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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z: Ride The Lightning! (Page 14)

By Anthony Garreffa from Jul 17, 2017 @ 15:42 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MSI

Final Thoughts

MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is the graphics card I've been waiting for: my most anticipated custom GTX 1080 Ti, and it has delivered in every way possible. It's one of the best-looking graphics cards I've ever seen, with impressive performance at all resolutions, and so many other little things that make it unique.

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There's no denying it, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is one of the best looking, and best-performing GTX 1080 Ti cards you can buy.

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At the end of the day, MSI has designed its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z for overclocking. There are only 3000 of them being made, so it's a limited run. You wouldn't want to buy this 'just because' it's the new LIGHTNING Z from MSI unless you wanted a boutique, near 3000-in-1 in the world graphics card. LN2 users are going to scoop these things up to break world OC records and some.

If you have a 1440p or 4K display, or better yet a 34-inch UltraWide with its native 3440x1440 resolution, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is perfect. It can crank out 4K 60FPS easily, and 100FPS+ at 2560x1440 and even 3440x1440 depending on the game. I'd love to get two of these in SLI for some LIGHTNING Z multi-GPU action... which is what I'll be emailing MSI about shortly after this review goes live. MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z in SLI would be a GPU combo battle for the ages.

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MSI has crafted exactly what the world expected: one of the best custom graphics cards ever made and a cherry on top of NVIDIA's growing list of kick ass GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. MSI is a master in its own class, so if you weren't satisfied by their GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X, the new GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z has your name written all over it.

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software95%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: MSI. This is directed at you: thank you for making the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z. It is a tour de force of engineering and performance, and I feel so limited by it without LN2. This is the gamers card, period. There are only 3000 made, so treasure it.

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