In the high end MSI have earned a reputation over the years for creating some of the finest video cards known to man. Today we take a look at one of their latest flagship offerings – the GTX 980 TI Lightning. This card ships with a beautiful triple fan cooler and is supplied in a heavily overclocked state.
You know this card is serious when you see that it incorporates not two, but three PCIe power connectors. MSI also include an adjusted cooling bracket included that is intended for use alongside LN2 pots in order to draw heat away from the MOSFETs. The Lightning is not a card for the faint of heart – at £659.99 inc vat, the price of admission will be too high for many.
||Geforce GTX970||GeForce GTX980
||Geforce GTX 980 Ti||Geforce GTX Titan X|
|Base Clock||1126 mhz||1050 mhz||1126 mhz||1000 mhz||1000 mhz|
|GPU Boost Clock||1178 mhz||1178 mhz||1216 mhz||1075 mhz||1076 mhz|
|Total Video memory||2GB||4GB||4GB||6GB||12GB|
|Texture fill-rate||72.1 Gigatexels/Sec||109.2 Gigatexels/Sec||144.1 Gigatexels/Sec||176 Gigatexels/Sec||192 Gigatexels/Sec|
|Memory Clock||7010 mhz||7000 mhz||7000 mhz||7000 mhz||7000 mhz|
|Memory Bandwidth||112.16 GB/sec||224 GB/s||224 GB/sec||336.5 GB/sec||336.5 GB/sec|
|TDP||120 watts||145 watts||165 watts||250 watts||250 watts|
The Nvidia GTX980 Ti ships with 2816 CUDA cores and 22 SM units. The memory subsystem of the GTX980 Ti consists of six 64-bit memory controllers (384-bit) with 6GB of GDDR5 memory.
The MSI GTX980 Ti Lightning 6G has received a clock boost over Nvidia’s reference card, with final speeds set at 1,203 mhz(core)/1,304mhz (boost). The memory is also overclocked, from default speeds of 1,753mhz (7Gbps effective) to 1,774mhz (7.1Gbps effective).