MSI always has an ace up its sleeve when NVIDIA launches new series of GeForce graphics cards, and now that it has been close to 6 months since the announcement of the GeForce RTX series graphics cards, MSI has released its beyond-enthusiast GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z graphics card.
NVIDIA's own GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition is already one of the best RTX 2080 Ti cards on the market, but MSI kicks it up a notch with some slick overclocks and much improved cooling technology on the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z. The stock RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition has boost GPU clocks of 1635MHz while the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z boosts up to 1770MHz, and beyond that when overclocked. The 11GB of GDDR6 remains at its 14Gbps of bandwidth.
But it is the price that skyrockets with the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z over the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition. NVIDIA's own card costs $1199 while MSI has priced its RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z at a $400 premium hitting $1600. Here in Australia, the card tops out at $2600 AUD. Crazy stuff.
What do you get for that additional money? Well, you get one of the best performing, best looking custom GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards on the market. MSI pulls out all of the stops with the LIGHTNING family of cards and the new RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is no exception. It's the cherry on top of an already super delicious cake that NVIDIA built with the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card.
RTX abilities to the side, the raw performance of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is unmatched by anything on the market including the previous-gen TITAN Xp. The only thing that beats it is the insanely expensive, but deliciously fast NVIDIA TITAN RTX graphics card that costs $2499. It rocks 24GB of GDDR6 and is more tuned towards people who don't care about money, content creators and 8K gamers (there are a couple, but not many).
I'm still waiting to see if NVIDIA can sample me with the TITAN RTX for 8K benchmarking, which is an area where the 11GB framebuffer on the RTX 2080 Ti really dies. I'll be following up with this article with an overclocking piece, but I simply didn't have the time (I was on an 8-day cruise in the South Pacific when MSI sent the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z, soz).
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE - $1199
- MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z - $1599
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [Specs: RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z]
- Page 3 [Unboxing + Detailed Look]
- Page 4 [Test System Specs]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - 1080p]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - 1440p]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - 4K]
- Page 9 [Overclocking, Heat, & Power]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]