For consumers fortunate enough to have a budget that will stretch to a GTX 1080 Ti, the range of high-performance and well-engineered options available from Nvidia partners is impressive. MSI’s take on the GTX 1080 Ti, its Gaming X variant, is a tried and trusted formula for success albeit one that is now somewhat predictable.
MSI’s Gaming series design for Nvidia’s high-performance GPUs has changed incrementally over the generations although we’ve yet to see a significant overhaul. There’s probably good reason for this since MSI’s Gaming series graphics cards continue to be popular with DIY system builders and PC enthusiasts.
It is easy to comprehend the popularity based on the merits of this particular product. Solid overclocked performance, a profound reduction in noise and temperatures over Nvidia’s reference design and a sprinkling of novel features like RGB lighting, a metal backplate and a passive fan mode.
MSI is now very wise to the popularity of its Gaming series products and pricing now appropriately reflects that consumer demand and brand recognition. At many retailers MSI’s GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X is an expensive option particularly compared to equivalent models from Palit and Zotac, for example. That said up against other in-demand models from prestige brands MSI’s GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X is still a sensible option.
The MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X is available to buy from Overclockers UK, pricing at the time of writing was £799.99. MSI provides a 3 year warranty with this product.
- Well-engineered cooling and power implementations
- Full cover backplate
- Quiet operation with good cooling
- RGB lighting
- Passive fan mode
- Exceeds dual-slot form factor
- Clock speeds could be more aggressive
- Colour scheme is “limited” to red & black, not neutral
KitGuru says: An excellent GTX 1080 Ti that’s got all the bases covered, MSI’s Gaming X merits inclusion on any shortlist.