The GeForce GTX 1080 high-end graphics card with Pascal architecture is a milestone in NVIDIA's graphics card history. Manufactured using the 16 nm FinFET process, the GP104 graphics chip of the GTX 1080 is a big step forward. The "Pascal" GPU architecture has many improvements over its predecessor "Maxwell". The GTX 1080 is the first to use the new GDDR5X video RAM. The GTX 1080 is the absolute must-have for gamers and enthusiasts!
The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G has a basic clock rate of 1.683 MHz in "Gaming Mode". With GPU-Boost 3.0 this can be raised to a boost clock of 1.822 MHz if required. The memory clock (in OC mode) is 5.054 MHz (effective 10.108 MHz). The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G can switch to "OC" mode via the MSI gaming app. The OC mode increases the basic clock to 1.708 MHz and the boost clock to 1.847 MHz. As a third mode, a silent mode is available for selection.
For NVIDIA's GPU Boost 3.0 to be fully functional, it's important that the card's electronics remain as cool as possible, so MSI relies on a sprout of the popular, because very quiet and effective Twin Frozr coolers. In the now semi-passive Twin Frozr VI, the rotor blades of the two 10 cm Torx fans have been reworked, the fresh air blown through large aluminium heat sinks and several nickel-plated heat pipes and even stopped rotating completely below a certain load level, which is why the cooler design then operates absolutely silently.
The black-red GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G from MSI has an LED-lit MSI logo. RGB LED lighting can be set via the MSI Gaming app. The black backplate gives the GTX 1080 additional stability and is decorated with a black-stylized MSI gaming kite.
The GTX 1080's 8GB of GDDR5X video memory is connected to the GPU via a 256-bit memory interface, achieving 320GB/s memory bandwidth. In addition to the video memory, the 2,560 CUDA cores of the GP104 graphics chip are responsible for the brute gaming power of the GeForce GTX 1080.
The GTX 1080 graphics card series supports DirectX 12 and current gaming technologies, including NVIDIA Gameworks, Warp, Stereo-X, VR-Audio, PhysX and SMP (Simultaneous Multi-Projection). The latter is supported in version 4.0 and offers great advantages especially for VR, curved displays and multi-display setups.
VR in particular benefits from the new technology, because two viewports can be rendered in one pass. By using multiple viewports, the rendered image also manages with a lower number of calculated pixels, which greatly improves performance in VR mode.
Despite the extremely high computing power and the memory expansion with 8 GB GDDR5X, the GeForce GTX 1080 works with a TDP of only 180 watts, which is only 15 watts more than its direct predecessor GTX 980 - at a significantly higher speed. Thanks to the revised power supply of the GTX 1080 PCB, because the new five-phase supply (in the reference layout) of the GPU and the numerous optimizations on the PCB, energy efficiency increases by a whopping six percent compared to the GTX 980.
The GeForce GTX 1080 has state-of-the-art connections. Three DisplayPort-1.4 and one HDMI-2.0b connectors are available for 4K/Ultra-HD resolution image transmission at 60 Hertz. The latter has HDCP 2.2 and can therefore send and receive encrypted signals (4K Blu-Rays / 4K streams). Alternatively, the GTX 1080 has a DVI-D (dual-link) output.
To take full advantage of the card's potential, new drivers from NVIDIA or MSI should be downloaded and installed at regular intervals.…more