MSI GTX980Ti Lightning Review

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It's nearly impossible to not be impressed by the looks of the Lightning box. The packaging is clear about what you're getting for your money and the holo-coating really catches the eye.

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Within the main sleeve is another box that contains the card itself. Even the most ham-fisted delivery person couldn't damage your precious purchase. Freed from its cardboard confines the Lightning is a seriously well-built bit of kit. We like the "OC" that surrounds the fans too. No room for doubt about the intentions of this card.

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It's rare to find plastic covers on so much of the card. We've seen plenty of cards that cover up the DVI ports, some that fill the HDMI/DisplayPort. Add that to the luscious backplate and stunning cooler and the Lightning looks every inch the range-topping card it is.

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No your eyes aren't deceiving you. The Lightning requires 2 8pin PCIe power inputs and a 6pin PCIe power. If it had any more power you could probably lend it to Frankenstein.

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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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