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GeForce GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC (8GB, high end)
CHF 731.–With free promotional product
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC (8GB, high end)

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5 ratings on MSI GeForce GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC (8GB, high end)

User arsarsars1337
GeForce GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC (8GB, high end)

Quiet. Fast. Unreasonably expensive.

I am using this with a i7-3770K inside a Fractal Node 304 Mini-ITX case. The host is running ArchLinux and I am using VGA passthrough to assign the GPU to a Windows VM (for gaming) or a Linux VM (for machine learning). Output is connected to a BenQ W1070 projector.

First impressions:
- Witcher 3 is butter-smooth at 2560x1440 @ultra settings (using DSR from the Nvidia control panel to render at that resolution.)
- Theano runs around 20-30% faster than on a Titan X on various workloads.
- Fans do not spin until 60C. Totally silent on idle. When playing Witcher 3 the fans spin up but still sound smooth (wind noise) with a just a hint of motor drone. They are significantly quieter than the projector, and much much quieter than the Founder's Edition blower-style fan.
- Power usage is 8-9W on idle. This is higher than the Founder's Edition (4-6W) but quite acceptable. The max power limit is 240W, which is higher than the Founder's Edition (180W).
- This card does not have a backplate. It feels slightly less rigid and is a bit harder to handle than the Founder's Edition cards.
- This card takes a 8 and a 6pin power connector. The Founder's edition takes just a single 8pin connector.

Verdict: excellent performance, good acoustics, super expensive. For most use cases, this is a better choice than the Founder's Edition cards.
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18.07.2016
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User Nemo92
GeForce GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC (8GB, high end)

Bereue den Kauf nicht

Habe meine alte 760 mit dieser Karte ersetzt, obwohl mittlerweile bekannt ist, dass die 11xx-Reihe bald angekündigt werden wird. Konnte einfach nicht länger warten. Hier die Gründe warum ich den Kauf dennoch nicht bereue:

Die Karte idled etwa bei 30 Grad und kommt unter Last (gaming: PUBG/Witcher 3) gerade auf 70 grad Celsius hoch und das obwohl das Airflow in meinem Case suboptimal ist und bleibt dabei auch noch leise - ohne overclocking und max/ultra settings. Kühlt also sehr gut (die Strix von ASUS ist da sicher besser, aber auch völlig übertrieben). Overclocking ist mit MSI Afterburner kinderleicht und man kann sogar die fan curve einstellen. Leistung kann also sehr gut optimiert werden.

Installation im Gehäuse war relativ einfach. Habe einen alten X2000 damals im Sommer 2013 von digitec erworben. Die 3.5 Zoll Bay mit dem Multicardreader musste leider ausgebaut werden, weil sie 1cm im weg war - nicht weiter schlimm da ich das Ding eh nie nutze. Von der Grösse her sollte diese 1080 aber in den meisten Gehäusen (midi tower) problemlos passen (mit der Strix hat man hier viel mehr Probleme).

Hab sie für 700.- (was eig. immer noch 100.- über MSRP ist) vor kurzem hier gekauft. Wenn man die preisliche Situation im Graphikkartenmarkt bedenkt, ist diese Karte aber momentan klarer Preis-/Leistungssieger (ausser man findet eine 1070 ti für 600.-, die kann man dann leicht overclocken und zu der Leistung von einer 1080 bringen).

Schlussendlich der letzte Faktor: die Optik. Das 2 Fan-design sieht gut aus und tut was es soll, wie oben schon erwähnt. Das Schwarz/Weiss Farbschema passt von allen Modellen am Besten zum geplanten Build, das in ein paar Monaten auch noch kommt. Leider kommt das Ding ohne Backplate, was für eine Highend Graphikkarte und zu dem Preis absolut daneben ist. Für 50.- extra muss ich mir also noch eins im Netz holen und dann selber draufschrauben...
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27.04.2018
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User Wyrx
GeForce GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC (8GB, high end)

Significantly better than the reference cards

I upgraded from a reference GTX 980 Ti due to my old card dying.
Performance is noticeably better, but not really worth the price. The 980 Ti is still a very decent card by comparison, even in 4k.

The biggest improvement over my reference 980 Ti is the noise and cooling. The 980 Ti would very quickly get very hot under load. It didn't perform quite as well as it should have (according to benchmarks), likely because it quickly hit its target temperature (83°C) and started throttling. Trying to get the fans turn faster improved performance, but also made the card very loud. At 110% power target and with sufficiently fast fans, the card would come close to a 1080 at the cost of extreme noise.

Enter the MSI 1080 Armor.
On idle, the fans don't spin (as opposed to the 22% minimum fan speed of the reference 980 Ti). The card still manages to run cooler than the reference 980 Ti.
Under load, the card would never reach 80°C and still remains very quiet. At 70% fan speed, the card is still very quiet. At 100% fan speed, it gets a bit loud. If you wear a headset, you probably won't hear the card, even at 100% fan speed.

Even though it was quite expensive, I don't regret buying this card. The better performance wasn't quite worth the price, but the significantly better cooling makes up for it.

If you're looking for a silent card that performs well, buy this. If you have a 980 Ti and are very satisfied with it, wait for the next generation.
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09.09.2016
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User GloverCarvalho
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If you can afford it, you won't regret it.

MSI has done a good job for a very decent price (got mine for 750.- here)


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24.08.2016
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