MSI GEFORCE GTX 1080 TI GAM­ING X 11G

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MSI’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gam­ing X 11G is a fa­mil­iar sight with a sim­i­lar Twin Frozr VI cooler shar­ing the same aes­thetic as its pre­de­ces­sors.

Still, there’s a lot to like. For one, it’s the slimmest, and one of the short­est cards here, so it’s con­sid­er­ably eas­ier to han­dle. That said, you’ll still need a 2.5-slot al­lowance to in­stall this.

The card owes its more man­age­able di­men­sions to MSI’s dual fan de­sign. The cooler fea­tures two large 100mm Torx 2.0 fans, which use a mix of steep and more gently curv­ing blades to nd a bal­ance be­tween high air­flow and static pres­sure.

But what’s re­ally great is how silent it is. Even at max­i­mum speeds, the fans were still far qui­eter than the com­pe­ti­tion, while only post­ing slightly higher tem­per­a­tures in the range of a few de­grees.

The dis­play out­puts have been tweaked here as well, and you get two HDMI ports to ac­com­mo­date a VR head­set and HDMI mon­i­tor at the same time. When it comes to cool­ing, you’ll nd a ded­i­cated VRM heatsink that sits di­rectly on top of the PCB. A nickel-plated cop­per base plate is in di­rect con­tact with the GPU, wick­ing heat away to the main heatsink. A sec­ondary metal plate can be found to one side of the heatsink, and these make con­tact with the chokes and other cir­cuitry to fur­ther as­sist with cool­ing.

When it comes to the VRM cir­cuitry, MSI hasn’t both­ered with phase dou­blers, opt­ing in­stead for eight real phases for the GPU and two for the mem­ory sys­tem. That said, we should stress that the num­ber of phases doesn’t mean much; it’s the qual­ity of the im­ple­men­ta­tion that mat­ters when it comes to over­clock­ing.

How­ever, this is also one of the lower clocked cards, even in OC Mode. Its 1,569MHz puts it in the same com­pany as the GALAX card, but you’ll need to down­load the MSI Gam­ing App to get the ex­tra boost as the card runs in the lower clocked Gam­ing Mode by de­fault.

The back­plate pro­vides struc­tural sup­port but has no role in cool­ing.

This is one of the slim­mer GeForce GTX 1080 Ti around.

The Torx 2.0 fans are su­per silent.

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