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Flash of Superlatives: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z Review | Retro

WITH the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z, MSI has once again made a real catch. This is because there is a significant increase compared to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio, which has already been tested. Our detailed test...


I will go into the specifics of the LN2 BIOS and the MSI Afterburner Extreme later, but the card with air cooling is almost a prisoner in your own body. However, with the factory-launched Power Target of 360 watts, it is already clocking as high as the previously tested Zotac RTX 2080 Ti Amp! Extreme with maximum OC. After all, 1935 MHz makes my copy out of the box, which is already a decent house number.

If you now set the Power Target to the 400 watt limit of the LN2 BIOS, set the voltage up to a permanent 1.1 volts and let the fans turn fully, then the cooler still manages to do so, even with approx. 420 watts and tolerable boost steps. In the average 2160 MHz (cold to 2190 MHz) then manage a lot of propulsion and with a clever water cooling, the 2.2 GHz+ are certainly still in it.

Instead of 7000 MHz, the memory could also run at 8000 MHz, everything about it will be partially slower with a little bad luck. However, I left it for safety.

However, since not everyone is allowed to use the MSI Afterburner Extreme (you have to “qualify” for it), I created the benchmarks with the normal AB version, but used the LN2 BIOS with the higher power limit, but without voltage increase. 2085 MHz still go and that’s exactly what’s enough.


Benchmark results in WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels)

We see that the difference to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition is between 5 and 10 percent, depending on the game. If you then overclock up to the reasonable limit, it is a maximum of up to 3 percent, which are added, whereby you run into the CPU limit from time to time at lower resolutions. This, in turn, is no longer necessarily decisive about any playability, but only for the gallery of vanities. It’s also getting a little louder. But since it was always desired to put the OC results into the charts: gladly happen.

Benchmark results in Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)

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