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.
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
|Performance (overclocking, power)||95%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||95%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||95%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||95%|
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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- 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]