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Review: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X

by Parm Mann on 4 May 2017, 16:15

Tags: MSI, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Conclusion

Priced at £760 and outfitted with a tried-and-trusted Twin Frozr VI cooler, the Gaming X is well built, looks the part and comes factory overclocked with room to spare.

Custom coolers and factory overclocks have ensured that the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is not to be overshadowed by the all-singing, all-dancing Titan Xp.

Nvidia's second-tier GPU still holds plenty of sway with enthusiast gamers and is available in a wide range of flavours from all the usual suspects. MSI joins the party with no fewer than 10 models, with the pick of the air-cooled bunch being the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X.

Priced at £760 and outfitted with a tried-and-trusted Twin Frozr VI cooler, the Gaming X is well built, looks the part and comes factory overclocked with room to spare. It's a shame the massive framebuffer isn't overclocked by default, and if we're nitpicking, the card's enlarged dimensions have spilled into a third slot. But these are minor niggles in what's effectively a quality interpretation of an ultra-high-end GPU.

Bottom line: settled on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti as your GPU of choice? MSI's Gaming X variant should definitely be on your shortlist.

The Good
 
The Bad
Ideal for a high-res G-Sync display
Cooler, quieter and faster than reference
Ample overclocking headroom
Massive framebuffer
Looks fantastic
 
Pricey for a second-rung GPU



MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X

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you cant go wrong with msi cards, if I had the money to waste on a 1080ti this would be it
The price for top end is insane these days, however this is a nice card indeed!
The comments were kinda weird. For instance, Deus Ex is by no means a good benchmark to measure how this will perform in other games - a lot of the ultra settings make practically no difference, yet add 5fps+ PER SETTING, at 4K, it's ridiculous.

And under Hitman, even though the card is pulling 80fps+, you say how it might be better suited for a 2K/144hz panel
They need to drop this fixed red plastic shroud colouring, in the age of RGB lighting they should just go for an all black aesthetic and let their customers choose a colour to match their builds.

..I have a windowed case and I don't want to see a red & black theme ruining my gun metal grey case and colour matched Mobo, RAM & cables.

..It's the main reason why I wouldn't consider this card.

Sorry but in 2017 the red & black theme is a cliché.
Remove the shroud, apply spray paint?