NVIDIA really did go on the performance offensive with the release of the GeForce GTX 1080, powered by the new 16nm FinFET process and the company's impressive new Pascal architecture. Pascal delivers numerous more new features and support than the Maxwell range of cards, with some faster VRAM to boot. The company slapped Micron's new GDDR5X standard, increasing the memory speeds up to 10GHz, much higher than the 7GHz (or so) on the previous GDDR5-based video cards.
This should've allowed MSI (and other AIB partners, but this is the first custom GTX 1080 we've received) to have some rather large headroom when it comes to overclocking, thanks to its additional 6-pin PCIe power connector. But, from our testing, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G didn't overclock all that much, even with 75W of additional TDP. The benefits of the additional PCIe power connector just aren't there on the GTX 1080 yet, but MSI did kick it up, or down several notches when it comes to providing a silent gaming experience.
MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G didn't make a peep during all of our gaming and benchmarking thrown at it, with the fans spinning up once the card hit 60C, but there's no audible sound. I had to have my ear as close as I could to the card to even hear it, which is damn impressive considering we have better than GTX 1080 Founders Edition performance.
All-in-all, MSI has a winner on its hands with the GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G - and I knew that before I even received it. I needed to see if the performance was better than the Founders Edition, and it was. The acoustic performance is out of this world. The aesthetics have been tweaked enough to make the card look even more impressive than the GTX 980 Ti range of cards from MSI, too. The overclocking abilities aren't that great - but I expect we'll see the GTX 1080 Lightning out in the coming months, which will (no doubt) be a monster.
For now, if you want a GTX 1080 that looks great, and provides a totally silent gaming experience, look no further than the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (overclocking, power)||95%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||100%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||95%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||95%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
The Bottom Line: MSI is the first with a custom GeForce GTX 1080, and its GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G is an incredible video card. Insanely fast performance, all while it performs whisper quiet. Seriously, it doesn't make any sound under load, and that has blown us away. Great work once again, MSI!
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- Page 1 [Introduction - The First Custom GTX 1080 We've Tested]
- Page 2 [MSI's Twin Frozr VI Cooler, Custom PCB, and RGBs]
- Page 3 [Detailed Look & Specifications]
- Page 4 [Testing Methodology & Test Setup Configuration]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks @ 1080p]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks @ 1440p]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks @ 4K]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - DX12 & OC Adventures]
- Page 10 [Power, Temperature & Noise]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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