Like most of the other major graphics card vendors, it appears MSI plans to stick with what’s already working well. The five GTX 1080 Ti cards it revealed all build upon the company’s existing designs—though MSI’s existing high-end cooler designs are impressive indeed.
The Aero is essentially an Nvidia-hued reference card, while the Armor features a fairly basic dual-fan setup that packs MSI’s Torx tech and shuts off in low-load situations. The flagship MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X rocks a beefier, RGB LED-enhanced version of MSI’s potent Twin Frozr VI custom cooling solution. It’ll ship with three separate performance modes available via MSI’s software, ranging from reference GTX 1080 Ti speeds in Silent Mode up to 1,569MHz base and 1,683MHz boost overclocks in OC Mode. Gaming Mode tones it down a bit from OC Mode, at 1,544MHz base and 1,657MHz boost speeds.
The Sea Hawk, meanwhile, extends MSI’s use of Corsair Hydro closed-loop coolers to the GTX 1080 Ti, while the Sea Hawk EK packs an integrated EKWB waterblock for folks who prefer swankier custom water-cooling setups.
MSI hasn’t announced any pricing or release info for its GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Such a tease. But the MSI Armor version briefly popped up on Newegg with 1,531MHz base and 1,645MHz boost speeds for $710. Not too shabby!