All the custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards announced so far! (Updated)
MSI has announced a total of six custom variants of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but because it is introducing both OC and non-OC models for each type of card, there are really only three different versions. We’ve listed them below for easier reference:
- MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G
- MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming 11G
- MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G OC
- MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G
- MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aero 11G OC
- MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aero 11G
To be clear, MSI has confirmed that it is also making a Sea Hawk X version of the card cooled by Corsair’s Hydro series liquid cooler, but it stopped short of releasing further details.
For now, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G sits on top of the product stack. Design-wise, it looks indistinguishable from the GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G, and it features the familiar red-and-black Twin Frozr VI cooler.
However, it’s worth noting that this card is slightly longer and thicker than the latter card. It measures 290 x 140 x 51mm, nearly a centimeter thicker than the GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G, so this is actually a 2.5 slot design instead of a slimmer dual slot one.
In OC mode, the card boasts a 1,569MHz base clock and 1,683MHz boost clock, up from the 1,480MHz base clock on the Founders Edition card.
The heat pipes are squared at the bottom to maximize contact area with the copper base plate and improve heat transfer. In addition, the semi-passive Torx 2.0 fans sport a double ball-bearing design for better reliability and longevity.
Moving down the product stack, there’s the black-and-white GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G cards which are probably best suited for monochrome builds.
These are less aggressively designed than their Gaming X counterparts, and are instead targeted at customers who prioritize stability and reliability over pure performance. The card has also been certified to MIL-STD-810G standards, as an added reassurance that it will last you a while.
The OC version of the card has a 1,531MHz base clock and 1,645MHz boost clock, which is quite modest as far as factory overclocks go.
It uses the older Torx fans – instead of the newer Torx 2.0 ones found on the Gaming series cards – but the feature set is still rather similar with semi-passive technology and a mix of dispersion and traditional fan blades for higher airflow and static pressure.
Finally, the Aero cards are the most basic offering of all. They utilize a blower-style fan that dumps hot air out the back of the case, so they’re probably more suited for cases where airflow is a concern.
The OC version of the card has been clocked slightly higher than the Founders Edition model, with a 1,506MHz base clock and 1,620MHz boost clock.
That said, only the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G and Armor 11G OC cards will be hitting our shores for now. They will cost S$1,279 and S$1,199 respectively, with the Armor card slated to arrive in the second week of April.