MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ARMOR Review

Published: May 4th, 2017 | 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.com GeForce GTX 1080
Founders Edition
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
ARMOR OC
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Founders Edition
Fabrication Process 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
GPU GP104-400 GP102-350 GP102-350
CUDA Cores 2560 3584 3584
TMUs 160 224 224
ROPs 64 88 88
Base Clock 1607 MHz 1531 MHz 1480 MHz
Boost Clock 1733 MHz 1645 MHz 1584 MHz
Eff. Mem. Clock 10008 MHz 11008 MHz 11008 MHz
Memory 8GB GDDR5X 11GB GDDR5X 11GB GDDR5X
Memory Bus 256-bit 352-bit 352-bit
Power Connector 1x 8-pin 2x 8-pin 1x 6-pin, 1x 8-pin
TDP 180W 280W 250W





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