MSI debuts expansive GTX 1080 lineup

MSI is pulling out all of the stops with its lineup of GTX 1080 graphics cards. Alongside its Founders Edition, with its unique cooler design, MSI has announced six other iterations of Nvidia’s current top-of-the-line Pascal graphics processing unit (GPU).

Although it has yet to detail pricing or availability information, we do know the names, clock speeds, and other important specifications of the cards. The lowest end of the new renditions, and therefore likely the cheapest too, are the 1080 Aero 8G and Aero 8G OC.

As you might expect, the latter is an overclocked version of the former, so their clocks are 1,607 MHz / 1,733 MHz (core/memory) and 1,632MHz / 1,771 MHz respectively. Both look to be designed as a way to get the GTX 1080 price down, as they simply employ a standard blower design, pumping the hot air out of the rear of the case.

Related: Asus launches two new graphics cards based on Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 ‘Pascal’ GPU

Moving up the range, we find the GTX 1080 Armor 8G and its overclocked variant. These cards have a more powerful dual-fan cooler of MSI’s own design, though they don’t exhaust the air in the same way, so you’ll want to have decent system cooling to make sure this efficient card stays nice and chilled.

The non-OC’d version has the same 1,607MHz / 1,733MHz clock as the base version, while the overclocked one brings it up to 1,657MHz / 1,797MHz. Both also sport an additional 6pin power connector, and will therefore require two PCIE power cables to run (thanks PCPer).


The most powerful air-cooled version of the GTX 1080 that MSI is offering is its GamingX edition, which uses the TWIN FROZR VI twin-fan cooler. It has a redesigned shroud with some red and black styling and the additional power connector seen in the Armor versions.

This one however ups the ante that bit more with several different clock-speed offerings: a silent mode, which should operate in supreme quiet; gaming, which ups the clock speed to 1,683MHz / 1,822MHz for the core and memory, respectively, and “OC,” which powers up the GTX 1080 to an impressive 1,708MHz / 1,847MHz.

The only card that can match that clock for clock, is the GTX 1080 Sea Hawk, MSI’s water-cooled version. It has the same shrouded air-cooler as the Aero version, but combines it with a 120mm radiator to cool the core with a closed-water cooling loop.

Surprisingly however, it doesn’t sport the same additional 6pin power connector, but otherwise this should be the most impressive of the bunch.

We’ll update this with pricing and availability details as and when we receive them.

Editors' Recommendations


Leak reveals that Nvidia’s RTX 2060 gaming chipsets will be headed to laptops

The latest leaks of Nvidia's upcoming RTX 2060 have given performance benchmarks and further detail about the future chipset and its capabilities, while a RTX 2060 Max-Q variant has also been discovered for thin and light gaming machines.

Crush your next workout with the best Fitbit for every activity

Fitbits are amazingly helpful tools for setting fitness goals and tracking progress. However, different activities require different metrics. We've gathered a list of the best Fitbits for running, swimming, biking, and other activities.

Looking for a controller to play 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'? Try one of these

The Switch is the most versatile console around, and that means you might need a controller that's different from the norm. In fact, even the standard controller is a best weird. Here's our favorite Switch controllers.

Get caught up on all things 'Fallout 76,' including recent controversies

Bethesda's Fallout 76 takes the open world series in a new direction. With an emphasis on co-op, survival, and rebuilding a broken world, Fallout 76 is a far different game than its predecessors.

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…

Windows 10 user activity logs are sent to Microsoft despite users opting out

Windows 10 Privacy settings may not be enough to stop PCs from releasing user activity data to Microsoft. Users discovered that opting out of having their data sent to Microsoft does little to prevent it from being released.

Intel's discrete graphics will be called 'Xe,' IGP gets Adapative Sync next year

Intel has officially dubbed its discrete graphics product Intel Xe, and the company also provided details about its Gen11 IGP. The latter will include adaptive sync support and will arrive in 2019.

Intel answers Qualcomm's new PC processors by pairing Core and Atom in 'Foveros'

Intel has announced a new packaging technology called 'Foveros' that makes it easier for the company to place multiple chips together on one package. That includes chips based on different Intel architectures, like Core and Atom.

Razer’s classic DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse drops to $40 on Amazon

If you're looking to pick up a new gaming mouse for the holidays, Amazon has you covered with this great deal on the classic Razer DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse with customizable buttons, RGB lighting, and a 16,000 DPI optical sensor.

Intel's dedicated GPU is not far off -- here's what we know

Did you hear? Intel is working on a dedicated graphics card. It's called Arctic Sound and though we don't know a lot about it, we know that Intel has some ex-AMD Radeon graphics engineers developing it.

Firefox 64 helps keep your numerous tabs under control

Mozilla officially launched Firefox 64 by placing new features into the laps of its users including new tab management abilities, intelligent suggestions, and a task manager for keeping Firefox's power consumption under control.

Here's our guide to how to charge your laptop using a USB-C cable

Charging via USB-C is a great way to power up your laptop. It only takes one cable and you can use the same one for data as well as power -- perfect for new devices with limited port options.

Apple MacBook Air vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The MacBook Air was updated with more contemporary components and a more modern design, but is that enough to compete with standouts like Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 detachable tablet?

Installing fonts in Windows 10 is quick and easy -- just follow these steps

Want to know how to install fonts in Windows 10? Here's our guide on two easy ways to get the job done, no matter how many you want to add to your existing catalog, plus instructions for deleting fonts.