MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X Review

Published: Apr 6th 2017, 19:31 GMT


Due to the nature of this model (high factory clock), a further gain of performance is not easily achievable. This, however, did not stop us from adding extra 100 MHz on the core and 500 MHz on the memory. Of course, such configuration requires custom fan profile. With such settings, we are observing stable clock speeds above 2.0 GHz with fluctuations between 2050 and 2025 MHz.

By far the biggest setback from reaching higher frequencies is the TDP limit. Upon further testing, we noticed that card is constantly reaching power limit and keeps downclocking, which makes stable overclock impossible without applying custom voltage curve. So in other words, either the frequency is too high or TDP limit is too low.

You can gain few extra MHz by using BETA version of MSI Afterburner (4.4.0), which enables voltage control (the actual gain on our sample is somewhere around 13 MHz, with the clock at 2075-2063 MHz). However the purpose of this review is to give you the most realistic results, so we are sticking to the more stable configuration with Afterburner 4.3.0:

Reference :1480 MHz1584 MHz~11008 MHz
Silent Mode :1480 MHz1594 MHz1860 MHz11016 MHz
Gaming Mode :1544 MHz1658 MHz1924 MHz11016 MHz
OC Mode :1569 MHz1683 MHz1936 MHz11120 MHz
Manual Overclocking :1654 MHz1768 MHz2050 MHz12110 MHz
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