MSI already has some of the best graphics card cooling technology on the market with its always impressive TwinFrozr cooling, but the company is amping things up to 11 with its new Tri-Frozr cooling technology. This means we have 3 x fans instead of 2 x fans, ready for the gaming and benchmarking loads that the GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z will be put under.
Under the hood, the GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z has a lot going on. MSI has used a custom PCB and then added close quarters cooling on top. After that, we have their usual military-class components, Torx 2.0 fans with double ball bearings, and of course RGB LEDs. MSI has also used a gorgeous backplate on the GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z, with the RGB LEDs standing out - but not too much.
The exclusive MSI Torx 2.0 fans work in tandem with MSI's own Tri-Frozr cooling technology, generating 22% more air fan pressure than competing fans.
The double ball bearings on the Torx 2.0 fans will last for years, through massive amounts of gaming and workstation use. MSI is also pushing the advanced aerodynamics on GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z, with their Airflow Control Technology that directs air onto the heat pipes more efficiently.
The close quarters heat pipe cooling keeps the tail end of the card cool.
Active backplate cooling is necessary these days, and it protects the back of the card from damage, too.
MSI has deployed a huge heat sink with "countless" fins through a huge 8mm thick heat sink. Beautiful.
We also have a huge heat sink covering the memory and MOSFETs, with more pins and fins on the sink to keep the MOSFETs cool.
This wouldn't be a LIGHTNING branded graphics card if it wasn't designed for overclocking, right?!
For those who want the ultimate in control from their card, MSI has included multiple temperature monitors on the GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z.
This is where MSI's great Afterburner OC software comes into play, tweaking your new GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is easier than ever before.
Military Class 4 components are used on the card.
The money shot: LN2 mode switch!!!
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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]