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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G - A Totally Silent GTX 1080

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 15, 2016 2:31 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: MSI

Twin Frozr VI with Torx 2.0 Fans

 

MSI has proven itself over the years with its video cards, with the Twin Frozr cooler being one of the most popular coolers amongst gamers and enthusiasts. The new GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G has the latest Twin Frozr VI cooler, which we're going to go into detail about now.

 

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In the heart of the Twin Frozr VI are two Torx 2.0 fans from MSI, which allows the Twin Frozr VI to keep the card at very respectable temperatures. Torx 2.0 generates 22% more air pressure and packs silent performance even during those all-night gaming sessions.

 

 

The Dispersion Fan Blade has a steeper curved blade which helps with increased airflow, mixed with dual ball bearings provide not only longer-lasting components but they are silent under load - and when we say silent, we mean it. It doesn't matter how many games you throw at the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G, nothing will make those fans start making any noticeable noise. An achievement that goes a long way for MSI with its GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G.

 

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MSI call its Zero Frozr technology an industry standard with video cards, and I have to agree - I've never been disappointed by a Twin Frozr-cooled video card. The GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G is completely silent when the card isn't being stressed, with the fans not spinning until the card hits 60C. Anything below this is complete silence. Once you hit 60C, the fans will begin to spin up, but even during heavy gaming and benchmarking sessions, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G didn't make a sound. I didn't believe it and began stressing it more and more just to prove the point, and the result is a completely silent gaming experience.

 

We can't just have great performance, with some gamers wanting a bit of customizability with their gaming PCs, and this is where the new LEDs come into play. Each LED on the card can be individually controlled, with it being tweaked through MSI's Gaming App. You can have the GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G change its LED effects by the sound of your game, music, or movies with steady lights, breathing and flashing effects.

 

 

A Deeper Dive Into Twin Frozr VI

 

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The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G is cooled by a massive, and very intricate heat sink, and with its 'advanced aerodynamics' as MSI puts it, it directs air much more directly into the Twin Frozr VI heat pipes. There are even special deflectors on the heat sink that enlarge the surface areas, allowing the card to take in the heat and expel it much quicker that temperatures drop. So much so that when the fans eventually spin up, they don't hit levels where you'll hear them.

 

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MSI has used an 8mm thick copper heat pipe that has a smoothed square shape at the bottom that maximizes the heat transfer from the surface of the copper backplate, where it's better equipped to cool the card down. There's a solid nickel-plated copper baseplate that takes the heat from the GP104 GPU, and takes it to the heat pipes so that it can be dissipated across the heat sink, and be cooled down.

 

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Something else that MSI uses to keep their GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G silent is their 'close quarters cooling', where below the heat sink MSI has used three things to keep the card running everything at 100%, while keeping the temperatures and noise down. The way they do this is by using a rugged anti-bending strip on the PCB, a memory cooling plate for more stable, and higher overclocks, and a PWM heat sink with microfins to keep the temperatures down.

 

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An extra power input is another addition to the GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G over NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, with a 6-pin PCIe power connector accompanying the 8-pin PCIe power connector. This provides the card with an additional 75W of power over the 180W TDP. MSI has also used a 10-phase PWM design with high-quality, military-class components that provide higher reliability and a potential higher OC with higher stability.

 

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Around the back, MSI has a beautiful backplate that has holes not just for cooling but for aesthetics, while the usual MSI dragon on the right making a mean-looking appearance.

 

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Remember that you can put the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G cards in SLI for a huge performance boost, and while we haven't had two of these in SLI just yet, I can't imagine what two in SLI would be like - especially with the thermal and acoustic performance of this card.

 

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MSI also has support for G-Sync monitors of course, with the latest G-Sync monitors working with the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G.

 

 

MSI Gives VR Some Love

 

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We have VR support also, with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift both having support with MSI under the VR Ready program.

 

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On top of that, with the MSI Gaming App, there's a one-click to VR option which primes your gaming PC for VR by setting all of the key components to high-performance settings and making sure that other application on your PC interfere with your VR experience - now that, I love.

 

 

MSI's Gaming App is Pretty Packed Full of Features

 

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The optional MSI Gaming App is something else that MSI has with its new GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G, with MSI allowing one-click performance profiles for when you want to start gaming or keep your gaming experience silent during lighter operation. MSI includes the EyeRest tab, which provides improved image quality, with the LED control tab providing full control over the MSI Gaming LEDs.

 

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There's even on-screen speed and temperature overlays, which will provide real-time monitoring of the GPU, DRAM frequency, GPU and CPU temperatures, and more.

 

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We also can't forget about MSI's overclocking software, Afterburner, which will provide you full control over your video card.

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