Friday, March 24th 2017

MSI Lifts the Lid on Their GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X Graphics Card

MSI's top of the line take on the GTX 1080 Ti - The GAMING X - has just been detailed by the company, building upon the previously-released teasers. The GAMING X features MSI's two-and-a-half slot TWIN FROZR VI dual-fan cooling solution with Torx 2.0 fans, which have the ability to completely turn off in low-load scenarios through their Zero Frozr feature. The card comes with a custom PCB, equipped with dual 8-pin power connectors and 8+2 phase design.
The GAMING X comes with three different overclocking profiles: an OC Mode, with 1569 MHz Base, 1683 MHz Boost, and 11124 MHz memory clocks; a Gaming Mode, which brings these down to 1544 MHz,1657 MHz, and 11016 MHz respectively; and a Silent Mode, which brings these even lower towards 1480 MHz Base, 1582 MHz Boost, and 11000 MHz memory. So between the highest-performance and lowest-noise modes there is a delta of 89 MHz Base, 101 MHz Boost, and 124 MHz Memory clocks. MSI will also sell a non-X version of its GAMING GTX 1080 Ti, which will come with necessarily lower clocks.
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X features:

The Ultimate GAMING: TWIN FROZR VI
  • Smooth Heat Pipes: Squared shape at bottom maximize heat transfer from the copper base plate.
  • Zero Frozr: Stopping the fan in low-load situations, keeping a noise-free environment.
  • Airflow Control: Technology Deflectors thrusts air onto heat pipes for lower temperatures and better gaming.
TORX FAN 2.0: Supremely silent
  • Dispersion fan blade: Steeper curved blade accelerating the airflow.
  • Traditional fan blade: Provides steady airflow to massive heat sink below.
  • Double ball bearing: Strong and lasting core for years of smooth gaming.Gaming App
Gaming App
  • Instant Performance Gain: Unlock extra
  • Instant Performance Gain: Unlock extra performance or keep your card silent
  • during light use in one click.
  • LED control: Full control on your RGB GAMING LEDs to set the mood.
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12 Comments on MSI Lifts the Lid on Their GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X Graphics Card

#1
Aenra
/initiate random

If one had a GPU stand/bracket/support thing, would it make sense to remove the backplate from such heavy GPUs?
My impression is that their sole purpose is to supposedly reduce the sagging, right?

/terminate random
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#2
RazrLeaf
The box art shows a heat sink with a horizontal fin array. The card itself has a heat sink with a vertical fin array. :roll:
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#3
jabbadap
Glad to see msi using proper vrm cooling.
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#4
EarthDog
Gaming Z is usually their top of the line gaming card, no?
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#5
owen10578
RazrLeaf, post: 3625930, member: 150702"
The box art shows a heat sink with a horizontal fin array. The card itself has a heat sink with a vertical fin array. :roll:
Which box are you looking at because the box pictured here you can't even see the fins

Edit: After looking from my PC and not through the app on my phone I can now see what you mean lol
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#6
0x4452
RazrLeaf, post: 3625930, member: 150702"
The box art shows a heat sink with a horizontal fin array. The card itself has a heat sink with a vertical fin array. :roll:
They used the 1080 box and put in a Ti on the text. :D
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#7
0x4452
The card looks amazing. Things I usually look/care for are:

* Heatsink mounted on more than 4 screws around the GPU to prevent sag.
* VRM makes contact with heatsink.
* Clean PCB with good component layout.

So this one easily passes. The massive heatsink with large diameter fans are only a great plus. I wish though they turned the fins towards the bracket 90 degrees so it at least expels some heat out the case.
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#8
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Aenra, post: 3625898, member: 169274"
/initiate random

If one had a GPU stand/bracket/support thing, would it make sense to remove the backplate from such heavy GPUs?
My impression is that their sole purpose is to supposedly reduce the sagging, right?

/terminate random
The #1 reason is to help support the PCB against sagging, yes.
#2: Protection from things falling onto back of PCB (could be bad).
#3: Depending on the card and manufacturer, and the design of the backplate, a backplate may assist in cooling. There are some cards that it assists in cooling VRM's. Not this card though. It's equally possible that a poorly thought out backplate could hurt cooling.

All things being said, the benefits outweigh the negatives.
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#9
Caring1
Aenra, post: 3625898, member: 169274"
/initiate random

If one had a GPU stand/bracket/support thing, would it make sense to remove the backplate from such heavy GPUs?
My impression is that their sole purpose is to supposedly reduce the sagging, right?

/terminate random
If you have the card mounted vertically and have adequate airflow over both sides, as in an iTx set up, or possibly with a Pci-e riser, the back plate would not be needed.
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#10
Aenra
Thank you both and apologies for the belated reply, forgot to browse logged in the last time, lol

(Good point regarding the cooling, next time i blow the PC, i'll take the card apart again, see what/how my backplate attaches itself to. Just a few months past and i've already forgotten, lol..)
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#12
EarthDog
Blow the PC? :confused::laugh:

Interesting word choice.. :p
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