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The Ultimate MSI Z270 Gaming M7 Motherboard Build Guide (Page 3)

By Steven Bassiri from Mar 7, 2017 @ 18:47 CST

MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB Walkthrough


The accessory package of the MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB, like most other GPUs, consists of a driver DVD and a quick installation guide. However, MSI has stepped up its game and added two stickers highlighting the most fabulous parts of the GPU; VR gaming capability and the Twin Frozr VI heat sink cooler. MSI also includes these little slips for customer engagement, encouraging you to register.

MSI's aftermarket Twin Frozr VI heat sink cooler follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, offering extremely quiet high-performance gaming. High-performance and silence don't always go hand-in-hand, but MSI's Twin Frozr VI does just that, like Anthony, TweakTown's GPU guru, highlighted in the title of his review of the card.

Make sure you remove the piece of plastic tape around the first fan before you install the GPU, it's there to let you know that the fan will only spin up if it needs too. That means if you see the fans on the GPU not spinning, don't worry, that is how the system is designed. If the GPU temperature is below 60C, the fans will turn off, and the fans only start spinning at temperatures above 60C.


When you look into a case at your graphics card, you only see the back of its PCB, and many people would rather see an elegant brushed aluminum backplate than solder points. MSI's custom backplate with their gaming dragon offers a nice touch to this GPU masterpiece. MSI's unique TROX fans, in this case, TORX 2.0, use a novel dispersion fan blade that offers a steeper curved blade to accelerate airflow. It's one of the leading factors resulting in the cooler's quiet design, offering 22% more air pressure than traditional fan blade design.


MSI also integrated multiple RGB LEDs into the visible portions of the graphics card to enhance its aesthetic value in your system. The MSI logo as well as parts of the shroud light up in RGB colors. The lighting style can be set to steady, breathing, flashing, sound reactive, or off. The GPU has two power connectors, one 8-pin, and one 6-pin, offering more than enough to unlock extreme overclocks.


The heat sink is what makes this GPU special, and the copper base plate is attached to multiple heat pipes ranging in size up to 8mm thick. These heat pipes move the GPU's heat to special deflector fins that enlarge the overall surface area. Each memory chip and all VRM components are cooled by special heat sink plates. The VRM heat sink even has micro-fins so that it can benefit from surrounding airflow.


MSI also implemented a custom-tailored PCB design with their Military Class components. The GPU's core gets its own 8-phase VRM, and the memory gets a 2-phase VRM. The GPU also uses Micron's new GDDR5X memory chips.


The GPU's PCI-E connector and IO ports are protected by plastic dust covers. Make sure you remove the PCI-E cover before installing the GPU. It would be wise to leave the covers on the unused IO connectors.

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