MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X Review

Published: Apr 6th 2017, 19:31 GMT

Time to take graphics card apart. To detach the cooler you need to remove 4 spring screws, which are directly connected to the GPU plate (as shown below). Bear in mind, there are three cable headers on the card, some are hard to unplug.

Thermal compound quality

I think MSI may be applying little too much compound, it’s hard to clean the GPU and it could affect thermal characteristics of the GPU.

The board

Unlike GTX 1080 GAMING X, the baseplate of 1080 TI GAMING X ends right before power section. The predecessor had an additional plate for VRM section. The GTX 1080 Ti goes a bit further but connecting VRM section directly to the heatsink with thermal pads.

MSI’s board has 8+2 phase design:

There are in total 16 voltage converters.

The cooler is attached to the shroud by four screws hidden under the fans.


  • WIDTH: 29.0 cm
  • LENGTH: 14.0 cm
  • HEIGHT: 2.5-slot (51 mm)
  • WEIGHT: 1.26 kg


  • Dual-fan Twin Frozr VI cooler with TORX 2.0 fans.



  • 2x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 2x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x DVI-D DL



  • 8+2 Phase power design
  • 2x 8-Pin power connector


  • PCI-Express 3.0 x16


  • Micron 6ZA77D9VRL


Card is bundled with quick start guide, comic ‘Dragon Lucky’ manual, CD with drivers and 6-pin to 8-pin power adapter.

Review Contents
Page 1Overview MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X
Page 2A closer look MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X
Page 3Testing platform & methodology
Page 4Overclocking MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X
Page 5STABILITY GPU Temperature ● Core Clock ● GPU Usage ● Memory Usage
Page 6Benchmarks 3DMark ● VRMark ● Unigine
Page 7DirectX 12 Battlefield 1
Page 8DirectX 12 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Page 9DirectX 12 The Division
Page 10Vulkan Doom
Page 11DirectX 11 Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Page 12DirectX 12 HITMAN
Page 13DirectX 11 Metro: Last Light
Page 14DirectX 11 Rainbow Six: Siege
Page 15DirectX 12 Rise of the Tomb Raider
Page 16DirectX 12 Sniper Elite 4
Page 17DirectX 12 Total War: Warhammer
Page 18DirectX 11 The Witcher 3
Page 19Conclusion