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MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning Review

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MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning Testing:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.


  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts





As you might expect, the MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning is not going to be the most frugal card when it comes time to feed it from the power source. The stock results bare this out in both the idle and load tests, where it is at the lower end of the ratings. Now, the surprises come when you start pumping up the clock speeds and voltage to kick up the overclocks. In this scenario, a handful of cards use more current, including the reference GTX 980 Ti.

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