MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G Review: Blazing-Fast And Custom Cooled

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G - Fire Strike, Time Spy Performance & VR Score

3DMark Fire Strike has multiple benchmark modes: Normal mode runs at 1920x1080, Extreme mode targets 2560x1440, and Ultra mode runs at a 4K resolution. GPU target frame buffer utilization for normal mode is 1GB and the benchmark uses tessellation, ambient occlusion, volume illumination, and a medium-quality depth of field filter. The more taxing Extreme mode targets 1.5GB of frame buffer memory and increases detail levels across the board. Ultra mode is explicitly designed for high-end and CrossFire / SLI systems and cranks up the quality even further. GT 1 focuses on geometry and illumination, with over 100 shadow casting spot lights, 140 non-shadow casting point lights, and 3.9 million vertices calculated for tessellation per frame. And 80 million pixels are processed per frame. GT2 emphasizes particles and GPU simulations.

Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Fire Strike
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The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G takes a large lead over the competition, with a 30%+ lead over the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 ICX.

3DMark Time Spy
Direct X 12 Performance

 3DMark Time Spy is a relatively new DirectX 12 benchmark test from Futuremark. It features a DirectX 12 engine, built from the ground up, to support bleeding-edge features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading. Time Spy is designed to test the DirectX 12 performance of the latest graphics cards using a variety of techniques and varied visual sequences. This benchmark was developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of the Futuremark Benchmark Development Program, to showcase the potential of close-to-the-metal, low-overhead APIs like DirectX 12.

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3DMark Time Spy


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At the top again by a wide margin, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G continues to dominate here in one of Futuremark's most current benchmarks that showcases DX12 performance.

VR Score
DirecX12 VR Performance

VR SCore is a new benchmark from Basemark, designed to evaluate a PC's VR readyness.  It has both DirectX 12 and DirectX 11 code paths and measures how well a PC can run VR content, by loading both the CPU and GPU. While the benchmark can work with HMDs, and can actually measure latency when used in conjunction with a special tool available from Basemark, it will also run on standard displays to assess overall performance. We ran the Direct X 12 version of the benchmark here.

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Basemark VR Score

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The latest set of graphic-intensive hurdles from Basemark tests your card's VR mettle and here as well, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G wins the day by a significant margin. The card shows fantastic stability and performance to match thanks to the factory overclock and more substantial cooling solution.

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