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There’s no MSI Lightning Edition of the GTX 1080…yet

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Yesterday at Computex I got to see every single one of MSI’s new graphics cards…all just sitting there in a desk,

That includes the new water-cooled Seahawk 1080 that Alessandro told you about, along with the TwinFrozr-cooled Gamer G8 That I spoke about a little about. On hand was also a sample of their other cards – like their Aero, which is based heavily on Nvidia’s Founder’s Edition.

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There was also a Lightning Edition card sitting along the lot, which has caused a bit of confusion. As many of you will know, the Lightning Edition of MSI’s cards are usually pretty damned powerful, and pretty damned expensive; overlocked from the outset, and and as MSI puts it, “engineered to perfection.”

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It was odd to see, as just the day before I’d asked MSI about the possibility of a Lightning Edition of the 1080, and was told that there was nothing planned as yet, as they’re waiting on Nvidia (ostensibly to release a more powerful, TI version of the card.) Their most powerful enthusiast grade card then, is the overclocked Z version of their red-and-black Gamer Edition.

So then why was there a Lightning card on the table? I asked – and it turns out that it was a regular old 980 ti, sitting there as a way to point out that it’s become redundant. So no, there’s no Lightning Edition of the 1080…yet. But right now, you don’t need one.

Last Updated: June 1, 2016

8 Comments

  1. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 1, 2016 at 07:47

    Enough work, more food pics!

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  2. HairyEwok

    June 1, 2016 at 08:51

    Junk status Rand whooooooo.

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  3. HairyEwok

    June 1, 2016 at 08:54

    Hold up…. Those MSI cards need 1x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin… Didn’t nvidia say the 1080 needs only one 8-pin connector

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    • th3SiCn3ss

      June 1, 2016 at 09:18

      I believe that’s the 980Ti they are referring to in the article…

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      • Geoffrey Tim

        June 1, 2016 at 09:45

        Nope. As i outlined in an earlier article, the Gamer edition of MSI’s 080’s have both, and are voltage unlocked for overclocking. So while the 1080 only NEEDS an 8 pin, MSI are letting you feed it a little more juice for stability and speed.

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        • HairyEwok

          June 1, 2016 at 11:11

          It’s great that they’re doing it. More headroom for overclocking will definitely get the attention of the enthusiasts.

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        • th3SiCn3ss

          June 1, 2016 at 11:32

          ah, my bad 🙂 thanks for the overwatch evening by the way, was pretty awesome…

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      • HairyEwok

        June 1, 2016 at 11:05

        In the picture with the multiple cards you can see all of them need the 8-pin and 6-pin…… Unless all of them on display are 980ti which is unlikely since all those cards (except the lightning) have remade twin forzr cooling

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