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[Various][Updated] MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning review

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Oh yeah, we review the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z, the beast has been unleashed with highly clocked factory tweaks and a completely new look. That look entails a gorgeous RGB lighting system as well as a carbon backplate. Next, to that, the card has been over-engineered in any and all impressive ways. It was a glorious day when we received the card a week or so ago. I mean RTX money discussion aside, once we opened up that box, I had a smile on my face from ear to ear. It's hard for me to get truly excited about hardware, I've seen and tested it all you know. But yeah, the Lightning Z immediately will give you that x-factor feel.
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https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/...i_Lightning_Z/
https://bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/gr...ng-z-review/1/
https://wccftech.com/review/msi-gefo...t-goes-shazam/
https://nl.hardware.info/reviews/759...rn-it-up-to-11
https://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graph...i-lightning-z/


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While I have always been a massive MSI Lightning-series fanboy, I do have to say that the hyperbole of the G3d review is a little disingenuous from how I am reading it. They are effectively claiming that the tweaked Lightning enjoys a massive 13% improvement in performance over the reference 2080Ti, but the comparison chart appears to simply be showing the performance difference between stock and OC'd cards, rather than anything special about the Lightning. AFAIK, the reference cards can OC as well and I don't think the Lightning itself will yield significant improvements to performance OC-to-OC over reference, unless we are talking about sub-ambient. But I admit I am not knowledgeable about standard 2080Ti OC potential so I could be wrong about that.

Either way, I still love me some MSi Lightnings and this card is no exception. I do have some nostalgia for the older Twin Frozr designs that were two-slot, two-fan designs that didn't look quite so try-hard IMO. I think the 580L and 7970L's were my favorite looking Lightnings.

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Ya the days of custom PCB graphics cards handily beating the reference PCB are over. In this test, the lightning is attaining core frequencies really no higher than a reference PCB. IMO the only reason to buy it is because of the good air cooler (which IS better than the FE cooler), or to us it under LN2.

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I doubt it OCs better on air or water aside from the binning. Still I always love seeing the LN2 cards.
I wish they'd go back to a more classy design but I'm sure others will like it.

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lol big price, clock just same my zotac + heatkiller iv

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lol big price, clock just same my zotac + heatkiller iv
That's a good thing, this card doesn't need an $800 loop lol. I also highly doubt the Zotac feeds unlimited power, 1.8v and includes voltage points.


I really can't wait to see what they can do OCd.

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