MSI Launches their RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z

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MSI Launches their RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z

MSI Launches their RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z 

MSI has launched the latest entry into their iconic Lightning series of graphics hardware, presenting the company's most powerful RTX 2080 Ti graphics card to date. 

Not only does this graphics card feature MSI's highest out of the box boost clocks but it also delivers users unique lighting effects, a Dynamic Dashboard OLED panel, a stunning carbon backplate and a unique cooler design that optimises for both thermal performance and low noise levels. 

Strangely, the company is releasing both Lightning Z and Lightning series graphics cards, with the Z model featuring a hefty factory overclock while the standard Lightning graphics card ships with a listed boost clock that is lower than Nvidia's Founders Edition. The Lightning Z is the star of the show here, but we think it is worth noting that there is a lower-end model that features significantly lower boost performance. 

MSI also plans to ship their RTX 2080 Ti Lightning graphics cards with an integrated OLED panel, which allows users to display important information on their graphics card like fan speeds, thermal data, GPU/memory clock speeds or custom images/animations. This feature calls this feature Dynamic Dashboard and is controllable using MSI software. 

   MSI Launches their RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z

Like other Lightning series graphics cards, the RTX 2080 Ti Lightning is designed to be overkill in every sense of the word, using a triple-slot cooler alongside three Torx 3.0 fans to deliver stellar cooling performance, despite the card's high factory overclock. 

The MSI RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z features a 3x 8-pin power configuration and uses 16 power phased for the graphics core and a 3-phase power design for the GPU's GDDR6 memory, features which will help enable this graphics card's fullest potential while overclocking. The GPU will also feature a BIOS switch which can enable the GPU's LN2 mode, with the graphics card also featuring onboard voltage monitoring points.  

MSI plans to ship their RTX 2080 Ti Lightning series graphics cards with a dedicated graphics card support bracket, which will help users mount this graphics card into their cases without any risk of "GPU sag". 

 MSI RTX 2080 Ti Lightning ZMSI RTX 2080 Ti LightningMSI RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X TrioMSI RTX 2080 Ti Ventus OCV1Geforce RTX 2080 Ti (FE)Geforce RTX 2080 Ti (Ref)
CUDA Cores4,3524,3524,3524,3524,3524,352
Base Clock
Boost Clock1770MHz1575MHz1755MHz1575MHz1635MHz1545MHz
Memory Capacity11GB11GB11GB11GB11GB11GB
Memory Speed14Gbps14Gbps14Gbps14Gbps14Gbps14Gbps
Memory Bandwidth616GB/s616GB/s616GB/s616GB/s616GB/s616GB/s
Memory Bus Size352-bit352-bit352-bit352-bit352-bit352-bit
SLIVia NVLinkVia NVLinkVia NVLinkVia NVLinkVia NVLinkVia NVLink


MSI Launches their RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z  
On the display output side, the RTX 2080 Ti Lighting supports HDMI 2.0, VirtualLink and features three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs. MSI expects their RTX 2080 Ti Lightning to be available in late January. 

ASUS has already announced their competing ROG RTX 2080 Ti Matrix graphics card, which forgoes traditional air cooling with an integrated water cooling solution and boasts some extremely high GPU core and memory clocks speeds. More information about the ASUS ROG RTX 2080 Ti is available here.   

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