The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z was previewed before its official announcement. Deleted submissions to the HWBOT overclocking community, where enthusiasts from around the world compete to squeeze the most performance out of their hardware, provided a glimpse of the card without its cooler. Fortunately, VideoCardz was able to capture information about the Lightning Z in a bottle.
Late in 2017, MSI released the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z as a limited edition graphics card intended to showcase its engineers. It would make sense for the company to develop a similar product based on the RTX 2080 Ti, so rumors are circulating that the company will announce a new Lightning Z at CES 2019, even though it has not yet done so. (The trade show takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from January 8 to 11)
The HWBOT submissions will undoubtedly be used to lend credibility to those rumors. The information gleaned from the submissions has not been independently confirmed, the submissions have since been deleted, and there is no assurance that MSI plans to unveil the Lightning Z at CES 2019 even if the submissions were genuine. Do not be surprised if a new Lightning Z is not soon announced.
Nonetheless, it is entertaining to see how the product may perform, especially in the hands of overclockers. If “Gunslinger” and “LittleboyHWBOT “‘s submissions are to be believed, MSI’s flagship RTX 2080 Ti can reach clock speeds above 2,450 MHz. This is almost twice the base clock speed (1,350 MHz) of Nvidia’s Founder’s Edition RTX 2080 Ti. (Other cards perform better, but Nvidia’s provides a solid comparison baseline.)
According to VideoCardz, performance is enabled by liquid nitrogen cooling (as is customary), so most enthusiasts will be unable to achieve comparable results. Photos of the Lightning Z included in the report depict three 8-pin power connectors, and the right side of the board is equipped with its heat plate and pipe, in addition to several fan and voltage connectors. Due to the removal of the cooler, we do not know precisely how those connectors are utilized.
We may hear more about the RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z shortly. MSI could be preparing to unveil the card at CES 2019 or Computex 2019, as rumor suggests. Alternatively, MSI could be preparing to unveil the card at CES 2019. The Lightning Z line is indicative of what MSI is capable of when it decides to implement its most advanced technology into a graphics card. Let’s just hope it doesn’t have the same effect on our wallets as it does on the benchmarks.