New liquid-cooled MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X arrives

The MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X is MSI's premium liquid-cooled model, which has been officially announced for a few months now, but it is not until now that it has hit the market. Let's see their main features and what they have to offer users.

The new MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X is here, wish you could buy one.

MSI's Sea Hawks are quite well known, but this graphics card is basically the first model in the RTX 30 family to be launched under this range, and therefore it is the first proposal cooled in this way by MSI. All this in a context in which the brand is launching its first liquid CPU coolers, such as the new MSI MPG Coreliquid K360, which we were able to analyze on the web.

Therefore, we can expect relevant improvements in the cooling used, and precisely what we have in this MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X is a 240mm radiator, compared to the 120mm we are used to in graphics cards. An understandable move given the high consumption that the RTX 3080 can reach, even more so if it is overclocked. All this with a new low profile pump manufactured by Asetek, one of the most relevant RL manufacturers on the market.

This cooling solution allows Zero Frozr to be used, that is, the semi-passive mode of MSI graphics, turning off all fans when the GPU is below a certain temperature. The liquid-cooled radiator should help quite a bit in this regard, although we don't have details on the temperature at which they will turn off.

The MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X comes factory-overclocked at 1785MHz, which is a tiny change from the benchmark 1710MHz, but something we're used to. So the key will be in the capabilities of the VRM, which we do not know since there are no images of the PCB, and the cooling system, which certainly seems quite powerful. What we do know is that it will be powered by two 8-pin PCI Express connectors.

We are waiting for an equivalent model of RTX 3090 to be launched, or even RTX 3070, as they have not been announced so far. Nor do we know anything about the possible launch of a Sea Hawk “no X”, which would be the same but with lower clock frequencies.

What we certainly do know is that it will not be easy to acquire one of these graphics cards, no matter how much they have already been launched on the market, due to the low stock that we see in general. These types of liquid-cooled models usually cost considerably more than the normal price, and these prices are already completely skyrocketing. So we hope to see this new model in stores soon at a reasonable price, hopefully within a few months.

What do you think of the new MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X? Would you buy it?

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