Nvidia has been teasing its upcoming MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lighting Z for quite a while. The flagship GPU, although definitely not a choice for a budget gaming PC, is the go-to for extreme overclocking.

The RTX 2080 Ti Lighting is for the niche of true gaming enthusiasts. A high-end market deal. And even if MSI’s Lighting models are always late to the party, we can cut the Asian manufacturer some slack. These cards need their sweat time to develop and build the best chips. Naturally, these cards are always an interesting powerhouse.

A lighting teaser

MSI Japan has posted a picture of the GeForce graphic card. It has a backplate covered in carbon-fiber texture…better yet, we’ll share the picture of the upcoming GPU so you see for yourself:

MSI GeForce 1080 Ti Lighting
MSI GeForce 1080 Ti Lighting Z. Source: Videocardz.

Nvidia will officially unveil the model at CES 2019.

Overclocking the Lighting Z

The first thing to notice is the Lighting Z’s main objective is to overclock your PC. It means you would need a motherboard that allows overclocking. If you’re not sure of what I’m talking about, take a look at the best 2019 motherboards.

The Lighting Z variant has more overclocking capacities than any other card on the upcoming GeForce 2060 series.

We also talk a lot about overclocking here on Tech News, so I think it’s time to explain what it means. Overclocking means increasing the clock rate of either the CPU, the GPU, or any other component.

Increasing the clock rate means it will run at a higher speed and perform more operations per second. However, it produces additional heat, so it would need additional cooling and care. In fact, take a look at these cooling systems we have selected for you.

You can increase de clock speed by setting a higher clock rate on the computer’s BIOS. Be careful with this, though, as it can damage your hardware or cause the computer to restart.

Everything we know about the Lighting Z

MSI will soon reveal the highly anticipated Lightning Z. In the mean time, we have already found a prototype version, an early form of proof this card will indeed exist.

Various tech blogs have shared pictures of the PCB only version with the cooler removed. It appears to be a TU102-based (Turing architecture) model designed with overclocking in mind. And with overclocking, I mean using liquid nitrogen to boost the speed.

The clock boost goes as high as 2450MHz. The card also features a 19-phase VRM with three 8-pin power connectors.

We can also safely assume the card will be at the high-end of the high-end 2080 Ti series. Nvidia 2080 Ti GPUs have a starting price of $1.119.

The entry level of the series has 11GB of GDDR6 VRAM, 4,352 CUDA cores, and1,635MHz boost clock. It also supports 4K gaming in a steady 60 fps and features USB-C connectivity.

On the downside, the price is almost as twice as the card its replacing, the GTX 2080. You can expect the Lighting Z to has an even higher price, while packing similar features to what you’ve just read.


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