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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G (11Gbps) Review (Page 2)

By Anthony Garreffa from May 7, 2017 @ 15:32 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI

Twin Frozr VI FTW

Any regular TweakTown readers will know that I love MSI's cooling technology, and their new GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G rocks the same Twin Frozr VI cooler that the normal GTX 1080 rocked, as well as the faster GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G graphics card from MSI.


MSI places an engineering masterpiece (their words, but it is damn good) underneath every Gaming series card.


There are 8mm-thick heat pipes underneath, maximizing heat dissipation into the fans.


MSI uses 'premium thermal compound' on the GPU baseplate of their Gaming series graphics cards.


Underneath the heat sink is MSI's Close Quarters cooling, with a memory cooling plate for the super-fast GDDR5X modules, as well as a PWM heat sink with micro fins to keep the end of the card cool.


MSI uses a custom PCB on the GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G, with a larger PCB for the bigger cooler, and the additional 6-pin PCIe power connector that allows for 75W more through the card.


MSI takes a stab at ZOTAC with their 'perfection in 2 slots', but they're right - unless there's a massive shift in temperatures or performance, there's no reason for 2.5/3-slot graphics cards.


MSI continues using its Twin Frozr VI on the new GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G. It includes a custom PCB and backplate, Torx 2.0 fans, and the LEDs at the top that you can customize through software.


MSI uses its Torx 2.0 fans and their unique design to lower temperatures and air pressure, keeping the card as silent as possible during load.


The fans won't spin at anything less than 60C, meaning that it's totally silent until it's under full load. Today's graphics cards almost spoil you.


The LEDs on top of the GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G can be configured, with different styles and colors - tweak until your heart's content.

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