MSI announces GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z
23 January 2019
MSI LIGHTNING is back
MSI is proud to officially announce the latest of its legendary LIGHTNING series graphics cards. Built to be perfect, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z combines cutting edge new technology with proven features such as Tri-Frozr design with new TORX 3.0 fans, Phantom of LIGHTNING LED effects, onboard Dynamic Dashboard OLED panel and a full carbon backplate.
Re-evolution Thermal Design
MSI has a well-respected reputation in the industry for its thermal designs. The new and improved Tri-Frozr design on the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z utilises two 10cm and one 9cm TORX 3.0 Fans. This is a similar fan array to what is used in the Gaming X Trio. Each of the three fans combines traditional and dispersion fan blades to generate huge airflow while remaining whisper quiet – even under load. The yellow highlights on the traditional fan blades are additional trims to create increased air pressure and improve airflow over the large fin array. Two 8mm Superpipes and six 6mm heatpipes transfer heat quickly to the large fin array enabling up to a whopping 700W of heat dissipation. The fin array also has a “Rugged-Edge” design to improve cooling efficiency.
"Rugged-Edge" heatsink fin array. (Source: MSI)
Customisable LED Effects with Dragon Center
With an innovative design, the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z presents an all-new level of visual customisation. Via MSI’s Dragon Center software, the LED colours and blades on the fans can be controlled to cycle predefined profiles.
Personalise your style with the OLED Dynamic Dashboard
MSI knows that keeping an eye on your graphics card performance is essential, especially for gamers. MSI’s OLED Dynamic Dashboard is a new premium feature which enables gamers to monitor the real-time frequency of the GPU, memory along with operating temperature and fan duty. Besides monitoring hardware, the display can also be personalised by uploading custom images and animations to show off your unique style.
Dual BIOS and Enhanced Power Design
The dedicated LN2 BIOS on the card provides extreme overclockers with the possibility of achieving overclocking records without any special hardware modifications. The full potential of the LIGHTNING Z is unlocked when switching to the LN2 BIOS by removing restrictions. The enhanced power design contains more power phases than other GeForce RTX 2080 Ti models to ensure plenty of power is available for record-breaking performance. LIGHTNING’s custom 10-layer PCB is fitted with 16 phases for the GPU and 3 phases for the Memory to ensure the power delivery can handle even the most extreme loads.
Onboard and In Control
With MSI’s exclusive OC features, you’re in complete control of the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z. V-Check points provide you with accurate ways to measure the GPU, Memory and PLL voltages. Quadruple Overvoltage allows you to overvolt the GPU, Memory and PLL and Multiple Temp Monitor allows you to check the real-time temperatures of these components.
MSI Dragon Center
MSI Dragon Center is a new software platform which aims to integrate all MSI software into one place. This means you can configure, control and monitor your MSI desktop systems, components and peripherals all in one place. For LIGHTNING series graphics cards, the MSI Dragon Center allow gamers to switch between OC and Silent performance modes quickly. MSI Dragon Center features an all-new Gaming Mode, which instantly optimises your hardware (such as your SSD, monitor and network settings) to provide the best gaming experience. MSI Dragon Center will continue to evolve and improve, continually adding more functionality and benefits for gamers using MSI products.
MSI Dragon Center (Source: MSI)
The highly regarded and widely used MSI Afterburner software is available to use with LIGHTNING Z. MSI Afterburner gives you full control of your graphics card and enables you to monitor your system’s key metrics in real-time. The latest version of MSI Afterburner features OC Scanner for GeForce RTX 20 Series graphics cards. OC Scanner is an automatic overclocking tool that will automatically find the highest stable overclocking settings for your graphics card. Overclocking your graphics card using MSI Afterburner gives you a free performance boost for an improved gaming experience thanks to higher FPS.
Buy the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z HERE.
Learn more about the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z HERE.
Browse our range of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards HERE.
Browse our range of MSI products HERE.