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MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z 11GB Review

Temperatures were measured after 5 minutes of load under three scenario: Furmark, Unigine Heaven and desktop idle in sequential order with 2 minutes of downtime in between each test. GPU-Z was used to record the maximum temperature, fan profiles on GPUs were left to their default behaviour.

Delta temperatures are presented below to account for small fluctuations in room temperature, but for all the testing present in this graph the temperature ranged from 21.6 to 23.1 degrees Celsius.


Cooling performance was stellar – this was the coolest GTX 1080 Ti on test.

It didn’t just achieve this on the GPU core either, the comprehensive cooling solution kept the VRMs and memory cool too.

Nonetheless we found MSI’s claim that users could ‘Monitor temperature of GPU/Memory/VRM through Afterburner‘ to be initially challenging. The version of Afterburner supplied on the product download page, 4.3.0, did not let us achieve this. However, after we acquired beta version 4.4.0 Beta 12 and accepted the reboot prompt, upon first launch we were then able to see one PCB temperature and four VRM temperatures.

In our load tests VRM temperatures were in the low 80s or high 70s while the PCB temperature was in the mid-70s. Very safe and respectable temperatures all around.

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