If you're in the market for a new graphics card and you've been holding your finger over the trigger for one of the best custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z offers enough performance in every resolution to be the perfect card for you.
Thousands of gamers are also waiting for AMD's new Radeon RX Vega, but we're into July now, and it's still a month away. So, unless you have a FreeSync display that you're eyeing down (because they are cheaper than G-Sync alternatives by a fair margin), you might want to jump the gun and grab the LIGHTNING Z. It will offer more performance than the Radeon RX Vega judging from the current leaks, seeing RX Vega offer GTX 1080 level performance, while the GTX 1080 Ti continues to slay the gaming battlefield.
For gamers with a 1920x1080 panel, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z - and every other GTX 1080 Ti on the market, are overkill. You can drive 1080p @ 60FPS+ with a GTX 1070 or Radeon RX 580, so the GTX 1080 Ti is something I only recommend for 2560x1440 and above.
3440x1440 and 4K are two resolutions that would deserve the purchase of a GTX 1080 Ti, and the MSI GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z has those covered without a problem. 60FPS at 1440p, 3440x1440, and even 4K are easily achievable. 4K gaming really comes down to the title itself, with some games less taxing on the graphics card so you can crank the in-game visual details to maximum and still hit 60FPS.
There are other games where you might reach 4K and maximum in-game settings but not hit 60FPS, but with a few adjustments, you can easily hit 60FPS on any of the latest AAA games. If you have a high refresh rate 1080p or 1440p panel, that now arrive in 144/165Hz at 1440p and even 240Hz for 1080p, the GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is a great match.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [Cooling Tech Upgraded: TriFrozr]
- Page 3 [RGBs Everywhere!]
- Page 4 [Detailed Specs + LN2 Mode Switch!]
- Page 5 [It Looks SO Freakin' Good!]
- Page 6 [The LIGHTNING Z Experience]
- Page 7 [Test System Specs & Benchmark Details]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - 1080p]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - 1440p]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - 4K]
- Page 12 [Performance Analysis]
- Page 13 [Overclocking the LIGHTNING Z]
- Page 14 [Final Thoughts]