Computex 2017: MSI’s GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z brings the thunder

MSI has more than a few models on the market of Nvidia's potent pixel-pusher GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but we've yet to see a Lightning-branded version for sale. It seems that one is on the way, however, as our Johnny-on-the-spot at Computex was able to snap a few pictures of it.

MSI hasn't released a full spec sheet for the card, but the images confirm a few of our suspicions. The new model is called the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z, and it has a massive cooler with three MSI Torx 2.0 fans. The card operates in silent, gaming, and "lightning" modes. In its silent mode, the Lightning Z operates at the same clocks as Nvidia's reference card: a 1480 MHz base clock and a 1582 MHz boost clock. Its gaming mode bumps the base speed to 1582 MHz and the boost clock to 1695 MHz. In its lightning mode, the GPUs goes from a 1607 MHz base speed all the way to a nominal 1721 MHz boost. If either the gaming or lightning modes are selected, the memory gets a modest overclock to 11.12 GT/s.

The rear panel of the card reveals two DisplayPorts and two HDMI 2.0 connectors alongside a legacy DVI-D output. Users looking to change the card's appearance get to play with MSI's Mystic Light RGB LED system and customize the top-side nameplate. As usual with Computex announcements, MSI hasn't revealed availability or pricing. Given the card's placement at the top of MSI's lineup, however, it's fair to assume that the Lightning Z will carry a premium price tag.

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    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Finally an Nvidia card that lets you figure out how far away you are from it by counting how long it takes to hear the thunder after the lightning.

    Or was that the power supply blowing up? Either way.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      It was your phone blowing up from everyone at TR begging you to stop the bad jokes.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 3 years ago

        You’ll be happier if you just think of him the way I do–as the TR volunteer mascot who gets to do pretty much anything he wants as long as he doesn’t get offensive. He beat both drfish’s and Morphine’s cats for the position, so cut him a little slack. 😉

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 3 years ago

          He’s head of the varsity cheer squad. I expect better from him. He’s slippin’.

            • chuckula
            • 3 years ago

            Cut me some slack here, there are about a million of these standard-GPU-with-whacko-cooler models floating around and it’s hard to come up with new material every time they slightly reconfigure some RGB LEDs.

            • K-L-Waster
            • 3 years ago

            “These are the jokes, kid”

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    You can get a 1080ti for 640$ now that will clock basically as high on air or you can spend several hundred more to get this and an additional few hundred more to put it on water and get ~100mhz more boost clock… nVidia really limits their OC potential by artificially limiting the voltage and power draw to basically make every card the same. I’m not saying they don’t OC like crazy but that the wall makes spending all that extra cash kinda a waste. Just buy 2 instead.

    • K-L-Waster
    • 3 years ago

    Based on the product name and the article title I was half expecting a Thunderbolt connector…

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      The headline would have ended with “…brings the Thunder(bolt)”

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