The ASUS card is really a monster Matrix: thanks to the giant cooler, the card slots, threespace. The cooler consists of two large aluminum heat sinks, with two or three heatpipes tothe base plate over the GPU connected. As we will see shows the cooler with defaultsettings as silent as the MSI Lightning. The cooling capacity is less clear, however, as we shall see.
The GeForce GTX 580 GPU on this card with 1.5 GB of memory, like the reference card.That's a shame in itself because the Zotac card offers 3 GB and the new version of the MSILightning has a double amount of memory.
Like MSI, ASUS has the PCB of the card completely redesigned so the Matrix-card featuresthat provide standard GTX 580's are missing. It starts with the connectors for video cards:We found two times DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. Close to the monitor connections is a SafeMode button you can press once you optimistic about clock setting is done, so your card willnot work. In Safe Mode run the card with a secure backup BIOS clock speeds.