MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z 11 GB Review 50

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z 11 GB Review

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Introduction


NVIDIA launched the GeForce RTX 20-series in September last year, with support for several new technologies, like machine learning and RTX Raytracing. This feature is so big for NVIDIA that it has changed the naming of their GeForce cards from "GTX" to "RTX".

NVIDIA RTX is a near-turnkey real-time ray-tracing model for game developers that lets them fuse real-time ray-traced objects into 3D scenes that have been rasterized. Ray-tracing the whole scene in existence isn't quite possible yet, but the results with RTX are still better-looking than anything rasterizing can achieve. To even get those few bits of ray tracing done right, an enormous amount of compute power is required. NVIDIA has hence deployed RTX cores, purpose-built hardware components on its GPUs that sit alongside all-purpose CUDA cores.



It has taken them a little while, but the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning has finally been announced. This card is THE demo-vehicle to show what's possible when you build an RTX 2080 Ti custom-design without limits.

MSI is releasing two variants of the Lightning: The RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z, which is clocked at 1770 MHz Boost Clock, and the RTX 2080 Ti Lightning (without Z), which runs at a more conservative 1575 MHz Boost. Both cards share the same impressive cooler and design. MSI is using a triple-slot heatsink with three large fans. Also included is plenty of RGB lighting that is fully adjustable and can be turned off. The power input capability has been upgraded to three 8-pin connectors, which are paired with a total of 19 power phases.

The MSI RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z in this review retails for $1600, which is not exactly cheap. Let's see what MSI came up with to justify that price.

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
GTX 1080$460 2560641607 MHz1733 MHz1251 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$400 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$675 3584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RTX 2070$5002304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070 FE$6002304641410 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080$7002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 FE$8002944641515 MHz1800 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Ti FE$12004352641350 MHz1635 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$13004352641350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
MSI RTX 2080
Ti Lightning Z
$16004352641350 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
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