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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

Performance Analysis

 

For the performance side of things, comparing MSI's faster GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G against NVIDIA's own GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition - and not the GTX 1080 Ti, MSI wins at 1440p with an additional 10% or more frames per second.

 

In games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G was pushing 103FPS average, compared to 90FPS on the GTX 1080 FE. In Far Cry Primal, we're looking at 86FPS average compared to 79FPS on the GTX 1080 FE. For 1440p monitor owners, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G is capable of 100FPS+ in some of the best-looking games, so eSports games like Overwatch, Rocket League and others will easily run at 144FPS+ for high refresh rate monitor owners.

 

 

Gaming at 4K is something you can do on the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G, with the same 10%+ additional performance over the GTX 1080 FE at 4K. With a few details adjusted, you could easily hit 60FPS at 4K - but games like Ghost Recon Wildlands runs at 32FPS average at 4K, on Ultra settings.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

If you didn't pull the trigger on the GeForce GTX 1080 a few months ago, and can't afford the $699+ for the new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, then the faster GTX 1080 with its 8GB of GDDR5X clocked at 11Gbps is a great choice. It offers up to 10% average more performance over the stock GTX 1080 Founders Edition, while MSI's custom GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G is silent until it hits 60C, and barely makes noise when it's under load.

 

The faster 8GB of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps can be overclocked as well, with our card hitting 11,600MHz without much hassle at all. We were hitting a maximum of 69C, which is thanks to MSI's great work in the Twin Frozr VI cooling technology.

 

For gamers with 1440p or 34-inch 3440x1440 UltraWide displays, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G is a great choice if you don't want to spend $500 or more on a GTX 1080 Ti. You'd have to drop the in-game visual details down to hit 60FPS+ at 4K, or 60-100FPS+ at 1440p/UltraWide - but you save $200 or more from the GTX 1080 Ti's higher cost.

 

At the end of the day, MSI continues filling out its GeForce GTX 10 series of graphics cards with great releases - the new GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G is a testament to that. We have slightly more performance than the GTX 1080 FE, near silent operation, the same Gaming X styling as MSI's other cards - and great performance. 4K gamers might want to cling to the GTX 1080 Ti, but 1080p/1440p/UltraWide gamers should consider MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G for their gaming needs.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)90%
Quality (build, design, cooling)90%
General Features (display outputs, etc)90%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: MSI fills out its GeForce GTX 1080 line up with the new and improved GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X+, with its 8GB of GDDR5X clocked up to 11Gbps providing a nice bump in performance over the stock GTX 1080 with 10Gbps memory.

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