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MSI GTX 1080 TI ARMOR 11G vs PNY GTX 1070 XLR8 Gaming OC

Hi guys,

I need to choose between those 2 cards, i know that 1080TI is far better for gaming, but i read in many websites about the overheating problem. People are making a lot of bad reviews about it, only 2 fans for a 1080Ti ( the PNY 1070 XLR8 has 3 fans ), and fans dump hot air into the case. Even some people are advising to add a water cooler to support the heat of this card.

So what do you think ? Should i take the risk and buy the 1080TI armor or save my money and buy the PNY 1070 XLR8 G

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Buy the 1080ti and immediately replace the thermal paste after you test if it works upon arrival.

 

People are complaining about these cards thermals because the paste MSI uses is generic Chinese garbage and dries out/cracks within 4-6 months sitting unused (which most  of them are by now since RTX 20xx cards are priority and mining declines have created extra stock).

Simple solution would be to use some reputable thermal paste and enjoy your awesome card!

 

Zotac has a GTX 1080ti mini that's about 2/3 the size of this MSI card, the thermals are absolutely fine.

It's all about how well it transfers said heat and if the thermal compound isn't standard then you're gonna have a bad time. 

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3 hours ago, Chronified said:

Buy the 1080ti and immediately replace the thermal paste after you test if it works upon arrival.

 

People are complaining about these cards thermals because the paste MSI uses is generic Chinese garbage and dries out/cracks within 4-6 months sitting unused (which most  of them are by now since RTX 20xx cards are priority and mining declines have created extra stock).

Simple solution would be to use some reputable thermal paste and enjoy your awesome card!

 

Zotac has a GTX 1080ti mini that's about 2/3 the size of this MSI card, the thermals are absolutely fine.

It's all about how well it transfers said heat and if the thermal compound isn't standard then you're gonna have a bad time. 


So you don't think that this card needs a water cooling system ?

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