MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Review

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The packaging for the Lightning is somewhat more muted than we've seen previously with just a nose-on view of the jet fighter hinting at the models of yore. On the reverse the features that separate the Lightning from the pack are laid out clearly so that you are left in no doubt about the benefits of owning this particular model.

The card itself is a monster. Seriously thick and heavy, with three fans employed at keeping it cool, particularly during these few weeks that count as an English summer. By default it is equipped with the silver accents, but as we've seen on the previous page you can adjust these to more muted or gaudy options depending upon your personal preferences.

MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Review  
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Review  
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Review  

Just in case you doubt our observation that the Lightning is a beefy card then take a look at these. It's very nearly three slots wide, with the monster heatsink bursting from the seams of the shroud. You can also see the three 8-pin PCIe power inputs that keep this beast fed with power under even the most harsh loadings.

The backplate is equally savoury with a thick form helping spread the heat and a few vents to help stop any build up of temperature. The white sections you can see on the Lightning are the locations for the RGB lighting, a step ahead of the more standard "just the logo" lighting that you get with some other cards.


MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Review  
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Review  
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Review  

With such a thick card it is understandable that some people might fear for the stress the Lightning will place upon their PCI Express slot, and so MSI have kindly included a triple-slot plate for extra support. It's nice to have this as an option so if you've got a modern motherboard with reinforced slots then this is unnecessary and you're not forced to take up so much of your expansion case ports. Of course if you're running regular slots on a, ahem, more affordable motherboard then the extra support this bracket provides could be a godsend.


MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Review  
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Review  

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Most Recent Comments

03-07-2017, 16:29:35

The F34R Channel
Damn Tom you work quick! I hope you have a nice vacation upcoming!!Quote

03-07-2017, 16:48:32

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by The F34R Channel View Post
Damn Tom you work quick! I hope you have a nice vacation upcoming!!
I was doing this and the VRM stuff for the Strix at the same time.... Its has been a busy few days for us all here though so TY xQuote

03-07-2017, 17:17:41

The F34R Channel
Yeah I can only guess at the hours you lot are putting in.

I was wondering how you never seem to get sagging cards no matter the weight? Or am I that blind? Because the Ti, and especially the lightning, is heavy! The triple bracket may help with this particular model I suppose.Quote

03-07-2017, 18:02:12

AlienALX
Hurrah. Finally a Lightning card to make me drool as much as I did when the 480 Lightning came out.

Welcome back to ass kicking land MSI.Quote

03-07-2017, 20:30:47

Greenback
They certainly made a card that has all the I want one factors, Tom if you have to send it back could you accidentally put the wrong address I wont tell it arrived here Quote
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