Sunday, January 13th 2019

MSI's RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z, Among Other Offerings, Smiles For the Camera

MSI showed off their GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning at CES 2019. This latest and greatest offering from them is built around overclocking with the graphics card having been designed with a 19-phase power delivery subsystem and 3x 8-pin power connectors. It offers a dual BIOS support with the default BIOS coming with a factory overclock of 1770 MHz while the second BIOS is configured for LN2 and comes with NVIDIA's reference clock speeds but offers a boosted power limit of 350-watts. Display connectivity options consisted of 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI and 1x USB Type-C output for VirtualLink.
The graphics card and included heatsink are truly massive with it being a triple slot design. Big enough even that MSI includes a support bracket for good measure. The heatsink itself has eight heatpipes which carry heat to a large aluminum fin array for maximum heat dissipation. To cool the massive hunk of metal MSI is using 3x TORX fans of which two of them feature MSI's Phantom of Lighting visual technology which applies vibrant colors and effects to the blades of the fans via MSI's Dragon Center software. Which is a very fancy way of saying it has RGB LEDs. An OLED panel on the side of the shroud can be used to monitor not only clock speeds, voltages, and temperatures it can even display personal animations if you are so inclined. The backplate is a carbon fiber design that much like the fans have support for MSI's Mystic Light for RGB illumination. The MSI RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z will be available in the first quarter of this year however pricing was not revealed.

MSI also had two RTX 2060 offerings on hand. The first was the RTX 2060 VENTUS 6G OC which comes equipped with a fairly chunky cooler that utilizes dual TORX 2.0 fans and direct contact heatpipes. A backplate is also included. Power is delivered via a single 8-pin connector. When it comes to clock speeds, MSI lists it as having a 1710 MHz Boost clock and 14 Gbps memory.
Meanwhile, the RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G much like the VENTUS option includes a backplate and draws power from a single 8-pin connector. For cooling, MSI equipped this model with their Twin Frozr 7 thermal design which uses dual TORX 3.0 fans. It also offers Zero Frozr technology means the fans can be stopped in low load situations for noise-free operation. Core clock speed for the Gaming Z is 1830 MHz Boost while the memory remains at 14 Gbps. Display connectivity for both cards is the same with 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI.
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6 Comments on MSI's RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z, Among Other Offerings, Smiles For the Camera

#1
TesterAnon
So MSI like EVGA and Zotac skipped the USB C connector in the RTX 2060 too.
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Ubersonic
The best thing about the RTX series has been the return of triple slot cards :)
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champsilva
TesterAnon said:
So MSI like EVGA and Zotac skipped the USB C connector in the RTX 2060 too.
Cheaper probably.
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#4
Zubasa
champsilva said:
Cheaper probably.
Cheaper to make, sell them way above MSRP = Profit :peace:
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#5
Mint4condition
I need to know the dimensions of the lightning card, has anyone taken a ruler to measure it ? Can't find it anywhere
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Tatty_One
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Mint4condition said:
I need to know the dimensions of the lightning card, has anyone taken a ruler to measure it ? Can't find it anywhere
The cooling solution looks very similar to their Duke model and that comes in at 314 x 120 x 50 mm.
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