MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus Video Card Review

Specifications and Features

The Pascal Architecture

Here is a die shot of the GP104 GPU

Pascal is designed to offer the highest performance for deep learning and other compute performance. Pascal is Nvidia’s successor to their 28 NM Maxwell Architecture. The Pascal microarchitecture uses the 16 nanometer FinFET manufacturing process from TSMC, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. With 150 billion transistors, Pascal is the world’s largest FinFET Chip ever built. Delivering over 5 Teraflops of double precision performance, Pascal is also the most powerful architecture ever inside of a GPU.


Graphics Processing Unit

  • NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1080


  • PCI Express x16 3.0

Boost / Base Core Clock

  • 1847 MHz / 1708 MHz (OC Mode)
  • 1822 MHz / 1683 MHz (Gaming Mode)
  • 1733 MHz / 1607 MHz (Silent Mode)

Memory Size (MB)

  • 8192

Memory Type

  • GDDR5X

Memory Interface

  • 256-bit

Memory Clock Speed (MHz)

  • 11000 MHz


  • DisplayPort x 3 (Version 1.4)
  • HDMI (Version 2.0)
  • DL-DVI-D

Virtual Reality Ready

  • Yes

Digital Maximum Resolution

  • 7680 x 4320

Maximum Displays

  • 4

HDCP Support

  • 2.2

DirectX Version Support

  • 12

OpenGL Version Support

  • 4.5

Multi-GPU Technology

  • SLI, 2-Way

Card Dimension(mm)

  • 279 x 140 x 42 mm

Card Weight (g)

  • 1100

Power consumption (W)

  • 180

Recommended PSU (W)

  • 500

Power Connectors

  • 6-pin x 1
  •  8-pin x 1



The TORX 2.0 Fans are designed to generate 22% more air pressure. This is achieved by its dual blade design. The Dispersion Fan Blade has a steeper curved blade which accelerates the airflow, increasing its effectiveness, and the Traditional Fan Blade pushes down the air to the massive heatsink that makes up the Twin Frozr Cooler.


Double Ball Bearings give the unique MSI TORX 2.0 Fans a strong and lasting core for years of smooth gaming. They also remain virtually silent while spinning under load, keeping your graphics card cool during intense and lengthy gaming sessions

ZERO FROZR Technology

First introduced in 2008 by MSI, Zero Frozr technology has made its mark and is now the industry standard among graphics cards. It eliminates fan noise by stopping the fans in low-load situations. This means you can focus on gaming without the noise of spinning fans.

RGB Lighting

Each LED can be controlled individually by choosing any of the animation effects available in the MSI Gaming App, ranging from responding to your game sounds or music to steady light, breathing and flashing. Of course, you can also turn them off.


A powerful graphics card needs a strong build to harness its performance. MSI GAMING X graphics cards are fitted with a solid metal back plate to make it extra tough. The matte black finish completes the TWIN FROZR VI design to perfection.


To get the best VR experience, you need your PC to deliver maximum performance. The MSI Gaming App gets your PC primed for VR use in just a single click by setting all key components to high performance settings and making sure other software applications do not impact your VR adventure.


The MSI Gaming App allows for one-click performance profiles that unlock extra performance for gaming or keep your card silent during light use. It also features the EyeRest tab, giving you easy access to image quality improving technology. The LED control tab gives you full control over your MSI GAMING LED lights to set the mood.

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