MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X Review

Published: Apr 6th 2017, 19:31 GMT

GPU temperature and noise

Let’s look at some pictures. First up, the comparison between GPU in an idle state and under load. The backplate is quite hot regardless of the current use. Most heat escapes through the shark-fin shaped holes.

0 dB  / 51 C 41 dB / 68 C 

I promised we will take a closer look at Zero Frozr technology. Here you can see the EVGA SuperNova 850 G2 mounted right under the card is actually hotter than the card itself when Zero Frozr is off (in other words when fans are always in use). Otherwise, the heatsink takes most of the heat and it tries to dissipate it into the air inside the case. If you are using an open case like me, it shouldn’t really matter if the technology is enabled or not, but in a normal case that heat will have to go somewhere, so it’s crucial to provide a proper air flow.

51 C 31 C 

MSI GAMING APP profiles and how they affect graphics card

As you might remember from our previous reviews, there’s not much of a difference between OC and Gaming modes on MSI Gaming cards. In most cases, the results will be almost identical, because 10 MHz difference is just too small to make an impact.

The following charts will give you a visual comparison between all three modes and our overclocking profile (white). Our aggressive (but still reasonable) fan profile is not very audible, yet it gave us 10C lower temperature.

The following chart shows the same data as above, except it also includes a 5-minute cool down. At 610 second mark, the temperature is no longer dropping for default profiles, because Zero Frozr technology kicks in and fans are no longer spinning, which results in a temperature rise. On the other hand, our custom fan profile keeps GPU much cooler, till it reaches 30C.

If we are looking at actual performance gain, it’s important to remember that GPU temperature and power limit both gradually adjust how your card is operating under use. Usually, after few minutes, we can finally see a stable clock, which in our example was 2029 MHz for manual overclocking.

GPU Power Usage

If those graphs were showing straight lines, we would be observing a stable clock speed across all profiles. Unfortunately, all profiles suffer from power limit. We encountered the same problem with TDP at 117% when sample was manually overclocked (white plot):

GPU clock stability

I gathered several games (all using Ultra or Very High settings at 4K) to show you actual core clock when gaming:

Memory Usage

It’s really hard to utilize more than 10 GB with any GPU:

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