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MSI comes up with five GTX 1080 graphics cards

by on28 May 2016

Aero, Armor, Gaming X and Sea Hawk

MSI has unveiled a total of five different Geforce GTX 1080 graphics cards including a couple of rather interesting versions like the GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G with Twin Frozr VI cooler or the GTX 1080 Sea Hawk with Corsair's Hydro Series hybrid cooler.

The list of MSI's newly announced GTX 1080 graphics cards starts off with the GTX 1080 Founders Edition, which is all stock, and the the MSI GTX 1080 Aero graphics card which will also feature custom blower style cooler with s leek black and silver design. As most MSI graphics cards, the GTX 1080 Aero will also be available in two versions, one with reference 1607/1733MHz GPU clocks and the OC versions working at 1632/1771MHz clocks.

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The MSI GTX 1080 Armor uses MSI' well known Twin Frozr V dual-fan cooler paired up with TORX fan technology and comes with a couple of MSI exclusive features like the Zero Frozr technology which does not spin up fans in idle. Unfortunately, it does not feature a backplate for some reason but does come with a factory-overclocked OC version working at 1657/1797MHz. MSI GTX 1080 Armor is also one of the GTX 1080 graphics cards in MSI lineup that features a custom PCB with 12-phase VRM which draws power from a 8- and 6-pin PCIe power connectors.

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The MSI GTX 1080 Sea Hawk is a hybrid cooled graphics card equipped with Corsair's Hydro Series liquid cooler. The liquid cooler cools down the GPU while the blower fan cools down the VRM, memory and the rest of the board. According to what we see, MSI did not use a custom PCB on this one as it needs a single 8-pin PCIe power connector but the Corsair Hydro Series was enough to hit 1708/1847MHz clocks. The 8GB of GDDR5X memory on the Sea Hawk is also overclocked to 10108MHz.

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The flagship GTX 1080 in MSI's lineup is the new GTX 1080 Gaming X graphics card which has three working modes and comes with MSI's Twin Frozr VI dual fan cooler. According to details from MSI, the GTX 1080 Gaming X works at 1607/1733MHz in Silent Mode, 1683/1822MHz in Gaming mode and 1708/1847MHz in OC mode. The 8GB of GDDR5X memory is also overclocked to 10108MHz.

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According to MSI, the Twin Frozr VI should be significantly better than a reference cooler as it packs a huge heatsink, 8mm copper heatpipes, nickel-plater copper baseplate, premium thermal compound and new TORX 2.0 fans.

The MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X also comes with RGB LEDs on the side and a backplate.

MSI is one of the partners that has plenty of GTX 1080 graphics cards in its lineup and hopefully, custom ones will show up in retail/e-tail soon as currently, only Founders Editions are up for grabs.

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