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MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z: Holy Balls of Steel

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 26, 2019 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 100%Manufacturer: MSI

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MSI has always used great packaging on their graphics cards with the GAMING X/Z and LIGHTNING Z products all arriving in awesome looking boxes, with the new RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z coming in a gigantic box, but light-ish on the contents.

 

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The front of the box has a gorgeous shot of the card itself front-and-center, while NVIDIA dominates with its GeForce RTX branding in the bottom left, and well... every single side of the box which you're about to see. On the back of the box we find out about what makes the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z tick in terms of cooling technology, RGB lighting, and more.

 

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The side of the box has some 'LIGHTNING' branding as well as even larger GeForce RTX branding at the bottom.

 

 

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MSI's new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z from the front looks like a boss, one of the slickest designs I've seen yet. MSI has used a black and gold color scheme with a checkerboard pattern that really makes the card pop.

 

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The backplate of the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z looks really awesome with its checkboard pattern and super-awesome carbon fiber that adds another touch of class to the card. There is some adjustable RGB lighting on the back of the card in the form of some cool-looking lightning bolts.

 

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MSI has the same display outputs as most GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards with 3 x DP, 1 x HDMI, and the 1 x VirtualLink USB-C port. It's also all themed black instead of silver, which is another nice touch. You'll need to have room to handle the chunky 3-slot design, though.

 

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MSI's new beast of a RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z requires a huge 3 x 8-pin PCIe power connector setup.

 

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MSI's new LCD screen on the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z, I will have more on this in an update to the review soon.

 

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From the back of the card lit up, there will be updates to this soon, too.

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