Lightning strikes again, MSI's new GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2017 - 02:02 PM |
Tagged: msi, LIGHTNING Z, gtx 1080 ti, factory overclocked

MSI have expanded their Lightning line with a new GTX 1080 Ti GPU.  The Lightning line comes with three profiles, including one which bears the name of the family, which will set your GPU to a boost clock of 1721 MHz, 1607 MHz base.  The other two modes are Gaming, which runs at 1695 MHz boost, 1582 MHz base and a Silent mode running at 1582 MHz/1480MHz. 

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This GPU shares the high end features appearing on many MSI cards, the TRI-FROZR cooler with TORX 2.0 fans and SuperPipes as well as Military Class 4 components and a 10-layer PCB with 14 power phases for the GPU and 3 for the memory.  What is somewhat new is the RGB infection, which can be controlled by MSI's Mystic Light app to create your own personalized light show.

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Check out the full PR below.

MSI is proud to officially announce the latest of its legendary LIGHTNING graphics cards. Built to be perfect, the new GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z combines cutting edge new technology with proven features such as TRI-FROZR design with TORX 2.0 Fans, SuperPipe technology and Military Class 4 components. The GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece.

Unmatched Thermal Design
MSI Torx Fan 2.0MSI’s reputation in thermal design is well-known to be excellent. The improved TRI-FROZR design on the GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z utilizes two 10cm and one 9cm TORX 2.0 Fans combining the advantages of both traditional fan blade and dispersion fan blade, generating huge amounts of airflow while remaining virtually silent. Two 8mm SuperPipes transfer heat much faster to the fins, enabling up to a whopping 700W of heat dissipation.

Mystic Light Sync with Brilliant RGB Effect
MSI’s Mystic Light enables you tocustomize the RGB effects of your hardware to give your system a different look whenever you feel like it. Using the MSI Mystic Light software, you can even synchronize colors and effects of your graphics card, motherboard, case-fans and peripherals. Give yourself or the audience a show!

Dual BIOS and Enhanced Power Design
The special LN2 BIOS on the card provides extreme overclockers more capibility 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 10-layer PCB is fitted with 14 phases for GPU and 3 phases for Memory to ensure power delivery can handle the most extreme loads.

Military Class 4 Components
Equipped with Military Class 4 components, the MSI GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is built to deliver the best quality and stability. The components have gone through rigorous testing by a third-party laboratory to satisfy the MIL-STD-810G standard. Featuring DrMOS 60A power phases, the highest rated available ensuring plenty of power. Hi-C CAP cores, Super Ferrite Choke, and Solid CAP, each aspect of the LIGHTNING Z ensures the best possible performance.

On-board and in control
With MSI's exclusive OC kits you're in complete control of the GTX 1080 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 clock speeds.

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Source: MSI

June 20, 2017 | 03:29 PM - Posted by funandjam

That is a massive card, does it come with a jack stand?

June 20, 2017 | 09:23 PM - Posted by quest4glory

If you're running it with LN2, you wouldn't need it.

June 21, 2017 | 11:17 AM - Posted by Subsailor

"Military Class 4" = Marketing babblespeak. There's no such thing in the real world.

"MIL-STD-810G standard" means they're testing to tailored environments. Translation - they have a testing methodology. Nothing more.

IMHO, "we have an awesome warranty!" would mean a lot more.

June 21, 2017 | 12:29 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Of course the PR team tries to make it sound sexy by calling it Military Class, what it means is better components.  The chokes and caps are of higher quality than a budget class board, as is the PCB, it doesn't have anything to do with the US military testing standard nor the testing standards of any country's military.

Remember when the heatsinks were shaped like guns and ammo clips?  It's an oddly common theme on motherboards; GPUs tended to favour scantily clad women.

June 24, 2017 | 04:38 AM - Posted by RandomUser101 (not verified)

As a owner of two 980 Ti MSi Lightning Editions, this card makes me want to get one or two lol. But, at the moment I'm waiting for Volta cards. Augh, this card makes me droll... *wipes saliva off of lips* anyway please review this beast. I really want to see this card fly and dominate the other 1080 Ti's out there.

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