MSI is all set to unveil the GeForce GTX 980 Ti Lightning, featuring the vendor’s latest Tri-Frozr design. Aimed at the enthusiast community, the GTX 980 Ti Lightning will be MSI’s flagship offering for gamers, with the card featuring the GM200-300-A1 GPU.
The GTX 980 Ti Lightning offers 2,816 CUDA cores, 176 TMUs and 96 ROPs, with a base clock of 1,203MHz and a boost clock of 1,303MHz, with the 6GB GDDR5 memory clocking in at 1774 MHz (7.00 GHz) resulting in an effective bandwidth of 340GB/s on a 384-bit bus.
The card comes with a 12+3+1 phase VRM along with the new DrMOS 5 MOSFETs. Given the audience the card is catered to, it can easily withstand overclocked frequencies of 1,500MHz on air, and should you wish to go even further using LN2, there’s a defrost feature that allows left-over liquid nitrogen to easily break down.
The card itself features the new Tri-Frozr design with a yellow on metal design motif and a large aluminium heatsink sitting beneath the shroud. The addition of the heatsink adds considerable weight to the card, which is why it comes with a reinforced backplate that features the Lightning logo. Connectors include the standard DVI, HDMI 2.0 and three DisplayPort.
While the standard TDP of the silicon is 250W, the GTX 980 Ti Lightning comes with two 8-pin and a 6-pin connector, allowing you to take the TDP all the way up to 425W. There’s no information on pricing, but with the reference GTX 980 Ti costing $649, it is very likely MSI’s offering will command a significant premium.