MSI GTX 1080 "Sea Hawk" with pre-installed EK water block & backplate - £499.99 @ Amazon
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MSI GTX 1080 "Sea Hawk" with pre-installed EK water block & backplate - £499.99 @ Amazon

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Found 10th Aug 2017Edited by:"robodan918"
Good price on this for those looking between AMD Vega which should retail for about £500 without a water cooling block (extra 100 on average) and competes with the 1080. I haven't found a full waterblock for the 1080 below 70, even on ebay. That brings the price of this card to about 400 at retail, 430 if you factor in cheapest waterblock.
Price to performance is good too. 2761479.jpg
Edit also at overclockers: overclockers.co.uk/msi…tag
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why such the fall? New architecture being released soon?
giorgiomrapetti20 m ago

why such the fall? New architecture being released soon?


well the 1080TI was released mid-March 2017, so we're probably another 9 months+ away from NVidia Volta reaching store shelves

The price drop by 200 in March is explained by 1080TI release
the price drop by about 100 is explained by Vega release coming on Aug 14th. Benchmarks show Vega neck and neck with GTX1080 (which is actually kind of disappointing).

Most GTX1080 cards go between 430-500 now, and this is watercooled with a quality block saving you that time/money. Hence, deal.

I'm headed to the channel islands in late August where they don't pay VAT, so I'll probably pick one up then (either Vega 64 or this card)
robodan91822 m ago

well the 1080TI was released mid-March 2017, so we're probably another 9 …well the 1080TI was released mid-March 2017, so we're probably another 9 months+ away from NVidia Volta reaching store shelvesThe price drop by 200 in March is explained by 1080TI releasethe price drop by about 100 is explained by Vega release coming on Aug 14th. Benchmarks show Vega neck and neck with GTX1080 (which is actually kind of disappointing).Most GTX1080 cards go between 430-500 now, and this is watercooled with a quality block saving you that time/money. Hence, deal.I'm headed to the channel islands in late August where they don't pay VAT, so I'll probably pick one up then (either Vega 64 or this card)


Thanks for the heads up, I havn't been following releases on new architecture recently.
Anybody invested in water should be ponying up for a Ti.

The Vega 56 apparently beats the 1070 by quite a margin and assuming they hit £370-400 I'd recommend that, unless a 1080Ti is in budget.

The 1070 is good for 1440p and the 1080 isn't strong enough for solid 4K.
The_Hoff49 m ago

Anybody invested in water should be ponying up for a Ti.The Vega 56 …Anybody invested in water should be ponying up for a Ti.The Vega 56 apparently beats the 1070 by quite a margin and assuming they hit £370-400 I'd recommend that, unless a 1080Ti is in budget.The 1070 is good for 1440p and the 1080 isn't strong enough for solid 4K.


1080TI + waterblock would be about 800 min, more like 850
IMHO, 20% performance increase isn't worth a 300-350 quid bump
Hurrahha!
As the OP commented, the inexorable advance of tech is pushing prices down against the mining induced increase!
robodan91851 m ago

1080TI + waterblock would be about 800 min, more like 850IMHO, 20% …1080TI + waterblock would be about 800 min, more like 850IMHO, 20% performance increase isn't worth a 300-350 quid bump


That's not what I was saying. My point was if you're invested in water (I.e you already have it) you should pick up a Ti. I paid £608 for mine, but they're regularly £650.

The GTX is about to be equaled and it's a bad time to buy, plus they don't run anywhere near as hot as a Ti so don't benefit from water in the same way.

The Ti is a good 25-35% faster, if VR is your thing it makes a big difference with super-sampling, see here:

roadtovr.com/nvi…ng/

For people that don't have water already buying a GTX at £500 plus the cost of the system you'd be better off not using a block and just choosing a Ti.
Edited by: "The_Hoff" 10th Aug 2017
If you are intent on buying Vega Don't forget to factor in the money you will likely need on top for a 750w PSU if you don't already own one.

Its got a 300w TDP which is just ridiculous for something that's only just competing with an upper mid range card that was released over 12 months ago in this day and age.

Oh but wait until the new drivers are released. That should be written on AMD's tomb.
Ev0lution8 m ago

If you are intent on buying Vega Don't forget to factor in the money you …If you are intent on buying Vega Don't forget to factor in the money you will likely need on top for a 750w PSU if you don't already own one. Its got a 300w TDP which is just ridiculous for something that's only just competing with an upper mid range card that was released over 12 months ago in this day and age.Oh but wait until the new drivers are released. That should be written on AMD's tomb.


videocardz.com/717…nce

GTX's will get reduced further.

Vega TDP isn't as efficient no, but it under volts well seemingly. Plus I don't think you need a 750w by a long shot. A decent quality single railed 600w will be more than ample.
Got the ti version of this card. Absolutely awesome card.
Ev0lution4 h, 18 m ago

If you are intent on buying Vega Don't forget to factor in the money you …If you are intent on buying Vega Don't forget to factor in the money you will likely need on top for a 750w PSU if you don't already own one. Its got a 300w TDP which is just ridiculous for something that's only just competing with an upper mid range card that was released over 12 months ago in this day and age.Oh but wait until the new drivers are released. That should be written on AMD's tomb.


Luckily, I picked up a seasonic x750 (80 plus gold, fully modular) for £80 last year on a hukd deal... But really, I can technically run two 300w tdp cards with the 65w i7-6700 I have, so it's slightly overkill/future proofing

You can get away with a decent 550w and vega

Also, I agree with your disappointment in vega, however I'll also probably pick up a vega nano if it can match the compactness and tdp of my r9 fury nano, while retaining vega64 performance. The r9 nano held the highest binned and most efficient gpus of its generation.
Edited by: "robodan918" 10th Aug 2017
robodan91818 m ago

Luckily, I picked up a seasonic x750 (80 plus gold, fully modular) for £80 …Luckily, I picked up a seasonic x750 (80 plus gold, fully modular) for £80 last year on a hukd deal... But really, I can technically run two 300w tdp cards with the 65w i7-6700 I have, so it's slightly overkill/future proofingYou can get away with a decent 550w and vegaAlso, I agree with your disappointment in vega, however I'll also probably pick up a vega nano if it can match the compactness and tdp of my r9 fury nano, while retaining vega64 performance. The r9 nano held the highest binned and most efficient gpus of its generation.


Won't happen. They already have the clocks for the Nano from benching, it's pretty significantly lower clock speed.

TBH at this point based on what we know the only one I'd buy is the Vega 56, assuming it's under £425 and is a solid 1440p card.

Not that I'm getting rid of my Ti for it though.
wccftech.com/fin…ed/

Judging from above it seems Vega 64 will compete against 1080.
Vega 56 vs 1070 or above.

Good luck buying the Vega 56 sub £500. The 64 is going to be priced circa £700 if you follow the Vega news trail.

Personally at these prices pointless to ditch a TI unless you can sell it for 600-700 quid. Which could be the cost of a budget pc. I did consider Vega for my new system but £500+ is too much.

As for price on this card. Market priced it as a low of £674 six months back. Other retailers are selling thsi circa £560-637 now. So £499 is a good price. Looks like many places have been out of stock for a while.

Note Overclockers have it at £499 too.
overclockers.co.uk/msi…BwE
Edited by: "gummby" 11th Aug 2017
robodan91810th Aug

Luckily, I picked up a seasonic x750 (80 plus gold, fully modular) for £80 …Luckily, I picked up a seasonic x750 (80 plus gold, fully modular) for £80 last year on a hukd deal... But really, I can technically run two 300w tdp cards with the 65w i7-6700 I have, so it's slightly overkill/future proofingYou can get away with a decent 550w and vegaAlso, I agree with your disappointment in vega, however I'll also probably pick up a vega nano if it can match the compactness and tdp of my r9 fury nano, while retaining vega64 performance. The r9 nano held the highest binned and most efficient gpus of its generation.




I'm sorry, but your power number estimates are really far off and dangerous suggestions.

I've stuck in the 'Vega Frontier Edition' into a very typical computer

outervision.com/pow…tor

7700k OC'd to 5 ghz, 10% OC on the vega card, 1 ssd, 1 hdd, 1 dvd, 1 sound card, 4 fans.

Recommended watts is 691 W.

For two Vega frontiers, 1053 W.

If you want to sit here and say to people that you can run a Vega card on a 550w system, you better be here for the tech support when it fails on the majority of 550w systems.

I think you are the only person who I have seen make this bold prediction, and I would say, it is a poor recommendation.
Nate14923 h, 1 m ago

I'm sorry, but your power number estimates are really far off and …I'm sorry, but your power number estimates are really far off and dangerous suggestions.I've stuck in the 'Vega Frontier Edition' into a very typical computerhttps://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator7700k OC'd to 5 ghz, 10% OC on the vega card, 1 ssd, 1 hdd, 1 dvd, 1 sound card, 4 fans.Recommended watts is 691 W.For two Vega frontiers, 1053 W.If you want to sit here and say to people that you can run a Vega card on a 550w system, you better be here for the tech support when it fails on the majority of 550w systems.I think you are the only person who I have seen make this bold prediction, and I would say, it is a poor recommendation.


lock me up
I'm dangerous
So does this one come with a stock cooler as well? Is the water block pre-installed?
Heat!!
mreriksen14th Aug

So does this one come with a stock cooler as well? Is the water block …So does this one come with a stock cooler as well? Is the water block pre-installed?Heat!!


Basically, msi are using the ek as their "stock" cooler for this sku.

I don't mind as I don't have any desire to store extra metal in my flat. It does slightly reduce your resale market though. Good thing it's a well known block maker, from an aib with decent warranty - should make it easy to sell when you're ready to upgrade to Volta
robodan91815th Aug

Basically, msi are using the ek as their "stock" cooler for this sku.I …Basically, msi are using the ek as their "stock" cooler for this sku.I don't mind as I don't have any desire to store extra metal in my flat. It does slightly reduce your resale market though. Good thing it's a well known block maker, from an aib with decent warranty - should make it easy to sell when you're ready to upgrade to Volta


Cheers mate, got the card delivered yesterday. And you are correct, comes with an ek water block only; very good looking block I must say. It appears that the board is reference design which means that reference air cooler will fit on it.
Edited by: "mreriksen" 17th Aug 2017
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