MSI has had great looking video cards for years now, with the GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G continuing that tradition with an upgraded Twin Frozr VI cooler. First off, let's see what MSI has done with the retail packaging, which has always looked great.
The front of the box, where we see the updated GameWorks/Ansel/VRWorks and DirectX 12 support.
The rear of the box thoroughly details the custom LED lighting, Twin Frozr VI cooler, the MSI Gaming App, and more.
We'll take a look around the card front and back, and see what we like. On the front, we have two Torx 2.0 fans that are 20% more efficient, and they also look better. Below them is a large heat sink that keeps the GP104 GPU cool, as well as the GDDR5X while it hits 10GHz.
On the back, we have a solid backplate which also looks awesome. It has some nice holes in the back to let some heat out from the VRMs, and a slick MSI dragon to the right.
MSI has added some more power delivery into the card, with a 6+8-pin compared to the GTX 1080 Founders Edition and its single 8-pin PCIe power connector.
Display output connectivity is the same as the GTX 1080 Founders Edition, with 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 2.0 and 1 x DVI.
We have SLI support, so if you want to make your PC even more powerful.
The top MSI dragon logo and the red stripes on the right side of the card have LEDs that can be controlled through the MSI Gaming App.
From the bottom of the card, we can see the elaborate heat sink setup that keeps the GP104 nice and cool.
From the top of the card, the heat sink tease continues, with the MSI logo on the left (which lights up with its own light) and the 6+8-pin PCIe power connectors.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is the new reference card, with an improved cooler and a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. The GPU on the GTX 1080 Founders Edition is clocked at 1607MHz, with a Boost of 1733MHz. MSI has the GPU clocked up to 1683MHz on the Base with a 1822MHz Boost (up from 1733MHz). The 8GB of GDDR5X is still clocked at 10GHz, while under the OC mode the GDDR5X gets overclocked to 10108MHz.
There are three different pre-overclocked modes on the GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G, with OC Mode, Gaming Mode, and Silent Mode. Leading with the OC Mode, we have 1708MHz on the Base clock while the Boost hits 1847MHz, while the Gaming Mode will be the mode most people will use, with the Base clock at 1683MHz while the Boost sits at 1822MHz, just 25MHz less than the OC mode. The 'Silent' mode has a Base clock of 1607MHz, while the Boost is 1733MHz.
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- Page 1 [Introduction - The First Custom GTX 1080 We've Tested]
- Page 2 [MSI's Twin Frozr VI Cooler, Custom PCB, and RGBs]
- Page 3 [Detailed Look & Specifications]
- Page 4 [Testing Methodology & Test Setup Configuration]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks @ 1080p]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks @ 1440p]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks @ 4K]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - DX12 & OC Adventures]
- Page 10 [Power, Temperature & Noise]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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