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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G

The Twin Frozr VI cooler on the MSI card runs quite cool and quiet.

MSI’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G is a familiar sight. Its Twin Frozr VI cooler shares the same aesthetic as its predecessors, and there are few surprises here.

Still, there’s a lot to like about the card. For one, at 290mm long and 51mm thick, it’s the slimmest and one of the shortest cards we’re reviewing here, so it’s considerably easier to handle. That said, you’ll still need a 2.5-slot allowance to install this, so be sure to make sure you’ve space for it.

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 find a balance between high airflow and static pressure.

But what’s really great about the card 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, so you’re not sacrificing much cooling performance for a quieter experience.

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.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G

Compared to the reference design, one of the DisplayPort connectors has been replaced with an HDMI port on the MSI model.

When it comes to cooling, you’ll find a dedicated VRM heatsink that sits directly on top of the PCB to provide cooling for the memory modules. A nickel-plated copper base plate is in direct contact with the GPU, and it wicks heat away to the main heatsink.

In addition, a secondary metal plate can be found to one side of the main heatsink (which is actually comprised of two separate fin stacks) and these make contact with the chokes and other circuitry to further assist with cooling. In the picture below, you can see part of this metal plate and how it extends around to the display bracket. 

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G

The MSI logo can be customized with various lighting effects.

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, and it’s the quality of the implementation that matters more when it comes to overclocking. The card also comes with two 8-pin connectors for power, which is pretty par for the course at this point.

The card also comes with a metal backplate for added structural support, but unlike what we saw on the Aorus card, the backplate hasn't been co-opted into the card's cooling solution at all. 

However, this is also one of the lower clocked cards, even in OC Mode. Its 1,569MHz base clock 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.

This is one of the more affordable cards in this shootout at S$1,279, and while it doesn't come with fancy features such as extra display connectors, fan headers, or even an LCD panel, it's still a very well-rounded offering for those of you who don't need the additional features.