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Pros: -Awesome Twin Frzr VI Design
-Custom VRM for further overclocking headroom
-Good curved fan blades to increase more air flow
-Card barely thermal throttle at high core/memory clock speed
-Over 16 million colors to customize LED style and music effect such as breathing, flashing, double flashing, random, or no animation.
-GTX 1080 can easily achieve over 144fps+ in most game titles at 1920 x 1080 resolution, regardless game title and game settings.
-Comes with three Displayport 1.4
Cons: -Card is taller and longer
-Requires Full Tower Case to fit in this graphics card, especially with CPU air cooler and other peripheral device(s) connected simultaneously
-Requires 6-pin and 8-pin which some user may have problem fitting in mini ITX case
-LED can be turned off manually via MSI Gaming App during startup
-It produces noticeable Coil Whine as framerate is too high (144fps+), though there's nothing you can do to prevent coil whine.
Other Thoughts: -Indeed, other vendors such as ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA, Palit, etc. are also having coil whine issue since clock rate is very high due to GDDR5X Video Memory which leads inductor to produce induced vibration, and therefore, coil whine can be problematic to majority of PC gamers unless he/she put their headphones attached to its ears. But hopefully, by the time Volta GPU architecture comes out, the engineers will surely figure out how to immediately address obvious coil whine issue.
-For overclocking, I'm able to run stable 60Mhz+ Core offset and 680Mhz+ Memory offset.
-For temperature results, my card barely throttles and I have adequate airflow with Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case which usually runs between 60-70 degrees celsius.
-For noise level, the card is very silent and my fan automatically sets down to 0 when idle, although coil whine is clearly loud when gaming, even though there's nothing I can do to stop coil whine issue... for now.
-Before you make purchase of this custom GTX 1080, make sure you have Full Tower Case, otherwise the card may not fit inside nor can you connect 6-pin/8-pin PCIe connector. Of course, you can buy Founders Edition as an option if you are planning to use mini ITX as for portable build, especially living in college/university dorm room.
-Make sure you overclock your CPU, otherwise your CPU will bottleneck GTX 1080 or lower Pascal card series.
-Make sure you have at least 32GB RAM or more to prevent hitching/crashing while maximizing texture quality in-game.
All in all, it was well worth waiting over 4 years for huge upgrade with GTX 680 in the past and I am truly happy that I can max out graphics settings in Battlefield 4, Crysis 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition,Rise of the Tomb Raider, etc. In the meantime, I'll be waiting until 240Hz TN monitor comes out in 2017 which is either ASUS PG258Q or ACER XB251HQT.
Pros: -Black heatspreader
-Compatible with X99 Motherboard
Cons: -Runs 1.35V
-Requires CPU capability to run Base Clock at 125Mhz, otherwise system stability issue occurs
Other Thoughts: -Not all CPU are guaranteed to run advertised 3000Mhz if he/she is lucky.
-Some CPU may like 100Mhz Base Clock by default while some CPU may like 125Mhz or even 167Mhz Base Clock for overclocking.
-If CPU struggles at 125Mhz, try to run different RAM frequency until it's stable with default 100Mhz, and then return it, and pick different RAM model.
-Although my MSI X99A Mpower Motherboard is compatible with G.Skills Ripjaws 4 3000Mhz 32GB DDR4 RAM, I cannot even POST/Boot, and my system constantly crash/freeze. Thus, I'll be getting 3200Mhz since running 3200Mhz RAM requires Base Clock at 100Mhz; not to mention, I am using i7 5820k CPU.
Pros: -Very easy to overclock my i7 5820k at 4.7Ghz in 1.295V
-I love black and yellow sceme
-Standard LGA 2011-V3 CPU Socket
-Clear CMOS Reset button near I/O shield in case after improper overclocking via UEFI BIOS
-Very easy to enable XMP to overclock memory to 2666Mhz G.Skills DDR4 SDRAM
-Extremely easy to overclock (though requires some trial & error to get the correct amount of voltage for VCore, System Agent, Input/Output, etc.)
Cons: -I wish there's two M.2 slots in case if I want to install two Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSDs
-U.2 adapters and connectors would've been nice for an option to install U.2 NVMe SSDs
-Need more 3-Pin DC and 4-Pin PWM connectors to install more CPU fans and System Fans to keep system cool, otherwise I have to buy 3-Pin DC Y Cable adapter and/or 4-Pin PWM Y-Cable adapter
-Give us an option to reduce POST delay in the UEFI BIOS
Other Thoughts: I am extremely with this motherboard and I recently bought ASUS X99-A Motherboard which lasted for 10 months. Subsequently, my system was struggling overclocking while gaming and watching movies at the same time and ended up BSOD, and won't POST. So I contacted ASUS warranty department to give me replacement, and tried four times; however, things didn't work out very well. First, system still won't POST, second, motherboard keeps resetting the BIOS when every time I turn on the computer, third, system kept crashing, and scary news for the fourth one is that they gave me motherboard with couple of bent pins on LGA CPU socket which is absolutely unacceptable! So therefore, I returned it and had no choice but to buy this MSI X99A Mpower motherboard to stop wasting time going through technician and then escalate the case to the supervisor. Yes, they can only give me refurbished motherboard for replacement but this is unacceptable to receive the motherboard with bent pins, otherwise my CPU would be potentially damaged. Not to mention, all ASUS X99 motherboard uses custom OC socket patent pending which they simply add couple of pins to prevent dropping a lot of voltage as well as overclocking the memory in low voltage and manually adjust CPU cache ratio, but the problem is that my i7 5820k ran so hot and I was forced to run 4.5Ghz in 1.35V which runs about 92 degrees max whereas on MSI X99A Mpower motherboard can easily run 4.6Ghz in 1.42V which is about 80-82 degrees celsius, and as a result, MSI motherboard was working rock solid! So I highly recommend buyers to invest MSI motherboard, but do NOT buy new motherboards from ASUS because I think they mainly focus on aesthetics, but don't heavily focus more on quality control which is extremely crucial to all loyal customers! All in all, I am extremely happy with this motherboard after living without a computer for 3 months straight!READ FULL REVIEW