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Quiet, fast and hungry as needed: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G in review

No, kleckern is not their thing and MSI likes to put one more on it when the specifications of the standard or Reference models ("Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB in Test") do not appear pompous enough. Why not, as long as you have the consequences of the... The board at a glance MSI relies on a rather tidy multi-layer board with a somewhat unconventional design, which was probably also developed from a thermal point of view. How to use the GPU as a whole... Benchmarks in 2560 x 1440 pixels We have deliberately dispensed with Full HD (1920 x 1080p) as the card runs into the CPU limit even in the highest settings. In WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), on the other hand, the actual working environment and the MSI ... Benchmarks in 3840 x 2160 pixels The MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G is between 7 and 9 percent faster than a GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition or ge's game, depending on the game. TitanX (Pascal). Overall, many tite... When it is up to the power, we first need to know that the card with the factory settings at 290 watts has been set a limit. This Power Target is almost exploited in gaming and almost completely used in stress testing. The increase i... In fact achievable clock rates The actual achievable clock is subject to some influences. Even if GPU quality plays a bigger role here - unfortunately you can't influence it as the only one. And so in the end it is quite possible that ... Summary If the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is generally a fast card, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming 11G is all the more so. MSI has actually (almost) solved everything perfectly and delivered a fast yet quiet card that...

No, kleckern is not their thing and MSI likes to put one more on it when the specifications of the standard or Reference models ("Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB in Test") do not appear pompous enough. Why not, as long as we still have a good grip on the consequences of overeating? With a power target of over 330 watts and a massive cooler, you look pretty optimistic. And that's where we want to start in the test.

Since the actual performance of all board partner cards depends more on the actual boost clock achieved, and thus causally depends on the cooling, the power target and above all the quality of the respective chip, any test based only on benchmark bars is more of a Random snapshot of a single specimen. This is precisely why we have focused on the actual technical implementation of each model and have been able to document this very well with our equipment.

Unboxing, dimensions and connections

But back to the MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G. MSI was very early on with its own model and, as so often in recent times, does not rely on the highest possible clock rate ex works, although the maximum selectable power target of up to 330 watts (via software) is already a lot of wood. So it will be interesting to see how well the huge cooler might be. (or not). Conservative settings ex works and enough manual OC leeway for the (un)adult play children have never been an unwise decision.

Compared to the MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X (non-Ti), the card has become one thing in particular: heavier. Since we also had to notice cooling problems in the area of voltage converters and memory modules with the smaller card at the time, the conversion and further development of the cooler are now only logical.

With a combat weight of 1,253 kilos, moderate 27.9 mm real installation length (outer edge slot aperture to the end of the cover), a height of 13.5 cm (upper edge motherboard slot to top edge cover) and a mounting depth of 4.57 cm, the 2.5 slot card is a real thick ship, on the back, approx. 0.5 cm of space is required, which should be taken into account for large tower coolers.

The material mix of red-black plastic for the cover is a matter of view, but follows the design line of other and older cards very consistently. The top is characterized by the backlit MSI logo and a printed GeForce lettering, the two 8-pin power supply connectors sit 180° rotated at the top of the board.

The lower and top sides show the vertical slat orientation of the cooler and a particularly pleasing detail, because MSI has taken up the feedback and finally integrated a real VRM heat sink into the large radiator structure.

The end of the map shows and the three 6mm and an 8mm heatpipe for the right part of the radiator structure, but more on that later. With regard to the connection variety of the slot panel, MSI relies on two HDMI 2.0 ports, as well as two DisplayPort 1.4 jacks and a dual-link DVI-D connector in terms of VR glasses. However, only a maximum of four outputs can be used at a time.


The GPU-Z screenshot shows us the most important key data in advance, whereby the actual boost achieved with our model was significantly higher:

Finally, the whole thing again as a tabular comparison to the other relevant graphics card models:

Titan X
– (Pascal) Mr President, I would like to
GTX 1080 Ti FE
GTX 1080 Ti
Gaming X 11G
GTX 1080 FE
GTX 980 Ti
GP102 GP102 GP102 GP104 GM200
CUDA cores
3584 3584 3584 2560 2816
Base clock 1417 MHz 1480 MHz 1544 MHz 1607 MHz 1000 MHz
Boost clock
1531 MHz+ 1582 MHz+ 1658 MHz 1733 MHz+ 1076 MHz+
Memory Size & Type
12 GByte
11 GByte
11 GByte
8 GByte
6 GByte
The size
471 mm2 471 mm2 471 mm2 314 mm2 601 mm2
16 nm 16 nm 16 nm 16 nm 28 nm
12 billion 12 billion 12 billion 7.2 billion 8 billion
Streaming Multiprocessors (SM)
28 28 28 20 22
GFLOPS (basic clock)
10.157 10.609 11.068 8.228 5.632
Texture Units
224 224 224 160 176
Texture fill rate
317.4 GT/s 331.5 GT/s 345.9 GT/s 257.1 GT/s 214 GT/s
96 88 88 64 96
Pixel fill rate
136 GPix/s 130.24 GPix/s 135.9 GPix/s 114.2 GPix/s 116.7 GPix/s
Storage data rate
10 Gbps 11 Gbps 11 Gbps 10 Gbps 7 Gbps
Storage bus
384 bits 352 bits 352 bits 256 bits 384 bits
Memory bandwidth
480 GByte/s 484 GByte/s 484 GByte/s 320 GByte/s 336 GByte/s
L2 cache
3 MByte 2816 KByte 2816 KByte 2 MByte 3 MByte
250 watts 250 watts 330 watts 180 watts 250 watts

Test system and measurement methods

The new test system and the methodology have already been described in great detail in the basic article "How We Test Graphics Cards" (English: "How We Test Graphics Cards") and therefore, for the sake of simplicity, we now only refer to this detailed Description. So if you want to read everything again, you are welcome to do so. However, we have improved CPU and cooling once again in order to largely exclude possible CPU bottle necks for this fast card.

If you are interested, the summary in table form quickly provides a brief overview:

Test systems and measuring rooms
Intel Core i7-6900K -4.3GHz
MSI X99S XPower Gaming Titanium
Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200
1x 1 TByte Toshiba OCZ RD400 (M.2, System SSD)
2x 960 GByte Toshiba OCZ TR150 (Storage, Images)
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11, 850-watt power supply
Windows 10 Pro (all updates)
Alphacool Ice Block XPX
Alphacool Ice Age 2000 Chiller
2x Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM (Closed Case Simulation)
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (for cooler change)
Lian Li PC-T70 with expansion kit and modifications
Modes: Open Benchtable, Closed Case
Power consumption:
non-contact DC measurement on the PCIe slot (Riser-Card)
non-contact DC measurement on the external PCIe power supply
Direct voltage measurement on the respective feeders and on the power supply
2x Rohde & Schwarz HMO 3054, 500 MHz multi-channel oscillograph with memory function
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZO50, current togor adapter (1 mA to 30 A, 100 KHz, DC)
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZ355, touch divider (10:1, 500 MHz)
1x Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012, digital multimeter with storage function
Optris PI640, infrared camera
PI Connect evaluation software with profiles
NTI Audio M2211 (with calibration file)
Steinberg UR12 (with phantom power for the microphones)
Creative X7, Smaart v.7
own low-reflection measuring room, 3.5 x 1.8 x 2.2 m (LxTxH)
Axial measurements, perpendicular to the center of the sound source(s), measuring distance 50 cm
Noise in dBA (Slow) as RTA measurement
Frequency spectrum as a graph

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