Ten screws hold the backplate to the card, the backplate is used to help cool the GPU die and the memory areas of the board.
The entire backplate is covered in a plastic film to prevent shorts except where MSI has placed thermal pads.
The back of the card itself really doesn’t have anything significant on it, only minor surface mount components.
The main heatsink is held in place by four spring-loaded screws around the GPU die. Two thermal pads on the VMR power chokes and filter capacitors help move a little heat directly into the rear fin assembly.
The heatsink assembly uses five heat pipes that are in direct contact with the GPU die itself. The memory is cooled here too by heat pads.
Under the main heatsink is MSI’s Close Quarters cooling frame. This provides enhanced rigidity to the card as well as picking up heat from the VRM systems and moving it to the heatsink.
The heatsink makes contact with the main and memory VRM’s as well as some other additional components scattered around the card.
Power is provided by 8+6 connectors and is fed into a 6-phase VRM. There is space for 2 more power phases so MSI likely uses this same PCB on one of it’s higher end cards.
With the PCB now pretty much bare, we can get a good overall look at MSI’s custom PCB which is significantly taller than the reference design.
MSI uses the TU106-400-A1 die on the armor. It is not the Nvidia binned 400A version, but we still got decent overclocks out of it. Eight 1GB GDRR6 IC’s made by Micron surround the die and provide the 8GB of memory.
Can’t lie here, we love the MSI Dragon covers on the power chokes. It’s small, and not that many people will ever see it, but it’s the little things in life sometimes.