Date Joined: 11/04/01
Pros: - Nvidia 1080ti
Cons: - Inadequate cooling. The heatsink is far too small for a 1080ti, and it runs several degrees hotter than any other 1080ti.
- No backplate
- Flimsier than all the other MSI 1080ti cards. Even the cardboard in the packaging is thinner!!
Overall Review: I have utilized numerous MSI products, including 1080ti based video cards, like the Duke and the Gaming X, and they are generally robust and well-built. However this Armor card is a big step down from those. It is physically smaller and thinner than other MSI cards, but it's still bigger than an EVGA 1080ti SC2, and the EVGA has a backplate, a larger heatsink (despite the card itself being smaller than the Armor) and the EVGA runs cooler.
All of this means that the Armor probably won't last as long, since the biggest enemy of these cards is heat. I realize that it has the same 3 year warranty as the Duke and Gaming X, but the best warranty is the one you don't need to use.
I mentioned the packaging too. The cardboard is maybe half as thick as the Duke or Gaming X. Obviously the packaging doesn't affect performance, but it's a detail that shows this is a lower tier item, so it actually does matter.
Overall, while it is a 1080ti card, it has more in common with 1070 and even 1060 cards than other 1080 ti cards.
Unfortunately, I can't recommend it.
Pros: Computer found it instantly, worked great with an extension cable, setup took seconds! The PC I installed it on had 2 old DOS programs and a redirection utility worked like a charm.
Comments: At first I was a little skeptical because the board offered a lot of features at a low price (ethernet, sound, video, plenty of slots and both SDRAM and DDR support). In my experience, many boards that focus on features for the dollar are either slow or unstable.
However, after I installed as a replacement in an 1100 Athlon PC where the board went bad, it was rock-solid. I used the Radeon AGP card I had before, and everything worked faster as well. Also, I reused the PC133 SDRAM that I had before.
After leaving it on for 48 hours with no problem, I overclocked the bus to 133 (as easy as changing one jumper on the board), so now the 1100 is a 1466. It has been on for over 2 weeks with absolutely no freezes, reboots or OS errors! The CPU runs quite cool with the original AMD fan.
Although I buy from Newegg all the time, this is my first post, and I am really impressed. I would gladly recommend this board to anybody with an Athlon CPU.