MSI GTX980Ti Lightning Review
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.
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.