MSI GTX980Ti Lightning Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI GTX980Ti Lightning Review

Introduction

If you've even had a passing interest in PC hardware then it can't have escaped your notice that MSI have two key models in their graphics card range. The Gaming fits into the more popular bracket, being red and black and fast but affordable. The Lightning is at the very peak of their range and usually a card for the most hardcore enthusiasts. By virtue of its yellow and black colour scheme it also stands out from the pack and matches up best with the MSI MPower range of motherboards. 

So if you've been looking at the GTX980Ti with envious eyes, and are in the market for a card that is so blisteringly quick out of the box that it requires little fettling, yet has also got sufficient quality components to withstand any overclock you can throw at it, the MSI Lightning should tick all of your boxes.

Of course doing it on paper doesn't cut it around these parts, so let's find out if the go matches the show.

Technical Specifications

The Lightning has always been the regular card on steroids and the GTX980Ti version is no exception with extremely high-end power components backed up by dual-BIOS and all the monitoring points you could wish for. MSI don't leave you to do all the hard work though as the Lightning has a serious clock speed in regular trim. If you can call 1300MHz regular. The ability to adjust and monitor everything about the card will certainly prick up the ears of the sub-zero brigade whilst also giving full control to those of us who just wish to make the most out of the cooler already installed.

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Most Recent Comments

16-09-2015, 07:41:19

Arulmani
This looks pretty cool one among other 980Tis!Quote

16-09-2015, 08:01:13

JR23
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The RGB lights are obviously a nice touch but we firmly believe they would sell vast more quantaties of this card if you had comstomisable panels where you had black as the standard colour and you could add your own blue, red, white, green panels to suit your own system. If MSI had addressed this point it would have been a total slam dunk.
I don't really understand this point? No other manufacturer currently does it so it can't be held as a negative against the Lightning. Is every card not getting an award until somebody does clip on parts?

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16-09-2015, 08:03:46

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
I don't really understand this point? No other manufacturer currently does it so it can't be held as a negative against the Lightning. Is every card not getting an award until somebody does clip on parts?

JR
More the fact MSI have dropped the yellow on newer boards because they dont sell. Thats from MSI directly btw. So if they had options for the Lightning to be able to have other colours to work with the RGB's it would sell chuffing loads.Quote

16-09-2015, 08:05:36

JR23
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
More the fact MSI have dropped the yellow on newer boards because they dont sell. Thats from MSI directly btw. So if they had options for the Lightning to be able to have other colours to work with the RGB's it would sell chuffing loads.
I understand how that would influence your feedback to MSI but not really the outcome of the review.

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16-09-2015, 08:06:02

WYP
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Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
I don't really understand this point? No other manufacturer currently does it so it can't be held as a negative against the Lightning. Is every card not getting an award until somebody does clip on parts?

JR
The lightning is a weird case TBH, since there is no Yellow Z170 motherboard from MSI there is no real place where this colour matches apart from the X99 yellow motherboard.

I do think if some detachable parts or stickers for the yellow bits it would be easier to make the GPU look nice in a system. Multi colour lighting is useless for a GPU that is clearly designed to be one specific colour.Quote
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