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MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G Review


MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G 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 1920x1080 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 1920x1080 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





Running with a full implementation of GP102 means you have a lot of hardware under the lid producing heat and drawing current. The results here speak to that pretty clearly. MSI's card does draw more current than the Founders Edition card in both stock and overclocked scenarios. That added current draw means the larger Armor 2x cooling solution has its work cut out for it. Cooling the card is MSI's Armor 2x thermal solution featuring a direct contact heat pipe solution using four 6mm heat pipes to push the thermal load to a slim aluminum fin array. The best way to combat noise in a cooling solution is to use larger fans running at a slower fan speed, exactly what MSI is doing with the Armor 2X cooler.

At stock speeds, the cooler is quieter and delivers better thermals than the NVIDIA cooler on the Founders Edition card thanks to the Torx 2.0 fans with Dispersion blades. By keeping the fan speeds under 2000RPM once the thermals hit 60 °C, the card is dead silent while keeping the thermals below 80 °C. When overclocked, the fan speeds max out at roughly 2300RPM and cannot be heard over the other fans in my test system chassis. This lower fan speed, even when overclocked, allows the card to stay below 80 °C when running lower resolutions and pushing as high as 83 °C looping Unigine Heaven or 3DMark Firestrike for 50+ loops. While warmer than the Founders Edition, the card runs much quieter to do the job. As slim as the heat sink fin array is, it can handle the load.


  1. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G: Specifications & Features
  3. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G Testing: Setup & Overclocking
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  8. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G Testing: For Honor, 3DMark, VRMark
  9. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G Testing: Temperatures & Power Consumption
  10. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G: Conclusion
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