MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Walkthrough
The box design highlights the RGB LED integration built into the GPU. The accessory package is nice and contains many extras. You get a comic book that describes how to build the system, a 6-pin to 8-pin GPU power connector, manual, GPU support bracket, and of course, the GPU.
That heat sink is huge, and I would give the GPU three slots to itself. Three dual ball bearing fans cool down a huge radiator. I would ensure that the fans get enough room below them so that airflow isn't restricted.
The backside, or should I say top, of the GPU, has a custom-designed backplate with MSI's cool dragon logo. The MSI logo and digital RGB light bar light up through MSI's Mystic software, and they can sync up with the motherboard's RGB LEDs.
The rear of the card doesn't offer much to look at, but I will say that the GPU is longer than your standard ATX motherboard. You get two HDMI ports, two DisplayPorts, and one DVI connector. Each one has its own dust cover, as do the SLI connectors and PCI-E slot connector.
You should make sure to remove the plastic sheet over the fans; it's there to inform you of MSI's Zero Frozr feature, which turns off the fans when they aren't needed. The GPU offers two 8-pin power connectors, and you should use two real 8-pin connectors from your PSU.
The main VRM for the GPU is cooled down by the mean GPU cooler, while the GPU's memory and minor VRMs are cooled by a separate cold plate. The VRM consists of 8 phases; each one gets two Fairchild Semiconductor FDPC5018SG dual N-channel MOSFETs rated for 32A. That means each phase has up to 64A out MOSFET limitation, and double the number of MOSFETs a typical VRM power stage would have.
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