MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G GPU Review: Page 5 of 10

Posted by Damon Bailey on Friday, October 26, 2018 - 8:00am

Teardown

 

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

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.

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

The entire backplate is covered in a plastic film to prevent shorts except where MSI has placed thermal pads.

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

The back of the card itself really doesn’t have anything significant on it, only minor surface mount components.

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

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.

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

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.

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

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.

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

The heatsink makes contact with the main and memory VRM’s as well as some other additional components scattered around the card.

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

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.

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

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 GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

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.

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G

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.

 

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