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

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PRODUCT INFO

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z

January, 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $1599.99 US

Test Setup

We used the following test system for comparison between the different graphics cards. Latest drivers that were available at the time of testing were used from AMD and NVIDIA on an updated version of Windows 10. All games that were tested were patched to the latest version for better performance optimization for NVIDIA and AMD GPUs.

GPU Test Bench 2019

CPUIntel Core i9-9900K @ 4.70 GHz
MotherboardAORUS Z390 Master
Video CardsGigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor OC
ASUS ROG GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX OC
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z
Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Vulcan X OC
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 TI OC
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 OC
AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 DUKE OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Armor X OC
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning OC
Gigabyte Radeon RX Vega 64 (Reference Air)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury X Liquid Cooled
MemoryG.SKILL Trident Z RGB Series 32GB (4 X 8GB) CL16 3600 MHz
StorageSamsung SSD 960 EVO M.2 (512 GB)
Power SupplyASUS ROG THOR 1200W PSU
OSWindows 10 64-bit
  • All games were tested on 2560×1440 (2K) and 3840×2160 (4K) resolutions.
  • Image Quality and graphics configurations have been provided in the screenshots below.
  • The “reference” cards are the stock configs while the “overclock” cards are factory overclocked configs provided to us by various AIB partners.

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MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z Overclocking

Since the card is clocked at overclocked specifications, we are kind of left with limited headroom to overclock. I pushed the core to +145 MHz beyond its overclock profile and +1175 MHz on the memory.

I had the power and temp target slider maxed out in MSI Afterburner BETA 10 software so that meant that the GPU was under no restrictions or blocks when it came to overclocking. The clocks were stable after testing for an hour under stress load and the boost speeds were running around 2175-2200 MHz while running the benchmarks.

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