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MSI GTX 1080 & GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G Review

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MSI GTX 1080 & GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G Testing:

Temperature Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.



  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius







Power Consumption:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.


  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts





MSI does a ton of work with its cooling solutions to ensure you get a quiet cooler that can handle the thermal load generated by the GPU core, VRM, and memory. On this pair of cards, we get the latest revision of the Twin Frozr solution. Using MSI's Twin Frozr VI cooler, the idle results do not look that impressive until you realize that the fans are at a dead stop thanks to MSI's Zero Frozr technology. Under load, as you might expect, the MSI GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Gaming X deliver better thermal results under load than the Founders Edition designs from NVIDIA.

The NVIDIA Founders Edition boards delivered great power consumption results. MSI's custom PCB design and larger VRM coupled with the higher base and boost clock speeds drive up power consumption results up and over those of the Founders Edition cards from NVIDIA. Even so, we see improved power savings over the Titan X and GTX 980 Ti reference design cards.

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