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.

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Clock Speed Consistency

Before we begin overclocking we first need to find out where we are starting from in terms of real-time in-game GPU clock frequency. To find this out we need to play a game for about 20 minutes and record the GPU frequency over a long period of time like this. We used BF4 and have done just this in the default mode of the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G video card.

Remember, the base clock of this card is 1683MHz so we have set our red line to this frequency on the graph. The boost clock is 1823MHz for this video card so that is where we set our green line. Now whatever the clock speed ends up being we can compare it with those two values.


Clock Speed

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As you can see from the graph the clock frequency starts out at 1949MHz, but it quickly drops and sustains 1923MHz most of the time. There are some quick drops to 1860MHz, but these were quick short drops, not sustained drops. Most likely these were causes by quick scene changes in the game, like dying and respawning. Short quick loads like that can drop the frequency slightly very shortly. What’s important here is that the sustained average clock speed most of the time is 1923MHz from start to finish. Therefore, 1923MHz is our starting place to overclock from.

Temperature

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The temperature also seems to be very good on this video card. Twin Frozr VI is doing a great job, temperatures never went over 71c max and averaged under 70c around 68c average. These are very good temperatures and so temperature is not a factor in hampering the boost clock from its full potential.