MSI unveils GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor & Aero cards

MSI reveals cheaper, but still fast GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor & Aero graphics cards.

Published Tue, Mar 28 2017 8:29 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:56 AM CST

MSI might have its monster GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X coming soon, but the cheaper Aero and Armor models are coming with some slight differences. They'll still boast the power of the GP102 with its 3584 CUDA cores, and 11GB of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps, but the cooling tech will not be as good as the Twin Frozr VI cooler on the Gaming X model.

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MSI's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aero uses the reference PCB, with a black/green design and a blower-style cooler. MSI will have two different models, with slightly tweaked GPU clocks: with the stock model clocking in at 1480/1582MHz for base/boost respectively.

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The overclocked model has its base/boost clocks at 1506/1620MHz, respectively.

Next up, we have the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor graphics card - with clocks that start getting closer to the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X.

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MSI's new GTX 1080 Ti Armor will feature the same PCB as the higher-end Gaming X model, but won't deploy with the exotic heat sink and RGB LEDs.

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MSI's upcoming GTX 1080 Ti Armor still reports MSI's great Zero Frozr technology, though - while the clock speeds of the non-OC version are 1480/1582MHz, and the OC model will come in at 1531/1645MHz for base and boost, respectively.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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