Tuesday, January 22nd 2019

MSI Announces GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z

MSI is proud to officially announce the latest of its legendary LIGHTNING series graphics cards. Built to be perfect, the new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z combines cutting edge new technology with proven features such as Tri-Frozr design with all new TORX 3.0 Fans, Phantom of LIGHTNING LED effect, Dynamic Dashboard OLED panel and full carbon backplate. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece.

With an innovative design, the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING presents an all-new level of visual customization. Via MSI's Dragon Center software, the LED colors and blades on the fans can be controlled to cycle predefined profiles. The fans not only dazzle you with vibrant colors and effects but also cool this beastly card in silence.
RE-EVOLUTION THERMAL DESIGN
MSI's reputation in thermal design is well-known to be excellent. The improved Tri-Frozr design on the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z utilizes two 10cm and one 9cm TORX 3.0 Fans, combining the advantages of both traditional and dispersion fan blades to generate huge amounts of airflow. The new trims on the traditional fan blades create concentrated airflow for higher air pressure while also reducing noise. Two 8mm Superpipes and six 6mm heatpipes transfer heat much faster to the fins. Both the new Rugged-edge fins design and improved Airflow Control technology make for higher efficiency to lead airflow and dissipate the heat rapidly.

PERSONALIZE YOUR STYLE WITH DYNAMIC DASHBOARD
MSI knows that keeping an eye on your graphics card performance is important, especially for gamers. Dynamic Dashboard is MSI's new premium feature which enables gamers to monitor real-time frequency of GPU and memory, temperature and fan duty. Besides monitoring hardware, the display can also be personalized by uploading custom images and animations to show your own unique style.

DUAL BIOS AND ENHANCED POWER DESIGN
The special LN2 BIOS on the card provides extreme overclockers more capability for overclocking records without special hardware modifications. By removing restrictions, the full potential of the graphics card is unlocked. The enhanced power design contains more power phases than other models to ensure plenty of power is available for record-breaking performance. LIGHTNING's custom 12-layer PCB is fitted with 16 phases for GPU and 3 phases for Memory to ensure power delivery can handle the most extreme loads.
ON-BOARD AND IN CONTROL
With MSI's exclusive OC kits you're in complete control of the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z. V-Check points allow you to accurately measure GPU, Memory and PLL voltages. Multiple Temp Monitor checks the real-time temperatures of the GPU, Memory and PLL while Quadruple Overvoltage allows you to overvolt those same components in order to achieve higher clockspeeds.
AVAILABILITY
The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is expected to be available from the end of January
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21 Comments on MSI Announces GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z

#1
natr0n
Guru3d reviewed it. Fine piece of hardware that is.
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#2
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Can I exceed voltage with just a flip of a switch? Cause that would actually make this a pretty dope card and me less likely to skip this whole gen
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#3
xkm1948
cdawall said:
Can I exceed voltage with just a flip of a switch? Cause that would actually make this a pretty dope card and me less likely to skip this whole gen
I thought Turing is more wattage limited, not voltage limited. At least that is the case for me.
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#4
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
xkm1948 said:
I thought Turing is more wattage limited, not voltage limited. At least that is the case for me.
This sounds like the BIOS would unlock the wattage limit completely. I know the LN2 BIOS I used with my Pascal STRIX completely killed all power based limits, but you had to use command prompt to bump voltage and without the ability to monitor it (you lost that) via software there was a good chance I was going to smoke the card. That being said I did pull some 2200mhz runs off lol
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#5
xkm1948
cdawall said:
This sounds like the BIOS would unlock the wattage limit completely. I know the LN2 BIOS I used with my Pascal STRIX completely killed all power based limits, but you had to use command prompt to bump voltage and without the ability to monitor it (you lost that) via software there was a good chance I was going to smoke the card. That being said I did pull some 2200mhz runs off lol
2200 is impressive.

So you are thinking of getting a 2080Ti? Why not a Radeon 7. I am curious to see how 7nm overclocking might pan out.
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#6
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Wow 3x 8 pin headers, yet everyone complained about Vega having that many, pretty hypocritical if you ask me.

This card looks ugly compared to the Previous Lightning Cards.
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#7
blobster21


Bundled with a tiny quantum singularity to power it :roll:
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#8
W1zzard
Sample was delayed, should arrive today
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#9
hat
Enthusiast
Now this is a real graphics card. Yeah, it's got as many power pins as a full ATX connector, but at least silly restrictions can be removed.
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#10
londiste
cdawall said:
This sounds like the BIOS would unlock the wattage limit completely.
I am not sure wattage limit is the problem. Every Pascal and Turing card I have tried inevitably runs into voltage limit somewhere around 110-115% power limit.
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#11
the54thvoid
eidairaman1 said:
Wow 3x 8 pin headers, yet everyone complained about Vega having that many, pretty hypocritical if you ask me.

This card looks ugly compared to the Previous Lightning Cards.
This is an AIB. It's been given that extra juice by MSI, not Nvidia.
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#12
medi01
In the recent (silly) interview MSI CEO revealed that "special relationships" with Intel is till a thing.
Makes me wonder, how special they are in case of nVidai.
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#13
Recus
eidairaman1 said:
Wow 3x 8 pin headers, yet everyone complained about Vega having that many, pretty hypocritical if you ask me.

This card looks ugly compared to the Previous Lightning Cards.
Because 2080Ti with 3x 8pin consumes same amount of W as Vega 64 with 2x 8pin. ;)



Anyway third pin was added for extreme oc. I wonder if Lightning would work just with 2 power cables?
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#14
kings
eidairaman1 said:
Wow 3x 8 pin headers, yet everyone complained about Vega having that many, pretty hypocritical if you ask me.

This card looks ugly compared to the Previous Lightning Cards.
I guess you've never had a Lightning model before, so you don´t know how these models work.

The extra pins are there, but not because the board needs them to function properly. They are there for extreme overclocking only, which is the concept of these cards, just like the EVGA Kingpin models!

I had a R9 290X Lightning in the past with 8 + 8 + 6 pins and the card worked perfectly with 8 + 8, the extra 6 pin was just for a more extreme OC! So it has nothing to do with what happens in the RX Vega cards, the comparison does not make sense!
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#15
MrAMD
xkm1948 said:
2200 is impressive.

So you are thinking of getting a 2080Ti? Why not a Radeon 7. I am curious to see how 7nm overclocking might pan out.
Radeon 7 and 2080 Ti aren't in the same league? It compares to the 2080. And the benchmarks isn't looking too great so far unfortunately.
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#16
bajs11
when 1300 usd cards are not expensive enough
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#17
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Recus said:
Because 2080Ti with 3x 8pin consumes same amount of W as Vega 64 with 2x 8pin. ;)



Anyway third pin was added for extreme oc. I wonder if Lightning would work just with 2 power cables?
kings said:
I guess you've never had a Lightning model before, so you don´t know how these models work.

The extra pins are there, but not because the board needs them to function properly. They are there for extreme overclocking only, which is the concept of these cards, just like the EVGA Kingpin models!

I had a R9 290X Lightning in the past with 8 + 8 + 6 pins and the card worked perfectly with 8 + 8, the extra 6 pin was just for a more extreme OC! So it has nothing to do with what happens in the RX Vega cards, the comparison does not make sense!
I can understand the 290X having that for being 5 year old tech on a larger node, but everyone says how efficient the 2080 is yet it still requires 3rd connector for extreme OCs, if the 2080 were so efficient as the blind ones claim it would only require 2 connectors. Either way that card looks ugly.
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#18
Blueberries
W1zzard said:
Sample was delayed, should arrive today
In the render it looks like the finstack on the right side (VRM side) has a different design than the left.

Could just be the image but can you confirm that? I can't for the life of me imagine why that would be a conscience design effort.
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#19
yakk
medi01 said:
In the recent (silly) interview MSI CEO revealed that "special relationships" with Intel is till a thing.
Makes me wonder, how special they are in case of nVidai.
Officially none, unofficially... "relationships" are everything.

That part never changes since Dale Carnegie first wrote about them.
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#20
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
xkm1948 said:
2200 is impressive.

So you are thinking of getting a 2080Ti? Why not a Radeon 7. I am curious to see how 7nm overclocking might pan out.
I have a vega FE it kind of burned my care and concern to play with yet another GCN card.

I'm thinking about, but we will see how it pans out. I still really don't have a need to update my 1080ti's.
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#21
GhostRyder
This card looks SUPER sexy, I want this card sooooooooo bad!!!!
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