MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G Video Card Review

MSI’s GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G video card ushers in a new line of GAMING video cards from MSI with customized PCB, Twin Froz VI cooling, and enthusiast overclocking potential. We’ll see how it performs out-of-box compared to a Founders Edition and then find out how well this video card overclocks.



We tested the power utilization at the wall of the entire system. For full load game testing we used real gaming. The power supply is a Corsair CX850M.

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In its default configuration the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G installed pulled about 324W total system power while gaming. If we compare this to the recent GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming video card this is just a little bit less total power utilization. The same goes for overclocked power, the MSI overclocked video card hit 347W just slightly under the GIGABYTE. This makes sense since the GPU voltages are the same, but the clock speed is just slightly lower on the MSI video card in both cases.

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The GPUz screenshot above is the maximum values represented in GPUz after playing a game on the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X at its default "Gaming" factory overclock mode. You will note the maximum temperature hit 71c with an automatic fan speed of 51%. The GPU voltage is 1.0620V default.

If we compare this again to the default configuration of the GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming you will find the GIGABYTE video card maintains a cooler GPU temperature of 64c running higher out-of-box factory overclocks at the same voltage.

In terms of fan noise, the new Twin Frozr VI cooling system is definitely quiet while gaming. Even when we manually turned up the fan to 75%, similar to the GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, we did not hear it much at all. The fan noise with the RPMs turned up wasn’t as bad as we were used to in the past. It sure seems as if MSI has indeed lowered the sound profile of the fans from the previous generations. We didn’t feel the fans really got noticeably audible till around 85-90%. At 100% they still aren’t as loud as you’d expect really. Good job on Twin Frozr VI.