We heard MSI would be launching a custom GTX 1080 Ti and we finally have the announcement. Much to our surprise the MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X has 3 operating modes which you can switch between depending on what you prefer.
The different modes include OC mode, gaming mode and silent mode. In OC mode you get a base clock of 1569 MHz and a boost clock of 1683 MHz. In gaming mode you get a base clock of 1544 MHz and a boost clock of 1657 MHz. In silent mode you get a much lower 1480 MHz base and 1582 MHz boost clock.
The MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X requires dual 8-pin connectors for power and features the Twin Frozr VI cooler equipped with Torx 2.0 fans.
This cooler is more than capable of cooling your GPU when it is under load and when you are in the middle of a long gaming session. Heating is not an issue here.
Unlike the reference design you are getting 2 DVI-D ports as well as 2 HDMI ports for VR compatibility. You can plug VR headsets directly into your card without any issue. The MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X is based on the GP102 GPU. It has 3584 CUDA Cores along with 11GB of GDDR5X and a 352-bit interface.
It would seem that MSI is also planning to introduce a non-X version of this GPU which will have lower clock speeds and might be cheaper as well but we do not know as of right now when this GPU will be coming out.
We will let you know how well the MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X performs as compared to the reference design model.
Let us know what you think about the MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X and whether or not you are interested in buying one of these custom GPUs some time soon.