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MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 28, 2015 5:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: MSI

Overclocking - Let's See How Far We Can Go

 

The MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning is a card built for enthusiasts, but it has its limits with the built-in cooling. There are going to be people that buy this card and never use the stock cooling, ripping it off and slapping on some water cooling or better yet - using LN2.

 

I didn't think I'd get too much more out of the card overclocking it, and we didn't - we went from Boost clocks of 1304MHz to 1364MHz stable. It didn't do much to the scores, but it's enough to say that it can be overclocked even more than the factory overclock. Does the OC help though? Take a look at our results below.

 

 

Battlefield 4

 

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Metro: Last Light

 

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3DMark Fire Strike Extreme - 1440p

 

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Heaven - 1440p

 

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Power Consumption

 

With 2 x 8-pin + 1 x 6-pin PCIe going into the card, you'd expect the power consumption numbers on the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning to be off the charts, but they're actually respectable. We have power consumption of around 360W in Heaven and Battlefield 4.

 

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When we were overclocking the card, we had power consumption that was peaking at around 400W to 420W, depending on the game and benchmark.

 

 

Sound Testing

 

I thought that the triple-fan cooling setup on the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning would be loud when we manually cranked the fans to 100%, but I was wrong. Even at 100%, the GTX 980 Ti Lightning is generating 55dBa, which is not bad at all with all things considered.

 

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After hours of benchmarking and gaming, we have the fans only making 41-42dBa of noise, which is just great for a card with this much power inside.

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