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  • The Fabled MSI Lightning Surfaces Again at CES2019



    Back when I was trying out for the MSI MOA (Master Overclocker Arena) there were two rather large costs of entry.  The first was binning a good CPU to ensure the highest stable clockspeeds.  The second was a Lightning edition video card.  Back then factory supported overclocking was really quite common and, while rare, you could find a Lightning card to buy.

    These days many of the tier 1 hardware makers are stepping away from overclocking to focus on more profitable product lines.  Honestly I thought the Lightning edition video cards would be all but a memory.

    That is until I saw this during CES 2019.

    This is the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z.  It features some amazing things like “Phantom of the Lightning” which is a new visual technology to dazzle you with vibrant colors and effects on the TORX Fan 3.0 blades.  The lights are controlled from the MSI Dragon Center software (not Mystic Light?).

    A full Carbon backplate to improve board strength (and style)

    There is a full OELD panel allowing you to view graphics, temps and clockspeeds all from a single panel.

    The GPU is a RTX 2080 Ti and as of CES there were no published clocks and sadly it was indicated that they are only making a handful of cards.

    I suspect the “handful” of cards will likely go to the professional overclocking crowd with a few making their way into the international markets.  Sadly, very few of these unicorns end up being sold in the US.

    I can’t imagine why not either, I mean this card comes with a Lightning branded support bracket and black I/O shield.  If that isn’t super pimp I’m not sure what is.