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They do, but it is not "clear" as there is a HDD / AIO cooler bracket that they are taking into account = the folded-up part in the image below.




I am looking at the photos of the case and how much clearance there is between the top of the rear IO bracket of the GPU and the side case...the gap is pretty small...I doubt there is much more than half an inch there (10-12mm).

Typical cards are 110mm high, like the Radeon pictured above, so a 120-125mm card will be able to fit, a 130-140mm one, I would doubt.

I think my best bet for a AIB right now is the Gigabyte G1 Gaming 1080 @ 115mm height, followed by the vanilla EVGA 1080 with the single fan blower @ 111mm.
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MSI lost their damn minds with these prices frankly


G1 to the rescue !
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$379 FTW.
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The price is unfortunate.... but 31dBA at full load? Color me impressed.
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Originally Posted by ChevChelios View Post

MSI lost their damn minds with these prices frankly

The MSI card is priced at $1,000 Canadian. The G1 from Gigaybyte is $120 less up here and apparently all these cards pretty much clock the same regardless of whatever VRMs, power connectors and coolers the cards are built with.
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I thought the MSI Gaming X 1080 @ 840 EUR here compared to 700 EUR G1 1080 was a local fluke, but apparently not ... MSI did overprice, smh


Gaming X is good, but its not THAT good
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I happen to own a Gaming X. There are some PCB differences between it and a Founder's Edition. The additional 6-pin power connector and extra power phases (10 on the MSI) are probably the most noteworthy.

The problem is those additional tweaks are basically addressing a non-issue. Lack of power delivery doesn't seem to be what's holding up the overclocks. I've seen a review where their Founder's Edition actually clocked higher than the Gaming X.

Where this card absolutely shines is in the noise department. Anyone saying this card is only slightly quieter than the Founder's (one review claimed a 1dB difference at load) is either hard of hearing or doing their testing in the Arctic Circle or both. I've had both cards in my system and the Gaming X is on another plane when it comes to cooling and noise output.

Throttling is not a concern because it this card is using 70*C as the threshold rather than the 81*C the Founder's cards reach before they ultimately start to throttle. At full load, in my mundane Corsair 750D, the Gaming X is inaudible where there was a distinct whoosh with the Founder's.

For the pricing, well, I'm not sure what to say. I am super-impressed with the MSI but I'd love to get my hands on the G1, Strix, or ACX to see how they compare. Even if those cards aren't as quiet they certainly are winning the price comparison. Compared to the Founder's Edition, I'd easily say this card is worth the $20 premium. Compared to the very capable looking ACX for $629 I think there could be some problems with choosing the MSI.

I normally don't give much of a look to MSI's cards but I wanted an aftermarket 1080 and so here I am. I absolutely know I overpaid but I'm still happy with the outcome.
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I don't like what MSI did with cooling solutions since they introduced their Gaming series with 6xx cards. They went cheap. It just doesn't perform as well as some other cards, from Gigabyte, Sapphire ...

Gaming series did perform marginally worse than the TFIII series in the 6xx era. But doesn't perform as well as gigabyte and sapphire? The only reason those GB and sapphire coolers are better is because they're noisy rolleyes.gif
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Gaming series did perform marginally worse than the TFIII series in the 6xx era. But doesn't perform as well as gigabyte and sapphire? The only reason those GB and sapphire coolers are better is because they're noisy rolleyes.gif

The coolers on my 970 G1's were very quiet at %100. I had to put my head down next to the case with the side panel off to hear them. I am not in a quiet room but the cards were much more quiet than the rest of the fans in my case. I think they are all pretty close to each other in normal operating conditions.
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The coolers on my 970 G1's were very quiet at %100. I had to put my head down next to the case with the side panel off to hear them. I am not in a quiet room but the cards were much more quiet than the rest of the fans in my case. I think they are all pretty close to each other in normal operating conditions.

Well, lucky to have other noisy stuff to drown the noise out. Isn't the minimum fan speed still 1500-1600RPM?
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