MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X PLUS Review

Published: 20th Apr 2017, 20:27 GMT | Comments

OVERCLOCKING

To put this short, there is not much a difference between GP104-400 and GP104-410 overclocking. We managed to add 75 MHz to the GPU and 675 MHz to the memory. This means we reached the point where memory is well above 12 Gbps. The GPU Base and Boost clocks were: 1758 MHz and 1898 MHz respectively. The actual clock after few minutes of testing was around 2014 MHz (check built-in GAMING APP profile comparison for details). There was no point in going any further as we were limited by TDP and core voltage adjustment had no effect on further overclocking.

The difference between manual overclocking (left) and built-in OC mode (right):

OVERCLOCKING RESULTS  
Reference :1607 MHz1733 MHz11008 MHz
Silent Mode :1607 MHz1747 MHz1736 MHz11008 MHz
Gaming Mode :1683 MHz1823 MHz1931 MHz11008 MHz
OC Mode :1709 MHz1849 MHz1955 MHz11112 MHz
Manual Overclocking :1758 MHz1898 MHz2014 MHz12360 MHz
BASE CLOCKBOOST CLOCKACTUAL CLOCKMEMORY CLOCK

Memory Speed vs Performance

I decided to compare four frequencies to determine if memory really does make an impact on performance and here are the results. You can downclock memory with Afterburner to 10 GHz and with GPU Tweak to 9 GHz.

The performance gain from using faster memory is obvious. We are looking at 2-3% better performance with each additional 1 Gbps, although it depends on the resolution.

MSI GTX 1080 GAMING X PLUS & GAMING X SLI

I know that many of you with “original” GTX 1080 wondering if they can just buy another 1080, but with faster memory for SLI. Since I have GAMING X 10 Gbps I decided to give this a try and yes, it works perfectly fine.

Putting both cards in SLI should serve you no issues, as both 1080s will easily run at 11 Gbps and the same GPU frequency. Whether SLI is a cost effective solution, well I have my doubts.




by WhyCry