I'm already ecstatic with the performance NVIDIA has provided with the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in Founders Edition form, but as usual MSI takes this foundation of technology wtih the next-gen Turing GPU architecture and super-fast GDDR6 memory technology and takes it up a notch.
MSI engineers some of the best cooling technology deployed on graphics cards and the new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is another notch in that belt. The card looks great as well, with some subtle but strong RGB lightning on the card as well as an LCD display at the top. The carbon fiber-style checkerboard backplate looks slick as hell in person. I dig the gold and black theme and it makes me want to build a gaming PC themed in that color scheme.
It will be hard to swallow at $2600, but MSI isn't aiming for this to be a mainstream card as that's what the other cards in other families that MSI sells within its GeForce RTX 2080 Ti range of offerings. There's the GAMING X and DUKE ranges of cards, before you get to the enthusiast and LN2 cooling level side of things with the new RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z.
I'm keen to see where some of the professional overclockers can take this card when it's unshackled from its air cooling technology and some liquid nitrogen is used to cool it down. MSI is in full support of LN2 cooling on these cards, so expect the new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z to snag a few awards.
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The Bottom Line: MSI hits another home run with the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z, which is one of the fastest RTX 2080 Ti cards on the market out of the box with oodles of overclocking headroom. The cooler is amazing and it looks GORGEOUS. Kudos, MSI.
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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]