions of PCI Express.

Meet RoHS regulations
MSI products are the first to be in conformity of the EU’s RoHS(Restriction of Hazardous Substances) regulations, reducing heavy metals and toxic materials in the products. This is an effort made for the Earth, and essentially for a clean future.

HDCP Support
The HDCP provides a robust, cost-effective and transparent method for transmitting and receiving digital entertainment similar to DVI/HDMI-compliant digital displays. HDCP encrypts the date transmitted between the DVI/HDMI connector on the graphics adapter and the display.

3-way NVIDIA SLI® Technology
Industry leading 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling by implementing AFR(Alternate frame Rendering) under Windows Vista with solid, state-of-the-art drivers.

Live Update 5
MSI Live Update 5 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating

NVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology is the world’s only C language environment that enables programmers and developers to write software to solve complex computational problems in a fraction of the time by tapping into the many-core parallel processing power of GPUs. With millions of CUDA™-capable GPUs already deployed, thousands of software programmers are already using the free CUDA™ software tools to accelerate applications—from video and audio encoding to oil and gas exploration, product design, medical imaging, and scientific research. Free download TMPGEnc 4.0 Express

Free download badaboom media converter

NVIDIA SLI Technology
Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single GPU configuration for unequaled gaming experiences by allowing two cards to run in parallel. The must-have feature for performance PCI Express graphics, SLI technology dramatically scales performance on today’s hottest games.

NVIDIA® 3D Vision Surround
Expand your games across three displays in full stereoscopic 3D for the ultimate “inside the game” experience with the power of NVIDIA 3D Vision and SLI technology. NVIDIA SurroundTM also supports triple screen gaming with non-stereo displays. For a complete list of system requirements for NVIDIA Surround Technology,
Click here.

NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology
Blu-ray and HD DVD movies are bringing a new level of movie-viewing experience; with high-definition image quality far surpassing standard-definition DVDs. NVIDIA PureVideo™ HD2 technology provides unsurpassed Blu-ray and HD DVD movie picture quality.

HDMI convertible output
Dual-link DVI convertible output supports Video/Audio signal integration through DVI to HDMI interface, which drivers resolution of a digital display up to 1920×1200 or higher.

PhysX™ is designed specifically for hardware acceleration by powerful processors with hundreds of cores. Combined with the tremendous parallel processing capability of the GPU, PhysX™ will provide an exponential increase in physics processing power and will take gaming to a new level delivering rich, immersive physical gaming environments with features such as:
– Explosions that cause dust and collateral debris
– Characters with complex, jointed geometries for more life-like motion and interaction
– Spectacular new weapons with incredible effects
– Cloth that drapes and tears naturally
– Dense smoke & fog that billow around objects in motion
Free download PhysX™-enabled Warmonger Full Game

Brief Specification

Graphics Engine GeForce GTX 580
Interface PCI Express x16 2.0
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size(MB) 1536
Memory Interface 384 bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz) 832 (STD: 772MHz)
Memory Clock Speed(MHz) 4200 (STD: 4008MHz)
Memory Bandwidth(GB/sec) N/A
Texture Fill Rate(billion/sec) N/A
DVI Output 2
D-SUB Output 2(optional, via DVI to D-Sub adaptor)
HDMI-Output 1
Mini HDMI-Output N/A
DisplayPort 1
Mini DisplayPort N/A
TV-Output N/A
VIVO(Video-in/out) N/A
HDTV Support N/A
HDCP Support Y
HDMI Support Y
Dual-link DVI Y
Display Output (Max Resolution) 2560×1600
DirectX Version Support 11
OpenGL Version Support 4.0
CrossFire Support N/A
SLI Support Y
3-way SLI Y
HyperMemory Tech. N/A
TurboCache tech. N/A
Card Dimension(mm) 305x127x45mm

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Source: MSI

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