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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



MSI already has the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z overclocked pretty high, but I managed to hit 2040MHz without a problem and hurtling through Heaven loops at 2560x1440 for some testing. There was a nice 8-10% increase in performance over the out-of-the-box boost GPU clock speeds, as well as the GDDR6 being cranked from 7GHz to 8GHz resulting in over 700GB/sec of memory bandwidth.





I did notice that the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z was running hotter than the ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP! with the new LIGHTNING Z hitting 71-73C during testing while the AMP! was only hitting 63C. I need more time with the cards as I've been so busy lately, so this part of the review will be updated with a chart showing temps soon.


After wrapping the review I quickly did some testing of the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA which when under load and fully overclocked (to similar clocks as the MSI RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z) we're seeing lower temps of 56C or so. This is why I need more time with the cards, something I will be spending most of the next 5-6 weeks testing thoroughly.








NVIDIA's own GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition in our Intel Core i7-8700K test rig consumes anywhere between 330-350W on stock clocks while the card uses up to 400-460W when overclocked. During benchmarking on stock clocks we saw around 350-400W depending on the test, and between 460-530W when overclocked to its limits in some scenarios. Again, a chart is coming for this shortly.



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