MSI GTX1080 Gaming X Review

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MSI GTX 1080 Gaming Review

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It takes a particularly eagle-eyed nerd to spot the external differences between the Twin Frozr V and the new Twin Frozr VI. We still have two heavily-bladed fans. Still have the red streaks around the inward one. However, the red fan has got grooves cut in to help the air flow in SLI scenarios. Something which might be worth testing in the future. No spoilers, but perhaps come back on Monday...

The backplate has a matte finish with a gloss MSI Dragon, looking more and more like a Chinese Dragon as time passes. We like it.

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The Twin Frozr VI isn't quite as slender as the Strix cooler, but still has plenty of room for two of the cards to breathe, should a single GTX 1080 not prove quite enough graphical horsepower.

As you can see from our image at the top of the page, the red slashes light up on the MSI Gaming. They light up red. Which kinda makes the claim that the card supports RGB fairly pointless, as it's only the MSI logo you can adjust.

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The GTX 1080 Gaming utilises the 6+8 PCIe power input that we also saw on the Strix. Perhaps that's the way that the partner cards are going to run, or perhaps the nVidia Founders Edition was closer on power draw than it first appeared. A little headroom is always good.

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Once the cooler is removed you can see how much attention to detail has gone on with the design of the Twin Frozr VI cooler. There are large brackets bracing the PCB and spreading the heat from both the RAM and power phases of the GTX 1080 Gaming.

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The underside of the card is extremely sturdily built. The bracket which cools the memory is both robust and screwed to the card to keep it rigidly in place.

Of interest for a future review or possible variant of the GTX 1080 is this power header found behind the two PCIe power inputs. On the Gaming it's not attached to anything. It wouldn't be there without a reason though. Anyone for a Lightning?

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Most Recent Comments

09-06-2016, 09:53:02

Kushiro
Those heatpipes...Quote

09-06-2016, 09:57:14

RickPlaysWarr
Nice Video Tom. I think I like this one better than the Strix which is a bit to long for my Caselabs X2M Case

BTW: On page three of the Review, I think the boilerplate for test rig needs to be changed to your current test rig.

Thanks again for another great review

--Rick--Quote

09-06-2016, 15:17:12

mihapiha
Hi Tom,

I bought myself the EVGA GTX 1080 Founders Edition because I installed a EK-waterblock and EK backplate on it. While the waterblock is working fantastically, with load temperatures of 41°C max and idle under 30°C, I find it impossible to get with my card and my system (4930k @ 4.5 GHz, DDR3-2333 MHz) anywhere near to the results you had in Unigine of either the Asus Strix or this MSI Gaming. Unfortunately I lack some of the other software to compare more results.

I'm a bit surprised, because I focused on the overclocking and got my card to 2125 MHz stable, and 1338 MHz on the memory.

While the 2125 MHz is the max stable clock, my card is still over the 2000 MHz mark as most games confirm. Unfortunately it seems to be a bit under the 2000 MHz mark in Unigine Valley 1.0 most of the time. However, this is still beyond the frequencies of the Strix and the MSI Gaming.

I managed to get on 4k 62.1 FPS (no AA) and 32.9 FPS (x8 MSAA) average, which is substantially slower than the 71 FPS that the Strix and MSI Gaming produced. This puts the Strix and the MSI Gaming ahead of my setup by 13 and 6% respectively. I find it hard to imagine that the CPU or something else is causing this, especially at 4k.

In 3DMark FireStrike Ultra, my water cooled card is performing like it should and is slightly ahead of the Strix and the MSI Gaming, but I can't figure out why in Unigine Valley it underperforms this much...

Any ideas?

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The review is brilliant as always Quote

09-06-2016, 21:15:17

Excalabur50
Yet another top review, I just wish MSI would do a carbon edition with no red accents and a bit of led so it's tasteful instead of tackyQuote

09-06-2016, 21:55:28

King of Old Old School
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Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
Yet another top review, I just wish MSI would do a carbon edition with no red accents and a bit of led so it's tasteful instead of tacky
MSI aka tacky design i don't even like the carbon that they have done to me that even looks tacky.Quote
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