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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

Mind Boggling Performance!

 

If there's something that the Lightning cards do well, it's performance. The MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning is no slouch, with the best performance that we've seen so far. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X bests it in a couple of tests, but overall, the MSI card just lays the smack down all over the place.

 

 

Performance at 1080p

 

Kicking off with Battlefield 4, we have the usual ceiling that we get at 1080p: 175FPS. Still, if you've got a 1080p 144Hz monitor, you're going to love this card. Metro: Last Light sees the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning just killing it, thrashing the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and the reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti by a considerable margin of around 25%.

 

Shadow of Mordor is another hard game for any GPU, with the GTX 980 Ti Lightning handling it like a boss. The GTX 980 Ti Lightning pumped out a huge 128FPS average, compared to the 112FPS on the Fury X and 114FPS on the reference GTX 980 Ti.

 

Moving onto Thief, the GTX 980 Ti Lightning is 24% faster than the Fury X at 1080p, while it's 12% faster than the reference GTX 980 Ti from NVIDIA. Tomb Raider is even better, with the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning being a huge 35% faster than the Fury X, and 18% faster than the reference GTX 980 Ti.

 

 

Performance at 1440p

 

Things really start to kick into high gear at 2560x1440, with the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti performing just as we thought it would in Battlefield 4: we have an additional 6% performance. Still, on our Acer XB270HU monitor and its native resolution of 2560x1440 and refresh rate of 144Hz backed up by NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, this is the perfect sweet spot.

 

 

The MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning is a huge 29% faster than the reference GTX 980 Ti in Metro: Last Light, while it's 24% faster than the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X. The domination from MSI continues into Shadow of Mordor, where the GTX 980 Ti Lightning is 17% faster than the reference GTX 980 Ti, while it's 13% faster than the HBM-powered Fury X.

 

Thief is always good to higher-end cards, but the Fury X gets its ass handed to it at 1440p by the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning. The GTX 980 Ti Lightning pumps out 85FPS average, which is 21% faster than the 70FPS average from the R9 Fury X. Tomb Raider is very similar, with the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning coming in at 22% faster than the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X.

 

 

Performance at 4K

 

This is what you're here for, isn't it? Well, you can rest assured that the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning kicks serious ass at 4K. We see a huge 83FPS average in Battlefield 4 at 4K with the Ultra preset (AA disabled), which is a great result, especially when compared to the 60FPS from the Fury X.

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