The GTX 1080 has been out since mid-2016 and in the wake of several high-end releases, like the GTX 1080 Ti and the Titan Xp, Nvidia has refreshed the GTX 1080 to keep it competitive and in the minds of consumers. MSI’s Gaming X Plus may be the to begin the refreshed GTX 1080s KitGuru has already established an opportunity to assess.

The only noteworthy change between MSI’s GTX 1080 Gaming X and the brand new GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus is a faster memory configuration, permitted by more capable Micron GDDR5X memory chips. The stock memory throughput is currently 11 Gbps, rather than 10 Gbps, and that 10 % boost to memory bandwidth gives newer GTX 1080s hook advantage over last year’s models together with making them closer in performance to GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

There is little to differentiate these 11 Gbps GTX 1080s from last year’s models so expect graphics card vendors to simply re-release their GTX 1080 board designs with faster memory from the factory, slowly phasing down production of units with 10 Gbps memory. Most vendors seem to be to be choosing to include a fresh model with some signifier regarding the faster memory in the name, MSI has used Plus while ASUS is moreover including 11 Gbps in the model name.

MSI’s GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus is identical to the GTX 1080 Gaming X with regards to its cooling solution, PCB and show set. That’s no bad thing either since our overview of that card revealed it to be an outstanding graphics card – low noise and temperatures, strong performance and solid construction.

GPU-Z confirms the 10 % boost in memory frequency. MSI in addition has matched clock speeds between your Gaming X and Gaming X Plus so any performance boost is exclusively from the faster memory, instead of any other factors. An instant scour of UK retailers shows us that pricing is pretty much identical between your models, if anything, the older model appears to become more expensive at many retailers that is a peculiar situation.

The overall manage MSI’s new 11 Gbps graphics card is manufactured even sweeter by the actual fact MSI is owning a cashback promotion right now, before end of May, which is giving UK buyers £43 off the price tag on most of its GTX 1080 graphics cards.

Performance Analysis & SUMMARY
Performance Analysis
For the performance side, comparing MSI’s faster GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G against NVIDIA’s own GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition – rather than the GTX 1080 Ti, MSI wins at 1440p with yet another 10% or more fps.

In games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G was pushing 103FPS average, in comparison to 90FPS on the GTX 1080 FE. In Far Cry Primal, we’re looking at 86FPS average in comparison to 79FPS on the GTX 1080 FE. For 1440p monitor owners, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G is with the capacity of 100FPS+ in a few of the best-looking games, so eSports games like Overwatch, Rocket League and others will easily run at 144FPS+ for high refresh rate monitor owners.

Gaming at 4K is something that can be done on the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G, with the same 10%+ additional performance over the GTX 1080 FE at 4K. With a few details adjusted, you could easily hit 60FPS at 4K – but games like Ghost Recon Wildlands runs at 32FPS average at 4K, on Ultra settings.

Final Thoughts
In the event that you didn’t pull the trigger on the GeForce GTX 1080 some time ago, and can’t spend the money for $699+ for the brand new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, then your faster GTX 1080 using its 8GB of GDDR5X clocked at 11Gbps is a superb choice. It includes up to 10% average more performance over the stock GTX 1080 Founders Edition, while MSI’s custom GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G is silent until it hits 60C, and barely makes noise if it is under load.

The faster 8GB of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps could be overclocked as well, with this card hitting 11,600MHz without much hassle at all. We were hitting no more than 69C, which is because of MSI’s great work in the Twin Frozr VI cooling technology.

For gamers with 1440p or 34-inch 3440×1440 UltraWide displays, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G is a superb choice unless you want to invest $500 or even more on a GTX 1080 Ti. You’d need to drop the in-game visual details right down to hit 60FPS+ at 4K, or 60-100FPS+ at 1440p/UltraWide – nevertheless, you save $200 or even more from the GTX 1080 Ti’s more expensive.

By the end of your day, MSI continues filling in its GeForce GTX 10 group of graphics cards with great releases – the brand new GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G is a testament compared to that. We’ve slightly more performance compared to the GTX 1080 FE, near silent operation, the same Gaming X styling as MSI’s other cards – and great performance. 4K gamers should cling to the GTX 1080 Ti, but 1080p/1440p/UltraWide gamers should think about MSI’s GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8G for his or her gaming needs.