MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ARMOR Review

Published: 4th May 2017, 19:25 GMT   Comments

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ARMOR OC

The MSI ARMOR is currently the cheapest dual-fan GTX 1080 Ti solution from MSI. In this review, we are going to focus on the differences between GAMING and ARMOR series. 

Unlike GAMING series, ARMOR cards are thinner. These cards will easily fit into dual-slot configurations, an important aspect for SLI. The heat dissipating area of ARMOR 2X cooler is roughly 2 times smaller than Twin Frozr VI series. This has a direct effect on cooling efficiency, fan profiles, generated noise and of course, GPU temperature.

The ARMOR 2X thermal design features the exact same TORX fans as Twin Frozr VI cooler, however as proven later in this review those fans spin faster. To improve the lifespan and overall experience MSI decided to enable Zero Frozr technology on this model. It means that the fans will not spin unless it’s really necessary.

Probably the best part of ARMOR series is that they use the exact same board design as GAMING. This gave more space for much wider cooler and larger fans.

The ARMOR GTX 1080 Ti has GP102-350 graphics processor featuring 3584 CUDA Cores. The card is equipped with 11 GB of GDDR5X memory across a 352-bit interface, which in correlation with 11 Gbps modules gives a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 428 GB/s.

AT A GLANCE

16nm GP102-350

3584

11GB GD5X 352b

1531 / 1645  MHz
GRAPHICS
PROCESSOR
CUDA
CORES
MEMORY
CONFIGURATION
BASE/BOOST CLOCK

Compared to Founders Edition we are looking at 50 MHz higher base clock and 60 MHz higher boost clock.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ARMOR OC Specifications
VideoCardz.comGeForce GTX 1080
Founders Edition
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
ARMOR OC
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Founders Edition
Fabrication Process16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
GPUGP104-400GP102-350GP102-350
CUDA Cores256035843584
TMUs160224224
ROPs648888
Base Clock1607 MHz1531 MHz1480 MHz
Boost Clock1733 MHz1645 MHz1584 MHz
Eff. Mem. Clock10008 MHz11008 MHz11008 MHz
Memory8GB GDDR5X11GB GDDR5X11GB GDDR5X
Memory Bus256-bit352-bit352-bit
Power Connector1x 8-pin2x 8-pin1x 6-pin, 1x 8-pin
TDP180W280W250W


Review Contents
Page 1 Overview MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ARMOR OC
Page 2 A closer look MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ARMOR OC
Page 3 Testing platform & methodology
Page 4 GAME Battlefield 1
Page 5 GAME Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Page 6 GAME The Division
Page 7 GAME Doom
Page 8 GAME HITMAN
Page 9 GAME Metro: Last Light
Page 10 GAME Rise of the Tomb Raider
Page 11 GAME Sniper Elite 4
Page 12 GAME The Witcher 3
Page 13 OVERCLOCKING MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ARMOR OC
Page 14 BENCHMARKS 3DMark Fire Strike ● Time Spy ● VRMark ● Unigine Superposition
Page 15 THERMAL EXAMINATION GPU Temperature ● FLIR Photos
Page 16 STABILITY Core Clock ● GPU Usage ● Memory Usage ● Power Consumption
Page 17 Conclusion




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