Featuring a pre-installed EK Full-Cover water block that connects to a custom water loop, a CoolStream PE radiator, Vardar fans, a DDC pump, an overclocked core, slightly overclocked memory, and based on NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 30th Anniversary Graphics Card provides major improvements in performance, memory bandwidth, and power efficiency over its predecessor, the high-performance Maxwell architecture. It also introduces innovative graphics features and technologies that redefine the computer as the platform for playing AAA games and taking full advantage of virtual reality via NVIDIA VRWorks.
The front panel of the card features a variety of outputs. There are three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs in addition to an HDMI 2.0b output and a DVI-D Dual-Link output. The GTX 1080 is not just about high-resolution gaming. Computationally intensive programs can utilize the GPU's 1920 cores to accelerate tasks using CUDA or other APIs.
The 30th Anniversary comes with a pre-installed water block out of the box. Encased the shielded by a precision crafted aluminum cover, the full cover EK waterblock keeps the entire card cool. The card comes with a CoolStream PE radiator, which combines EK's unique CSQ design with the improved radiator core engine. The radiator is optimized for maximum heat dissipation across the entire operational range of the fans. The Vardar high-static pressure fans were designed specifically for liquid cooling systems. With low noise profile and PWM technology built in, the system always controls the RPM and keeps the fans silent while maintaining cool temperatures. The DDC pump can provide full performance on demand or quiet operation in idle mode, thanks to power management control via PWM. Despite a remarkably small footprint, the pump provides high flow rates. An integrated Fan splitter hub reduces cable clutter and keeps the unit aesthetically clean. There is also a backplate and a LED illuminated MSI logo, which can be controlled with the MSI Gaming App.