Thursday, July 13th 2017

MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning X and Z Now Available on Newegg- $859/869

MSI's flagship Lightning series made a comeback to the green side with the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti GPU, and they are now available for purchase on Newegg.com in the USA. In a relatively pleasant surprise, they are also selling for a lot lower than what we were originally told by MSI, and at $869.99 for the top-of-the-line Lightning Z, it comes in at $170 more than what the NVIDIA reference (no more Founders Edition price hike, if you may recall) is listed for.

We took a detailed look at the MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z earlier this week and were quite impressed with the overall build quality and cooler: "MSI's GTX 1080 Ti Lightning is huge, having three slots, taking up 32 cm in length and 14 cm in height - make sure your case has room for it. As expected, a powerful thermal solution is included, which seems to be the best cooler I've seen in a long time. Temperatures are outstanding and better than any other GTX 1080 Ti, even with the overclock out of the box, which is higher than any other GTX 1080 Ti. At the same time, fan noise also matches the quietest GTX 1080 Tis (33 dBA), which clearly adds up to 'best cooler'."
The two models are near identical with the Lightning X variant rated at a base clock / boost clock / memory frequency of 1480 MHz / 1582 MHz / 11016 MHz (Silent Mode), 1544 MHz / 1657 MHz / 11124 MHz (Gaming Mode), and 1569 MHz / 1683 MHz / 11124 MHz (Lightning Mode) respectively whereas the Lightning Z variant is rated at 1480 MHz / 1582 MHz / 11016 MHz (Silent Mode), 1582 MHz / 1695 MHz / 11124 MHz (Gaming Mode), and 1607 MHz / 1721 MHz / 11124 MHz (Lightning Mode). NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0 will likely boost the core frequencies even further ahead, and as with any Pascal-architecture GeForce GPU, a hard temperature and voltage wall ends up being an equalizer with most topping out around the 2050-2100 MHz mark. So you are really paying for the much better cooler, the overbuilt PCB, the limited nature of the card with only 3000 pieces worldwide, and of course the RGB lighting.Sources: MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lighting X on Newegg, MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lighting Z on Newegg
Add your own comment

15 Comments on MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning X and Z Now Available on Newegg- $859/869

#2
RejZoR
Well, most hardcore aftermarket ones come at 799€ and beyond so 869€ (it'll be direct conversion of price for sure) doesn't sound that unreasonable for one of the fastest 1080Ti's out there...
Posted on Reply
#3
jaggerwild
Another dig from Nvidia, $869 LOLZ!
Posted on Reply
#4
Nokiron
RejZoR said:
Well, most hardcore aftermarket ones come at 799€ and beyond so 869€ (it'll be direct conversion of price for sure) doesn't sound that unreasonable for one of the fastest 1080Ti's out there...
Pascal overclocks only depends on silicon-variance. You'll get pretty much the same maximum frequency under air and water with any 1080 Ti (Water for FE).
Posted on Reply
#5
Prima.Vera
What happened with their "Gaming" series?
Posted on Reply
#6
Sabishii Hito
Prima.Vera said:
What happened with their "Gaming" series?
It's still around, they are two fan designs with the traditional red and black color scheme.

Posted on Reply
#7
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
Interesting but also worthless. My regular old Gaming version hits similar max clocks and has the same performance for $140 less lol.
Posted on Reply
#8
GhostRyder
Its a sweet looking card, but unfortunately graphics cards in this day and age on Nvidia's side do not go much further even with these better designed cards without hard modding and LN2. Its unfortunate because it makes the premium cards almost obsolete.

For pricing reasons, I probably would just pick the cheapest option I was happy with in terms of looks. Would not be willing to spend the extra on this card.
Posted on Reply
#10
bug
Nokiron said:
Pascal overclocks only depends on silicon-variance. You'll get pretty much the same maximum frequency under air and water with any 1080 Ti (Water for FE).
Eh, lower noise is always welcome. But the real wth moment with this card is the 3 (three!) 8 pin power connectors.

Personally, I don't judge these cards based on the same criteria I use when I buy my mid-range $200-300 video card, the same as I don't judge a custom tuned car by same criteria I use when I buy an everyday use sedan. These are targeted at a very limited audience and are there mostly to display engineering prowess. Proving effective, cost-effective or reasonable is pretty much besides the point. And yes, when engineering fails, some designs end up not making much sense.
Posted on Reply
#11
night.fox
Ill take 2 since price here is 1400 per piece :)
Posted on Reply
#12
bug
night.fox said:
Ill take 2 since price here is 1400 per piece :)
KRW?
Joking aside, we all know not to judge a product by its launch price, don't we?
Posted on Reply
#13
night.fox
Nope. USD. KrW is almost 1.6 million krw. So 1400 usd. :)
Posted on Reply
#14
Vayra86
RejZoR said:
Well, most hardcore aftermarket ones come at 799€ and beyond so 869€ (it'll be direct conversion of price for sure) doesn't sound that unreasonable for one of the fastest 1080Ti's out there...
This 1080ti is not faster than any other AIB one with half-decent cooling.

The clocks will top out at the exact same level, give or take 50mhz due to silicon lottery. Fastest or not has nothing to do with it being a Lightning or not, nor with the overbuilt cooling solution.

Bottom line is you pay 70 bucks for a fancy LED, and that is already on top of the premium-epeen-tax these cards have.
Posted on Reply
#15
RejZoR
People constantly bitch how heat and noise is the most important shit ever, but when you mention that this exact thing is a cool with this one, IT DOESN'T MATTER all of a sudden. Make up your minds already geez.
Posted on Reply
Add your own comment