MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

We look at MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk, and her example, try to evaluate a novel approach to cooling, which frequently use enthusiasts. But unlike them, MSI has offers optimized model, equipped with not only an interesting design, but also an official guarantee.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk: Packaging and delivery

When you take a box with the MSI graphics card, you know, a top product in your hands. Dimensions and weight of the packaging of the imagination, and the chosen form hemicube amazing.

The obverse depicts the military equipment, which has become a highlight of the line: in this case, a multi-purpose helicopter Sikorsky SH-60 Sea Hawk. As you can see, we used a play on words in the title. Developers is a list of supported technologies and model name, as well as mention the Corsair company – the main partner in this project and the supplier CO. This bunch of manufacturers we owe the appearance of the video card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

On the reverse side there were no obvious surprises developers in a convenient form in a few slides talk about a new product.

Novelty is equipped with original cooling system Corsair H55, which appeared on the market back in 2012, but still popular. LSS design involves the use of a radiator, designed to fit 120 mm fan, pump-water block microchannel structure and quiet turntable.

On the part of MSI’s marked presence of illumination, decorative “bekpleyta” with the image of the dragon, and corporate support utilities. Among other minimum system requirements note the power supply capacity of at least 500 W with one Eight-connector.

Under the bright packaging hides a massive black box of thick cardboard mat. No markings or logos, only the intended contents.

Before us is a huge abundance of soft material, saves the video card and supplied from damage and shaking. Developers serious about this issue.

In general, it seems similar to what occurs when a full review of the liquid cooling system, in which case the manufacturer packs the elements in a similar manner.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

The supply found a brochure with the registration on the official website, a user guide, a booklet with MSI products and four screws for fastening the radiator to the wall of the housing LSS.

The video card for additional protection is placed in an antistatic bag and carefully pulled together at the edges.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk: Appearance and size

After extracting the MSI model out of the box is an interesting card at the workplace, which falls under the following description: The version of the reference design with a beautiful cover, two outgoing tubes in fabric winding and the radiator 120 mm. Of course, a superficial review of the definition of a hero, but to get ready, I started with him.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk is different from the original model of the decorative plastic cover with an interesting pattern and coated. On its surface, it may be noted Corsair logo, which again reminds us work together on innovation.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

The side panels are tightly closed to tangential fan could blow the whole video card and throw the hot air through the rear panel. Plot with facing the fabric tube is equipped with a small stub. The disadvantages we put lots of matte plastic, collecting fingerprints.

As stated in the description of the model, on the reverse side is a metal “bekpleyt” with an interesting design. Corporate Dragon, as expected, takes its rightful place in the front of the card. Note the missing slot in the plate for the exit of hot air.

Special thanks should be said to the developers for equipment interface panel such large cuts.They did so to all versions of the reference design.

It uses a DVI-D, one HDMI 2.0b and three DisplayPort 1.4. Possible multi-monitor configurations.

It supports the following resolutions:

  • Digital – to 7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz.

In terms of MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk additional power is simple: Eight-one connector, which provides with PCI-Express slot, up to 225 watts of power. Perhaps it would be restricted under high acceleration, the potential for which there is, but first things first.

We turn to the second part of the overall design of MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk, and our material flows smoothly in the review of LSS.

The model is constructed using liquid cooling system Corsair H55 with tiny modifications. LSS uses aluminum radiator, which dimensions – 152 x 120 x 27 mm. This model is designed for CPUs, but the engineers worked on the mount, and the cooler was installed on the graphics card.

Corsair H55 is based on the popular platform Asetek 550LC, differs a good balance of performance and cost: it is not surprising that at the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk is installed it.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

With GPU cooling radiator copes single-section, and attach it to the system unit is more convenient.

Two rubberized fabric braided hose connecting the pump-water block and the radiator. hose length is 300 mm classic.

For more details, we will study the relevant section in the LSS, please be patient.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk: Cooling system

If we talk about the complexity of the process of parsing MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk, it can be evaluated on a “C grade”: tight hoses resisting bending, aluminum radiator which slides behind the video card, and a couple dozen screws.

Under the plastic cover you can see the reference model GeForce GTX 1080 and the central cooler section replaced the pump-water block Corsair H55. But believe me, the mistake is to think that taking a reference model and set LSS company Corsair: the novelty has received significant improvements and easy replacement is not done.

In its original form the cooling system looks exactly as shown in the pictures below.

Carefully consider a decorative cover. Sideways passes small transactions backlit MSI inscriptions.

During the cooling of all the elements and chips on the circuit board corresponds to a separate plate that protrudes and stiffener attached to the rear panel.

At first glance it resembles a reference model GeForce GTX 1080 but superficial resemblance is deceptive: modified base design, redesigned mount, modified head portion in a tangential fan.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

With power transistors removes heat section, located directly beneath them. As the thermal interface used gray brittle gasket. The strength and uniformity of clamping is average.

This also migrated and some of the ribs from the front of the GeForce GTX 1080. In the matter of cooling, they do not participate as separate from the “turbine” partition.

For the active cooling part responsible tangential fan. This model is 67 x 67 x 25 mm, more detailed specifications are unknown. Lower rotor portion sealed with a soft material, which is expected to serve for the repayment of vibration. Trying to gently peel it and see the fan marked failed.

Judging from the monitoring indications, then MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk rotational speed is 1100 – 3300 rev / min, and in the case of standard design model until it reaches 4000 obmin. Perhaps the novelty has got different “turbine”, or the speed of rotation is limited by the BIOS.

Connector received a bifurcated connector, which also connects the power from the pump. A simple and elegant way.

Corsair H55 is, as it is now fashionable to say “classic NWO unattended.” New uses single-section radiator, designed for the installation of two 120 mm fans, but the bundle is provided only one spinner (although no one restricts you from expansion).

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

As-usual water block pumps used “puck» Asetek, which has repeatedly met us on the other finished LSS.

This type of cooling system scored high popularity: it is often the case, changing only the forms of cover and logo.

Ground water block processed enough quality to a certain degree specular. Present minor traces of the touch wheel and a small hump in the middle.

GPUs are used in the tenth series of GeForce GTX, use the mounting 58 x 58 mm. To do this, the developers have installed on a separate pump box with the specified dimensions, making it possible to use Corsair H55 with the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk. Enthusiasts should take note.

The rest of us to the familiar liquid cooling system, born back in 2012, finding new applications and still not lose their relevance.

Corsair H55 is equipped with one 120 mm fan with a black frame and seven transparent blades with irregular illumination.

As used turntables model Corsair Air Series SP120 LED White with CO-9050020-coded postscript MSI. On the rotor there is a sticker with the characteristics: 12 V, the current 0.26 A.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

Rotational speed – up to 1600 rev / min, static pressure – 1.6 mm of water column, the air flow – 57.24 CFM.

The dimensions of an aluminum radiator standard – 152 x 120 x 27 mm, the thickness “working fluid ‘- in this case the classic 17 mm. It consists of a flat eleven channels between which twelve rows soldered corrugated tape.

The density of edges is fairly typical for thin radiators and is 20-22 FPI.

Now we finally selected to “bekpleytu”. Virtually monolithic plate without slits and strips of desired thermal spacers that allow heat transfer from the hot areas of the PCB. It remains our wish future versions of Sea Hawk line and models with mounting plates in general.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk: Printed circuit board

MSI GeForce GTX Sea Hawk 1080 is built on the original printed circuit board reference model. Manufacturer do not have to change the design and unsoldering the last phase of supplying the graphics processor.

Note the use of quality components, compatibility with full PCB “fulkaverami” and support utilities for overclocking.

The power system is built on the classical scheme of the “5 + 1”, where five phases assigned to the graphics processor, and one – on the video memory.

As the PWM controller used uP9511P chip, widely used in the line of GeForce GTX 10×0.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

At the heart of the review of the hero became a GPU GP104-400-A1, produced on 16 nm process technology at the 30th week of 2016. It includes 2560 shaders, 64 blocks rasterization and 160 texture units.

The card is equipped with eight gigabytes of graphics memory, which scored eight chips Micron production marked 6NA77 D9TXS.

The clock speed of memory chips is 1251 MHz (effective frequency – 10 010 MHz).

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk: Test

For overclocking and temperature monitoring and fan speed used proprietary utility MSI Afterburner v4.3.0.

Stability Testing of accelerators work during ramp-up was carried out MSI Kombustor 3.5.2.1 Utility (GPU Burn-in mode, 1920 x 1080). These frequencies were tested further test runs Heaven Benchmark v 4.0 c extreme tessellation levels and graphics tests of the 3DMark 2013.

To check the temperature of video cards in an environment close to everyday life, used in Heaven BenchMark v4.0 (quality: ultra, tessellation: extreme, AA8x, 1920 x 1080) and 2013 3DMark Fire Strike.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal

The noise level was measured using a digital sound level meter TM-102 with an accuracy of measurements is not more than 0.5 dB. Measurements were taken from a distance of 0.3 m of the background noise level in the room -. Not more than 28 dBA. All the system fans, including installed in the power supply disconnected. The graphs border conditional quietness for the system is determined at the level of 30.5 dBA limit of conditional comfort – 37 dBA. The room temperature was 25 degrees Celsius.

Additionally, it takes readings of power consumption by using a power meter Robiton PM-2 and IR thermometer Fluke 59 MAX PCB temperature.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk: Standard frequency and overclocking

Model MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk is equipped with a liquid cooling system that allows to hope for record results and a high factory overclock. Increasing clock frequency is available, but the value is not as grand, what you would expect.

The core frequency increased from 1607 MHz to 1683 MHz, in the Boost mode – from 1733 MHz to 1823 MHz, in the new game is accelerated to 1962 MHz. The modest performance graphics card in its class. However, we have just begun to study MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk and found not all of its features.

For this type of fan stop devices are not available, “turbine” is rotated with a minimum of 1 100 r / min and the chopper at the Corsair H55 CBO regulated motherboard, which is connected to the connector Sys_fan # 1.

In my case, the following results were obtained on a stand with MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard.

As you can imagine, they can be conditionally divided into the “Quiet”, “Balance” and “Performance”.

To complete the picture, multiple tests and temperature measurements were carried out in all possible variations, so that readers can accurately assess the graphics capabilities. I do not know about you, but to me these details on other resources are not met  .

In idle mode parameters were as follows:

  • 29 ° C and 1100/1020 rev / min when using MS Office documents;
  • 30 ° C and 1100/1020 when watching videos and surfing the internet.

We turn to the most interesting stage. The benchmark Heaven Benchmark 4.0 with maximum graphics settings in automatic mode SB card demonstrated high performance and efficiency of the hybrid cooling system.

By the end of the test MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk warmed to 55 ° C with a tangential fan speed 1475 rev / min and automatic operation of the fan heatsink Corsair H55 (~ 1050 r / min). VRM zone temperature was 80 ° C. Further growth in the value of T associated with the liquid in the circuit, which is gradually warmed, and after 20 minutes was fixed at around 58 ° C.

The next fifteen runs 3DMark Fire Strike in “stability test”, which, as experience has shown, proved superior to load graphics accelerators.

At first glance, the results are identical. But all the surprises and possible modernization are waiting for you ahead.

And Now for amateur.

The first resort to manual overclocking, which amounted to 137 MHz core and 125 MHz memory. It is worth emphasizing that in the load card kept exposed confident enough frequency.

To obtain these results tangential fan was fixed to 55% or 1800 rev / min to keep the power subsystem temperature at around 80 ° C.

Thanks to the user under the nickname Abuser and its topography was revealed a curious fact: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk uses BIOS reference version understated restriction on energy consumption. TDP level is 190 watts versus 217 watts wilderness at the peak of 225 watts. And you say, only AMD cards can boast such a feature.

The question arises: why do developers as quality graphics, which in addition is equipped with a productive cooling system, to make sacrifices? Is it designed only for the silence? Let’s try to do better.

Alternatively, for further overclocking BIOS firmware used models Inno3D iChiLL GeForce GTX 1080 X3. There and factory overclock higher and limits completely different.

Now the average 230 watts, while the maximum teplopaket can reach 260 watts. I remember the horror stories about the Radeon RX 480: TDP package sewn at around 150 watts, and the model of “eat” all of 180 watts. Do not burn? Now we check it.

To begin with a smooth and stable operation of the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk. Video card was overclocked to 2000 MHz without any drawdown at a comfortable level of noise and heat.

Interestingly, in the case of Inno3D iChiLL GeForce GTX 1080 X3 impeller speed is limited to 1550 rev / min, but this you will learn the material dedicated to this model, which is being prepared.

What about overclocking? On the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk was able to achieve even the extra 41 MHz on the core and the final result reached 2126-2152 MHz! All turntables worked on 100%, that for 1550 and 1650 rev / min comfortable enough.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk: Cooling capacity

The following is a graph of the temperature of the GPU / system power and noise of the cooling fans. This video card is deprived of nutrition subsystem sensors, readings were taken using infrared thermometer.

The results of the research capacity of the cooling system.

More than fifty iterations of tests and measurements demonstrate all the features of MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk hybrid cooling system. It is worth noting that the developers have set up profiles SB algorithms well enough to interfere with their work makes little sense no: feature is only undervalued threshold TDP. We emphasize and quiet operation of the pump.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk: electricity consumption

Schedule of all electricity consumed in the stand depending on the video card GPU working frequency and voltage.

Power system W

Power consumption in 2D was measured at idle system (on the desktop). Testing in Heaven BenchMark 4.0 was carried out at the following settings – quality: ultra, tessellation: extreme, AA8x, 1920 x 1080; MSI Kombustor – 2xMSAA, 1920 x 1080 resolution.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk: Conclusion

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk is a good attempt to present a model of the two companies with a cooling system that combines air and liquid cooling principles. However, enthusiasts have long been doing a something similar with its graphics, but in this case the producers do it on an industrial scale, supplying their offspring not only attractive design, but also an official guarantee.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk turned out quite interesting graphics with well thought-out design of the cooler and mounting, high quality performance, low noise levels and comfortable temperatures. Unfortunately, no comments could not have done it and low for such a model factory overclocking, and limitation in the BIOS, and the cost.

We can only say that in testing the new product has proved to be a good side and showed a high efficiency of the hybrid cooling system. However, such models take not only silence, but also high-acceleration, and here you will be faced with restrictions and seek their removal.

Source: msi

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk Review and test: cool Pascal was last modified: December 5th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby