MSI GeForce GTX 1080 SEA HAWK X review

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The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk X takes advantage of Nvidia's new Pascal based on 16 nm FinFet GPU architecture, and with 7.2 billion transistors, 2,560 shader/stream cores, and 8 GB of GDDR5X, it’s a rather fast product. In Ultra HD it can advance up-to 25 to 40% in performance over the GeForce GTX 980 as we learned. It is a good amount faster compared to the 980 Ti and Titan X as well.



The GPU empowering the product is called the GP104-400 GPU, which is Pascal architecture based. It has 2,560 CUDA Cores, while texture filtering is performed by 160 texture units. The reference/founder cards have a base clock frequency of 1,607 MHz where MSI clocks the base frequency at 1,683 MHz with an 1.822 MHz boost clock frewuency.



As mentioned, the card has a 180 Watt rated TDP, 75 Watts is delivered though the PCIe slot, then 150 Watts through the single 8-pin PEG (PCI Express graphics) power connector. I know the 75 Watt for the PCIe slot is under discussion currently, however it's a non issue as the 75W is a spec indication, the slot can deliver a whole lot more safely. 

So yes, you'll have spare for a nice overclock (which we'll show you). The GeForce GTX 1080 display engine is capable of supporting the latest high resolution displays, including 4K and 5K screens. And with HDMI 2.0 support, the GeForce GTX 1080 can be used by gamers who want to game on the newest state-of-the-art big screen TVs. 


As you can see the back-plate itself unfortunately is closed, however if you look at the above photo, MSI left a good 1mm spacing in-between the PCB and back-plate, not that this card will get hot at all but residual heat will have less of a chance to get trapped this way.

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