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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G (11Gbps) Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 7, 2017 8:32 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI

Twin Frozr VI FTW

 

Any regular TweakTown readers will know that I love MSI's cooling technology, and their new GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G rocks the same Twin Frozr VI cooler that the normal GTX 1080 rocked, as well as the faster GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G graphics card from MSI.

 

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MSI places an engineering masterpiece (their words, but it is damn good) underneath every Gaming series card.

 

 

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There are 8mm-thick heat pipes underneath, maximizing heat dissipation into the fans.

 

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MSI uses 'premium thermal compound' on the GPU baseplate of their Gaming series graphics cards.

 

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Underneath the heat sink is MSI's Close Quarters cooling, with a memory cooling plate for the super-fast GDDR5X modules, as well as a PWM heat sink with micro fins to keep the end of the card cool.

 

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MSI uses a custom PCB on the GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G, with a larger PCB for the bigger cooler, and the additional 6-pin PCIe power connector that allows for 75W more through the card.

 

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MSI takes a stab at ZOTAC with their 'perfection in 2 slots', but they're right - unless there's a massive shift in temperatures or performance, there's no reason for 2.5/3-slot graphics cards.

 

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MSI continues using its Twin Frozr VI on the new GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G. It includes a custom PCB and backplate, Torx 2.0 fans, and the LEDs at the top that you can customize through software.

 

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MSI uses its Torx 2.0 fans and their unique design to lower temperatures and air pressure, keeping the card as silent as possible during load.

 

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The fans won't spin at anything less than 60C, meaning that it's totally silent until it's under full load. Today's graphics cards almost spoil you.

 

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The LEDs on top of the GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G can be configured, with different styles and colors - tweak until your heart's content.

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