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A Closer Look At MSI's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8G

All of hardware in MSI's Titanium line-up follow the same general design principles. Most obviously, they're dominated by matte silver surfaces. Aesthetically similar motherboards are already available, and now we have a matching graphics card to go with them.

We have to wonder: does the GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X's cooler work just as well for the lower-end 1070 Ti, or is its thermal performance overkill for a 180W TDP?

Specifications

Exterior

As you can see, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8G's exterior is smattered with silver metallic accents instead of MSI's signature red splashes. Otherwise, the TwinFrozr VI cooler’s cover might as well be part of the Gaming X family. Two 10cm fans with 14 blades dominate the card’s front shroud.

The backplate’s only function is to look good. That printed dragon logo is sure to catch eyes inside a windowed chassis.

MSI arms its Titanium 8G board with eight- and six-pin auxiliary power connectors. They're rotated 180° to avoid interfering with the cooler. Also visible from the top, MSI's logo is back-lit and configurable through bundled software.

Fortunately, the cooling fins are oriented horizontally, which helps direct some exhaust out the back of your case instead of blowing it down across your motherboard.

Axial fan-based coolers typically achieve better thermal performance and make less noise than radial designs. But they recirculate hot air inside of your case, and that's a problem in small form factor PCs.

MSI exposes five display outputs through its I/O bracket, four of which can be used simultaneously in multi-monitor configurations. There's a dual-link DVI-D port, an HDMI 2.0 interface, and three DisplayPort 1.4-capable connectors. Although the remaining space back there is cut up into openings for exhausting hot air, this card doesn't rely on them to the same extent as Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition.

Cooling Solution & Backplate

The backplate sure looks nice. It also plays a part in securing the two cooling elements up front. However, the backplate doesn't help with passive cooling.

What makes this thermal solution special is its use of a shortened sandwich-like design. A cooling and retention frame sits between the PCB and heat sink's body. In addition, GPU and memory VRMs have their own separate sink.

The power circuitry's cooler is made more potent through the use of fins across the frame, adding quite a bit of surface area. These fins definitely benefit from the horizontal airflow moving through the main heat sink right above them.

A large number of pads between the chokes/caps and main cooler's fins helps draw heat away from those components. Speaking of the main sink, it delivers the same great performance we've seen from other MSI cards. A nickel-plated heat sink covers the GP104 processor, while five 6mm heat pipes and one 8mm one spread heat through the cooler's body.

Thermal Solution
Type of CoolerAir Cooling
Heat Sink
Nickel-plated GPU Heat Sink
Cooling FinsAluminum, Horizontally-Oriented, Tight Grouping
Heat Pipes1x 8mm, 5x 6mm, Nickel-plated
VRM CoolingSeparate VRM Cooler with Cooling Fins
Only MOSFETs are Cooled
RAM CoolingVia Retention Frame
Fan2x 10cm Fan (9.7cm Fan Diameter)
14 Blades
Semi-Passive Control
BackplateAluminum, Painted Silver-Metallic
No Cooling Function, Foil on the Inside

Power Supply & Components

MSI places its two memory voltage converters above eight for the GPU (giving the processor four real power phases, doubled). Because the VRMs are all lined up, the memory's VRMs end up fairly far away from the modules themselves. As a result, the hot-spot we complained about in our MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G Review is no longer an issue.

Like Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FE, this 4+2-phase design leans on uPI Semiconductor's up9511 eight-phase buck controller. It cannot address the voltage converter phases directly, so F6A4 gate drivers are used to control the UBIQ M3816Ns. These are durable dual N-channel MOSFETs with sufficient reserves in the DC/DC voltage converter category.

GPU Power Supply

PWM Controller
uP9511
uPI Semiconductor
Eight-Phase PWM Controller
Gate Driver

F6A4
Phase Doubler
& Gate Driver
VRM
M3816N
UBIQ (uPI Semiconductor)
Power MOSFET
Dual N-Channel
High- and Low-Side

Coils
SFC
Super Ferrite Choke
Lianzhen Electronics

Memory & Memory Power Supply

Modules
MT51J256M32HF-80
Micron
GDDR5, 8 Gb/s
8 Gigabit (32x 256Mb)
Eight Modules

PWM Controller
uP1641
uPI Semiconductor
Two-Phase Buck Converter
VRM
BSC0923NDI
Infineon Clone
Dual N-Channel MOSFET
High- and Low-Side
Coils
SFC
Super Ferrite Choke
Lianzhen Electronics

Other Components

Monitoring
INA3221
Monitoring Chip
Currents, Voltages

BIOS
Winbond 25Q40
Kynix Semiconductor
EEPROM
BIOS
Shunts & Filter
1x Coil (Smoothing) & Shunt per PCIe Connector (12V Input Voltage)

Other Features

Special Features
- 1x Eight-Pin + 1x Six-Pin Auxiliary Power Connector
- Filter Chokes at Entry

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