MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z 11 GB Graphics Card Review – The Card That Goes SHAZAM!



MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z

January, 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $1599.99 US

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z Package

The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z graphics card comes within a large rectangular package. The front of both packages has a large “GeForce RTX” brand logo along with the “MSI” logo on the top left corner. The picture of the card itself is featured on the front with a black background that looks really neat.

The packaging has put a large emphasis on the RTX side of things as the first feature enlisted by AIBs will be Ray Tracing, followed by GDDR6, DirectX 12 and Ansel support. NVIDIA has bet the future of their gaming GPUs on Ray Tracing support as these are the first cards to offer support for the new feature.

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The back of the box is very typical, highlighting the main features and specifications of the cards. The three key aspects of MSI’s top tier custom cards are its blazing performance which is achieved by a fully custom design, the new Tri-Frozr cooling system and a rugged edge fins heatsink which will offer better cooling performance compared to the traditional flat surfaced fin heatsinks.

There's also a focus towards on each AIB card through which users can download the latest drivers and GeForce Experience application which are a must for gamers to access all feature set of the new cards.

There's a second box within the main packaging that has a nice texture to it and a gold "Lightning" branding embedded in the middle.

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Within this package is the card itself but I will first talk about the accessories that come within the package. The only accessory that is placed next to the card itself is the graphics card bracket while the rest of the goodies are hidden underneath the graphics card container.

The card is nicely wrapped within an anti-static cover which is useful to prevent any unwanted static discharges on various surfaces that might harm the graphics card. The card accessories include a Molex power connector which isn't of much use in high-end systems since the PSUs already have the required cables.

Useful manuals and installation guides are packed within an MSI labeled letter case. There is an MSI Quick Users Guide, a Support bracket installation guide, a sticker letter, the MSI DIY comic, and a single drivers disk. It’s best to ignore the driver disk and install the latest software and graphics drivers directly from the NVIDIA and MSI official web pages as the ones shipped in the disks could be older versions and not deliver optimal performance for your graphics cards.

The most interesting accessory that I found in the package was a graphics card support bracket. This bracket connects the graphics card to the casing, offering better durability and prevents any sort of bending that may occur due to the heavy weight of the Gaming X Trio series graphics cards.

One thing is for sure, as soon as you look at the card itself, you are greeted with a design that is unlike anything that has been done before. This is really a special graphics card and I am excited about knowing that I will be testing it out.

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