MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X
Is GeForce GTX 1080 Ti currently the most powerful card? Should MSI GAMING X be your card of choice? Let’s find out.
I’ve been waiting for this review for a long time. The “Big Chip” from the NVIDIA’s most power efficient architecture is finally available under GeForce brand. The launch of TITAN X eight months ago was a bizarre move from NVIDIA, but it gave early adopters exclusive access to the same processor we are reviewing today, but much much sooner. It’s no secret that both cards offer similar performance, as they share the same CUDA core count, which is the most important aspect when considering GPU performance. The only important difference between the two is memory configuration.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti features 11GB of GDDR5X memory across 352-bit memory bus. The lack of 1GB VRAM and a narrower bus was only dictated by one reason: to differentiate GTX 1080 Ti from TITAN X. This unusual memory configuration also affected raster engine count (ROP), which dropped to 88 from 96.
MSI GAMING X is exactly what you expected in terms of design. It looks quite the same as other Twin Frozr VI-based models, except it’s thicker and occupies two and half slots on a motherboard. We already had a taste of such a bulky Twin Frozr cooler when MSI introduced Radeon R9 390 GAMING series.
The MSI GAMING X has two types of blades on its TORX 2.0 fans. The dispersion plate is steeper curved, which in theory should accelerate the airflow right towards the heat sink.
The backplate has no other purpose than to reinforce the back of the card and serve as an aesthetic element.
Near the SLI-fingers we can see how baseplate is attached to the card. It’s screwed to I/O bracket and a backplate. This part is essential for GAMING X cooling efficiency, as it’s directly attached to memory modules with thermal pads.
MSI GTX 1080 TI GAMING X has two 8-pin power connectors. Note that they are upside down, which means you can’t use gadgets like EVGA Powerlink.
This is where the most of the heat escapes from the cooler.
A visual comparison between GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X, GTX 1080 GAMING X and GTX 1080 TI GAMING X:
MSI GTX 1080 TI GAMING X has two LED illuminated elements: the ‘fin’s on the shroud can only light in red, but the MSI logo on the side has full RGB support. GeForce GTX logo is not LED illuminated.
|AT A GLANCE|
11GB GD5X 352b
1544 / 1657 MHz
The GTX 1080 TI features Pascal GP102-350 graphics processor. This variant does not have all CUDA cores enabled.
|MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X Specifications|
|VideoCardz.com||GTX 1080 Ti FE||MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X||TITAN X||TITAN Xp|
|Fabrication Process||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET||16nm FinFET|
|Base Clock||1480 MHz||1480 MHz||1544 MHz||1569 MHz||1417 MHz||?|
|Boost Clock||1584 MHz||1549 MHz||1658 MHz||1683 MHz||1531 MHz||1582 MHz|
|Eff. Mem. Clock||11008 MHz||11016 MHz||11016 MHz||12110 MHz||10008 MHz||11400 MHz|
|Memory||11GB GDDR5X||11GB GDDR5X||12GB GDDR5X||12 GDDR5X|
|Power Connector||1x 6-pin, 1x 8-pin||2x 8-pin||1x 6-pin, 1x 8-pin||1x 6-pin, 1x 8-pin|
GPU Boost 3.0 allows much higher frequencies to be achieved than listed above. It’s hard to pinpoint what frequency should you expect in a real-world scenario (like games), but NVIDIA Inspector has something that should at least give you an indication of what to expect: 1924 MHz, which to be honest is quite accurate for Gaming Mode:
MSI Gaming APP features
The companion tool called GAMING APP is here to give you control over your card. Here you can choose the light animation, colors (for MSI logo), on-screen display support, eye-rest function and my personal favorite: Zero Frozr function. What’s Zero Frozr? This feature will turn the fans off when the card is not under heavy use, making it noiseless. But let me be clear, this feature is not for everyone. If you prefer better temperatures I suggest you turn it off. I will provide a thermal comparison with this function enabled and disabled to give you some idea how it affects the temperature of the card.
Silent / Gaming / OC Modes:
|Page 1||Overview MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X|
|Page 2||A closer look MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X|
|Page 3||Testing platform & methodology|
|Page 4||Overclocking MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X|
|Page 5||STABILITY GPU Temperature ● Core Clock ● GPU Usage ● Memory Usage|
|Page 6||Benchmarks 3DMark ● VRMark ● Unigine|
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