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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G Review

Tim Görlich, Klaus Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 12/13/2016

MSI's version of the GeForce GTX 1080 is supposedly not only faster but also quieter than Nvidia's Founders Edition. LED effects provide visual highlights. How well the GPU handle the various benchmarks and if it managed to impress is the subject of our review.

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For the GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X, MSI utilizes their Twin Frozr VI cooling system, which differs greatly from Nvidia's implementation. Two 100 mm axial fans with dual ball bearings blow air from above onto the generously-sized heatsink. This heatsink features four 8 mm copper pipes, which distribute the generated heat to the cooling fins. The RAM chips and the voltage converters are equipped with an additional heatsink. To increase the stability, the back of the graphics card features a massive backplate, which is adorned with a decorative dragon motive. An RGB LED "dragon" design on the side is visible in the dark. Various decorative elements up front are also lighted. The overall design is very high-end and looks quite appealing. MSI mentions using premium-quality, "Military Class 4 Components (Hi-C Caps, Super Ferrite Chokes, Japanese Solid Caps)," which should increase the longevity of the card. 

The GPU measures 279 (l) x 140 (w) x 42 (h) mm and takes up two card slots in our test system. The GPU weighs - thanks to the massive heatsink complement - a hefty 1112 grams (39 oz). The card features a Dual-Link DVI-D port (no analog signal), HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2), and three DisplayPort 1.4 ports. Of the five video-outs, up to four can be used simultaneously.

Specifications GTX 980 GTX 1060 6 GB GTX 1070 FE GTX 1080 FE MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X
Chip GM204 GP106 GP104 GP104 GP104
Manufactured 28 nm 16 nm 16 nm 16 nm 16 nm
Shader 2.048 1.280 1.920 2.560 2.560
Texture Units 128 80 120 160 160
GPU Base Clock 1127 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1607 MHz 1683 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1216 MHz 1848 MHz 1683 MHz 1733 MHz 1822 MHz
L2 Cache 2 MB 1.5 MB 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB
Memory Bus 256 Bit 192 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit
Memory Bandwidth 224 GB/s 192 GB/s 256 GB/s 320 GB/s 323 GB/s
Memory Size 4 GB 6 GB 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Power (Watt) 165 W 120 W 150 W 180 W 180 W

Software

MSI supplies a comprehensive software package specifically designed for gamers. The "Gaming APP" allows for the easy selection of three one-click performance profiles (OC, Gaming, and Silent Mode). The image quality can be changed using the "Eye Rest Mode". The software also allows users to tailor the RGB LED lighting to their liking. An on-screen function allows for monitoring of various parameters (clock speed, temperature, FPS, etc.) within 3D applications. The Android application makes it possible to control these functions independently from Windows. The tool "MSI Afterburner" makes it possible to change the clock frequency, the power consumption, and control the fan systems. All settings can be saved in a profile so they can be recalled at a later time.

"MSI Dragon Eye“ allows watching YouTube videos or Twitch Stream while playing a game. A one-year subscription of XSplit Gamecaster is included as well, so the user can record videos or share them using UStream, Twitch, or YouTube.

Clock Speeds

The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X offers three different performance settings. In Gaming Mode - which is the default - the GPU runs at 1687 MHz (Boost: 1847 MHz). In OC Mode, the clock speed increases to 1708 MHz (Boost: 1847 MHz). The RAM runs at 10108 MHz in either case. In Silent Mode we observed speeds of 1607 MHz (Boost: 1733 MHz) for the GPU and 10010 MHz for the GDDR5X RAM, which is exactly what Nvidia states in the specs. For our test sequence we used Default Mode.

To save energy, the clock speed drops to 214 MHz for the core and 101 MHz for the RAM during idle. Thanks to "Boost 2.0", we frequently encountered higher frequencies than promised when running 3D applications. Case in point: when playing Witcher 3, we recorded a stable 1936 MHz; in World of Warships we recorded 1924 MHz and in FurMark 1860 MHz before the GPU limited a further frequency increase because of power constraints.

Our test systems are equipped with the following components:  

Intel Core i7-4790K (not overclocked), 16 GB DDR3, Asus ZU97 Deluxe, Asus PB287Q 4K Monitor, Samsung SSD 840 Pro (256 GB, system), OCZ Trion 150 SSD (960 GB, benchmarks), Windows 10 64-bit with all updates as of middle of October. Our driver: GeForce 376.09 (WHQL).

Synthetic Benchmarks

When running the synthetic benchmarks, the MSI Gaming X makes use of the 5% increase in clock speed and places ahead of the GTX 1080 Founders Edition in all tests. The performance difference between the MSI Gaming X and the MSI GeForce 1070 Gaming Z is about 20%. The performance gains over the Maxwell-generation GTX 980 Ti fluctuate depending on the benchmark. The difference when running Unigine Valley is only 21%, but for 3DMark 11 we recorded a more substantial difference of 39%. AMD's fastest current card, the R9 Fury, trails the review GPU by an average of about 40%. The MSI Gaming X performs at a very high level and is only outgunned by an SLI combo or the Titan X (Pascal).

Performance Rating
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
99.9 pt ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
95.2 pt ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
83.8 pt ∼84%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
79.8 pt ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
76.3 pt ∼76%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
60.2 pt ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
57.6 pt ∼58%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
51.6 pt ∼52%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
48.7 pt ∼49%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
22555 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
21154 Points ∼94% -6%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
18408 Points ∼82% -18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
17899 Points ∼79% -21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
16961 Points ∼75% -25%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
14580 Points ∼65% -35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
12984 Points ∼58% -42%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
12186 Points ∼54% -46%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
11869 Points ∼53% -47%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
129042 Points ∼100% 0%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
128611 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
108238 Points ∼84% -16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
104764 Points ∼81% -19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
98958 Points ∼77% -23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
80879 Points ∼63% -37%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
80439 Points ∼62% -37%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
72213 Points ∼56% -44%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
66398 Points ∼51% -48%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
32126 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
29443 Points ∼92% -8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
26098 Points ∼81% -19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
23990 Points ∼75% -25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
23057 Points ∼72% -28%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
17919 Points ∼56% -44%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
17738 Points ∼55% -45%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
17543 Points ∼55% -45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
17401 Points ∼54% -46%
Unigine Heaven 4.0 - Extreme Preset DX11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
147.4 fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
137.7 fps ∼93% -7%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
125 fps ∼85% -15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
117 fps ∼79% -21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
110 fps ∼75% -25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
82.7 fps ∼56% -44%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
77.1 fps ∼52% -48%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
66 fps ∼45% -55%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
61.1 fps ∼41% -59%
Unigine Valley 1.0 - 1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
109.8 (min: 43) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
106.9 fps ∼97% -3%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
95.8 fps ∼87% -13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
92.6 fps ∼84% -16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
91.1 fps ∼83% -17%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
73.5 fps ∼67% -33%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
52.3 fps ∼48% -52%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
47.2 fps ∼43% -57%

Gaming Benchmarks

The MSI Gaming X takes the top spot in the gaming benchmarks as well. The actual performance difference is just a few percentage points in most cases - except for Hitman 2016, to name an example. In some cases, like Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, the GTX 1080 Founders Edition offers about the same performance. The difference between the review GPU and the AMD R9 Fury is still a very impressive 45%.

Note: the results in the section "Performance Rating" are slightly distorted if a GPU didn't run all of the benchmarks.

Performance Rating
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
100 pt ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
95.8 pt ∼96%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
85.7 pt ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
82.8 pt ∼83%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
79.2 pt ∼79%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
61 pt ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
59.1 pt ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
58.2 pt ∼58%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
56.5 pt ∼57%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
56.4 pt ∼56%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
54.6 pt ∼55%
Battlefield 1 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
148 (min: 133) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
147 (min: 132) fps ∼99% -1%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
122 (min: 106) fps ∼82% -18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
115 (min: 104) fps ∼78% -22%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
102 (min: 79) fps ∼69% -31%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
89.4 (min: 76) fps ∼60% -40%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
88.5 (min: 72) fps ∼60% -40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
87 (min: 78) fps ∼59% -41%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
83 (min: 73) fps ∼56% -44%
Mirror's Edge Catalyst - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
121 (min: 108) fps ∼100% 0%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
121 (min: 108) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
103 (min: 93) fps ∼85% -15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
101 (min: 88) fps ∼83% -17%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
95 (min: 86) fps ∼79% -21%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
81.3 (min: 74) fps ∼67% -33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
78.3 fps ∼65% -35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
72 fps ∼60% -40%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
70.3 (min: 66) fps ∼58% -42%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
65.2 (min: 55) fps ∼54% -46%
Overwatch - 1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
196 (min: 164) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K (1.0.5.1)
171 (min: 144) fps ∼87%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
161 (min: 135) fps ∼82%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
154 (min: 129) fps ∼79%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
139 fps ∼71%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
121 (min: 94) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
116 fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
107 fps ∼55%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
94 (min: 77) fps ∼48%
Doom - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
160 (min: 136) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
137 (min: 112) fps ∼86% -14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
134 (min: 111) fps ∼84% -16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K (OGL)
130 (min: 108) fps ∼81% -19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
127 (min: 107) fps ∼79% -21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
99.7 fps ∼62% -38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
96 (min: 81) fps ∼60% -40%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
83 (min: 67) fps ∼52% -48%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
80 (min: 68) fps ∼50% -50%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
80 (min: 68) fps ∼50% -50%
Hitman 2016 - 1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
90 fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
78 (min: 61) fps ∼87% -13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX 11)
75.5 (min: 59) fps ∼84% -16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
75.2 (min: 56) fps ∼84% -16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
70 (min: 50) fps ∼78% -22%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
61.5 (min: 35) fps ∼68% -32%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
58.7 (min: 44) fps ∼65% -35%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
61 (min: 45) fps ∼68% -32%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
59.2 (min: 48) fps ∼66% -34%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
55.6 (min: 41) fps ∼62% -38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K (DX11)
55.3 fps ∼61% -39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K (DX12)
54.4 fps ∼60% -40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
52 fps ∼58% -42%
Far Cry Primal - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
107 (min: 82) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
106 (min: 80) fps ∼99% -1%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
94 (min: 75) fps ∼88% -12%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
90 (min: 72) fps ∼84% -16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
83 (min: 66) fps ∼78% -22%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
68 (min: 52) fps ∼64% -36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
67 fps ∼63% -37%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
59 (min: 47) fps ∼55% -45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
57 (min: 46) fps ∼53% -47%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
54 (min: 43) fps ∼50% -50%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
125 fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
112 (min: 105) fps ∼90% -10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
112 (min: 105) fps ∼90% -10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
112 fps ∼90% -10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
102 (min: 95) fps ∼82% -18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
94 (min: 85) fps ∼75% -25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
88 (min: 81) fps ∼70% -30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K (DX11)
66.9 fps ∼54% -46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K (DX12)
66.5 fps ∼53% -47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
60.2 (min: 54) fps ∼48% -52%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
57 (min: 46) fps ∼46% -54%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
57 (min: 49) fps ∼46% -54%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
54.3 (min: 49) fps ∼43% -57%
Rainbow Six Siege - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
211 (min: 125) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
208 fps ∼99% -1%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
185 (min: 121) fps ∼88% -12%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
176 (min: 115) fps ∼83% -17%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
164 (min: 108) fps ∼78% -22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
130 fps ∼62% -38%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
127 (min: 86) fps ∼60% -40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
120 fps ∼57% -43%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
120 (min: 77) fps ∼57% -43%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
117 (min: 77) fps ∼55% -45%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
107.6 fps ∼51% -49%
Fallout 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
129 (min: 104) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
113 (min: 92) fps ∼88%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
109 fps ∼84%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
106 (min: 86) fps ∼82%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
80 (min: 66) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
77.1 fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
73 (min: 59) fps ∼57%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
72.8 fps ∼56%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
67.6 (min: 52) fps ∼52%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
65 (min: 52) fps ∼50%
Anno 2205 - 1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:8x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
61 (min: 57) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
59 (min: 56) fps ∼97% -3%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
49 fps ∼80% -20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
45 fps ∼74% -26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
43.9 (min: 40) fps ∼72% -28%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
33 (min: 31) fps ∼54% -46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
31.9 fps ∼52% -48%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
28.7 (min: 25) fps ∼47% -53%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
27.7 fps ∼45% -55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
27.7 (min: 35) fps ∼45% -55%
World of Warships - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:High FX AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
165 (min: 100) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
162 (min: 101) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
162 (min: 99) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
161 fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
153 (min: 95) fps ∼93%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
133 (min: 91) fps ∼81%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
130 (min: 79) fps ∼79%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
124.1 fps ∼75%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
82 (min: 70) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
62 fps ∼76% -24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
59.3 (min: 51) fps ∼72% -28%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
45.5 (min: 39) fps ∼55% -45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
44.4 fps ∼54% -46%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
43.9 (min: 40) fps ∼54% -46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
42.2 (min: 36) fps ∼51% -49%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
40.8 fps ∼50% -50%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
40.7 (min: 35) fps ∼50% -50%
GTA V - 1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
86 (min: 44) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
80 (min: 32) fps ∼93% -7%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
74 fps ∼86% -14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
73 fps ∼85% -15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
68 (min: 33) fps ∼79% -21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
47.7 fps ∼55% -45%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
45.6 fps ∼53% -47%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
184 fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
181 fps ∼98% -2%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
160 fps ∼87% -13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
157 fps ∼85% -15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
152 fps ∼83% -17%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
118 fps ∼64% -36%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
112.4 fps ∼61% -39%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
110 (min: 20) fps ∼60% -40%

The MSI Gaming X placed 7% ahead of the GTX 1080 Founders Edition during the 4K benchmark tests, with Doom showing the biggest increase of 17%. Driver optimizations likely play a role here as well. Only Battlefield doesn't seem to be able to take advantage of the additional performance and runs about equally well on both cards. The difference between the MSI Gaming X and the R9 Fury increases further at 4K resolution to 53%.

Performance Rating
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
100 pt ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
93.5 pt ∼94%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
80.2 pt ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
76 pt ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
74.7 pt ∼75%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
65.5 pt ∼66%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
57.5 pt ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
53 pt ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
51.2 pt ∼51%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
50.8 pt ∼51%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
46.1 pt ∼46%
Battlefield 1 - 3840x2160 High Preset AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
70.7 (min: 66) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
70.6 (min: 64) fps ∼100% 0%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
57.1 (min: 49) fps ∼81% -19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
55.1 (min: 51) fps ∼78% -22%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
46.6 (min: 41) fps ∼66% -34%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
38.1 (min: 33) fps ∼54% -46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
37.5 (min: 33) fps ∼53% -47%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
35.2 (min: 29) fps ∼50% -50%
Overwatch - 3840x2160 High (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:4x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
113 (min: 97) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
104 (min: 88) fps ∼92% -8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
91 (min: 78) fps ∼81% -19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
87 (min: 75) fps ∼77% -23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
85.5 (min: 74) fps ∼76% -24%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
77 (min: 64) fps ∼68% -32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
61.1 fps ∼54% -46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
58.2 (min: 50) fps ∼52% -48%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
57 fps ∼50% -50%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
54.4 (min: 44) fps ∼48% -52%
Doom - 3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
72 (min: 62) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (72)
56.5 fps ∼78% -22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K (OGL)
52.6 (min: 46) fps ∼73% -27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
48.6 (min: 42) fps ∼68% -32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
46 (min: 41) fps ∼64% -36%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
38.2 (min: 33) fps ∼53% -47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K (OGL)
34.3 (min: 30) fps ∼48% -52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
34.2 fps ∼48% -52%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
30 (min: 25) fps ∼42% -58%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
29.7 (min: 26) fps ∼41% -59%
Far Cry Primal - 3840x2160 High Preset AA:SM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
50 (min: 46) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
49 (min: 46) fps ∼98% -2%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
41 (min: 38) fps ∼82% -18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
40 (min: 37) fps ∼80% -20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
38 (min: 36) fps ∼76% -24%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
37 (min: 33) fps ∼74% -26%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
28 (min: 26) fps ∼56% -44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
28 fps ∼56% -44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
27 (min: 25) fps ∼54% -46%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
26 (min: 25) fps ∼52% -48%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
53 fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
50 fps ∼94% -6%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
47.8 (min: 43) fps ∼90% -10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
43 (min: 39) fps ∼81% -19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
40.6 (min: 36) fps ∼77% -23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
38.9 (min: 35) fps ∼73% -27%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
32.4 (min: 29) fps ∼61% -39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K (DX11)
29.3 fps ∼55% -45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K (DX12)
27 fps ∼51% -49%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX11)
26.7 (min: 22) fps ∼50% -50%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
24.5 (min: 21) fps ∼46% -54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
25.3 (min: 22) fps ∼48% -52%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K (DX12)
25.3 (min: 22) fps ∼48% -52%
Rainbow Six Siege - 3840x2160 High Preset AA:T AF:4x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
85 (min: 62) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
82 fps ∼96% -4%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
71.4 (min: 54) fps ∼84% -16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
67.4 (min: 52) fps ∼79% -21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
67 (min: 50) fps ∼79% -21%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
62 (min: 47) fps ∼73% -27%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
54 fps ∼64% -36%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
48.4 (min: 38) fps ∼57% -43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
47.7 fps ∼56% -44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
44.8 fps ∼53% -47%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
32.2 (min: 23) fps ∼38% -62%
The Witcher 3 - 3840x2160 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
56.5 (min: 49) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
55 fps ∼97% -3%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
45 (min: 40) fps ∼80% -20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
44 (min: 39) fps ∼78% -22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
43 fps ∼76% -24%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, Intel Core i7-4790K
35.9 (min: 32) fps ∼64% -36%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3
29.1 fps ∼52% -48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
29.1 (min: 24) fps ∼52% -48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
29 fps ∼51% -49%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
27.2 (min: 25) fps ∼48% -52%

The card handles all current games with aplomb. Maximum details and Full HD are no problem and the frame rate stays above 100 fps in most cases. Even 4K gaming at reduced details (high) is possible. Only a few games drop to below 50 fps. Of all the games, only Deus Ex Mankind Divided (with some reservation) and Mafia 3 can be considered unplayable at 4K resolution and high graphics settings.

low med. high ultra4K
Supreme Commander - FA Bench (2007) 91fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 360319307184fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 129fps
GTA V (2015) 8673.9fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 8256.5fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 177149142141129fps
World of Warships (2015) 112fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 6175fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 57fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 21185fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 12553fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 10750fps
The Division (2016) 10251.2fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 9052fps
Doom (2016) 16072fps
Overwatch (2016) 113fps
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016) 12149fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 55.936.9fps
FIFA 17 (2016) 219fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 6327.8fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 14870.7fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 160fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 14414414414365fps
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016) 12411683fps
Dishonored 2 (2016) 121113968247.3fps
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) 14814011073.546.7fps

Compute Performance

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 features 8 Compute Units for general calculations, which are addressed using OpenCL, DirectCompute and CUDA. The MSI Gaming X maintains its lead compared to the GTX 1080 Founders Edition and still manages to outperform the other cards as well. The lead over the AMD R9 Fury shrinks to 40%, however. Overall it can be said that AMD GPUs generally do better in this discipline than the competition from Nvidia. Surprisingly enough, no graphics card could compete with the GTX 980 Ti when running the LuxMark Room test.

Performance Rating
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, 4790K
97 pt ∼97%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
89.5 pt ∼90%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
80.5 pt ∼81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, 4790K
80.1 pt ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
76 pt ∼76%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
69.1 pt ∼69%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, E3-1230 v3
59.5 pt ∼60%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
59.4 pt ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
54.6 pt ∼55%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
54.2 pt ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
53.4 pt ∼53%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
2490 Samples/s ∼100% +17%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, 4790K
2485 Samples/s ∼100% +16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
2474 Samples/s ∼99% +16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
2327 Samples/s ∼93% +9%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, 4790K
2136 Samples/s ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
1874 Samples/s ∼75% -12%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
1773 Samples/s ∼71% -17%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
1661 Samples/s ∼67% -22%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, E3-1230 v3
1638 Samples/s ∼66% -23%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
1566 Samples/s ∼63% -27%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
1440 Samples/s ∼58% -33%
Sala GPUs-only
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
5012 Samples/s ∼100% +5%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, 4790K
4791 Samples/s ∼96%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
4169 Samples/s ∼83% -13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
3919 Samples/s ∼78% -18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, 4790K
3877 Samples/s ∼77% -19%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
3468 Samples/s ∼69% -28%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, E3-1230 v3
3179 Samples/s ∼63% -34%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
3125 Samples/s ∼62% -35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
3020 Samples/s ∼60% -37%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
3020 Samples/s ∼60% -37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
2584 Samples/s ∼52% -46%
ComputeMark v2.1
1024x600 Normal, QJuliaRayTrace
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, 4790K
6555 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
5655 Points ∼86% -14%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, 4790K
5084 Points ∼78% -22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
4761 Points ∼73% -27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
4270 Points ∼65% -35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
3322 Points ∼51% -49%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
3082 Points ∼47% -53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
3027 Points ∼46% -54%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
2746 Points ∼42% -58%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, E3-1230 v3
2666 Points ∼41% -59%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
2475 Points ∼38% -62%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Scalar
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, 4790K
4080 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
3605 Points ∼88% -12%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
3233 Points ∼79% -21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, 4790K
3131 Points ∼77% -23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
2861 Points ∼70% -30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
2710 Points ∼66% -34%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, E3-1230 v3
2625 Points ∼64% -36%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
2539 Points ∼62% -38%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
2447 Points ∼60% -40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
2002 Points ∼49% -51%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
1829 Points ∼45% -55%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Vector
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, 4790K
3630 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
3274 Points ∼90% -10%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, 4790K
2863 Points ∼79% -21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
2706 Points ∼75% -25%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
2602 Points ∼72% -28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
2479 Points ∼68% -32%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, E3-1230 v3
2232 Points ∼61% -39%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
2172 Points ∼60% -40%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
2162 Points ∼60% -40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
1994 Points ∼55% -45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
1840 Points ∼51% -49%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 2DTexArr
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, 4790K
1775 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
1661 Points ∼94% -6%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
1390 Points ∼78% -22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
1382 Points ∼78% -22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, 4790K
1376 Points ∼78% -22%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
1114 Points ∼63% -37%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
991 Points ∼56% -44%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, E3-1230 v3
978 Points ∼55% -45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
963 Points ∼54% -46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
917 Points ∼52% -48%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
911 Points ∼51% -49%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 3DTex
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
1860 Points ∼100% +5%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, 4790K
1767 Points ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
1711 Points ∼92% -3%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
1531 Points ∼82% -13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, 4790K
1402 Points ∼75% -21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
1402 Points ∼75% -21%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, E3-1230 v3
1300 Points ∼70% -26%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
1220 Points ∼66% -31%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
1039 Points ∼56% -41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
985 Points ∼53% -44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
936 Points ∼50% -47%
1024x600 Normal, Score
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC, 4790K
17806 Points ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, 4790K
15905 Points ∼89% -11%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 1070 OC Bios Desktop PC, 4790K
13856 Points ∼78% -22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
13121 Points ∼74% -26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti Desktop PC, 4790K
12373 Points ∼69% -31%
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Pro, 4790K
11890 Points ∼67% -33%
AMD Radeon R9 390X
XFX Radeon R9 390X DD Black Edition, E3-1230 v3
9800 Points ∼55% -45%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
9659 Points ∼54% -46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
9266 Points ∼52% -48%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
9044 Points ∼51% -49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, 4790K
8549 Points ∼48% -52%

Noise Level

The Twin Frozr VI cooling system is one of the quieter systems of its kind. During idle, the fans aren't spinning and the GPU remains completely silent. At a temperature of 60 °C, the fans start kicking in. Prolonged load results in a subjectively very acceptable whooshing sound in the medium frequency band. During the stress test, we recorded a maximum of 1400 RPM, although the fan noise was never annoying. At times, we noticed a high-frequency coil whine, which was especially pronounced during 3D gaming in the triple-digit FPS range.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.540.1442534.537.637.83135.236.633.64034.435.932.95034.637.433.16337.438.137.28035.535.834.810039.237.334.712536.139.632.716032.637.930.420033.436.428.925033.938.33031532.838.128.740031.935.226.150034.13827.163033.838.22780032.536.826.3100028.93523.6125027.632.722.2160023.829.620.9200021.427.118.8250018.827.618.2315018.525.817.9400017.722.118500017.321.217.3630017.421.617.3800017.625.517.41000017.524.617.41250017.522.517.51600017.423.817.4SPL39.34434.4N3.14.82.2median 27.6MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PCmedian 32.7median 22.2Delta7.86.45.6hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

We use FurMark to check the stability and performance (throttling) of our review GPUs under load. We recorded a maximum temperature of 72 °C, which is far from critical. The Boost maintained the maximum of 1848 MHz. The temperature on the back is also not critical at 50 °C. We observed a small hotspot at the power supply lines of 76 °C.

Power Consumption

The power consumption is quite moderate, which is typical for Pascal-based GPUs. When we connected a 4K monitor using DisplayPort, the review GPU consumed 3 watts more than the GTX 1080 Founders edition (which, according to Nvidia, was optimized for a lower power draw) with just the desktop displayed; it didn't consume nearly as much as the RX480 (79 watts). When subjected to continuous gaming load - we used Witcher 3 - the Gaming X required 39 watts more (+ 13%) than Nvidia's GPU, but its performance was also slightly higher. The competitor RX 480 draws 243 watts. According to those measurements, the MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X allows for a frame rate plus of 87%, while consuming 36% more power.

Verdict

Save for the Titan X, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest available Pascal-based graphics card at this time. Despite the top-notch performance, the card surpasses its competitors as far as the efficiency at idle and under load is concerned. Even 4K gaming seems possible, as long as the details and anti-aliasing are not set to their respective maximums. At this time, there isn't a true alternative - only SLI GPUs at the same price point are contenders.

The MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G is an outstanding partner-card. The cooling system is quiet and effective; the design is appealing and upscale. Despite the higher clock speeds, the GTX 1080 Gaming X is only slightly faster than the 1080 Founders Edition, however, and it costs 50 Euros (~$53) more. In return, the user gets a quieter, cooler, and slightly more powerful GPU.

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Tim Görlich, Klaus Hinum, 2016-12-13 (Update: 2016-12-21)
Bernhard Pechlaner

Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).