The overclocking champion returns.
And now it’s time to find out whether all of this power is actually delivered or not. For testing the N580GTX Lightning I used the regular testbed of ours which consists of an Intel Core i7-2600K, Kingston HyperX T1 4GB DDR3-2200MHz memory, Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard, Kingston V-Series 64GB SSD with Windows 7 Ultimate running on it; all of which is powered by a Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold PSU. For comparisons I have added the Zotac GTX 580 and 570 plus the AMD HD 6970 and 6950. And just for the heck of it, the recently launched GTX 590 and the HD 6990 as well. Apart from 3DMark, all benchmarks were run at a resolution of 1920×1200.
Now keep in mind that the stock GTX 580 is clocked at 772/4008MHz for Core and Memory speeds respectively, while the N580GTX Lightning is clocked at 832MHz/4200Mhz from MSI, so I wasn’t expecting a big jump.
Outside of the dual GPU cards, the N580GTX Lightning is leading the charts, albeit with a very small margin. The lead in 3DMark is much higher though.