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MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning Review

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MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 
 

 

MSI's Tri Frozr cooling solution is used on the GTX 980 Ti Lightning. Its use enables the Lightning to run cooler and quieter than reference design cooling solutions. At stock speeds, the Tri Frozr cooling solution allows the GPU to run 16 °C cooler under load than the reference cooler. Pushing the fan speed up to 100%, the margin shrinks to 11 degrees, but MSI's solution still runs cooler and quieter thanks to the Torx Propeller blade fans that include dispersion blade technology.




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