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MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB
- Overclocked out of the box
- Excellent temperatures - no throttling
- Low fan noise
- Fans turn off in idle
- RGB illumination looks amazing
- Backplate included
- DVI port included
- HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4
- Price not entirely certain, seems a bit high currently
- Power efficiency reduced
- Memory not overclocked
- Very long triple-slot design might not fit all cases
ConclusionAfter reviewing the impressive MSI GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z I felt that I would love to see its cooler strapped to a more affordable card that doesn't come with all the overclocker's bells and whistles the majority of regular users won't ever need. It seems MSI had the same idea and released the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio. The card is based on a GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X PCB, using Gaming X clocks, but coming with the fantastic triple-slot cooler of the Lightning Z. Out of the box, the card has an 8% performance advantage over the reference GTX 1080 Ti, which is similar to other custom designs in this price segment. The Lightning Z got 10%, not a lot more if you consider the price difference. Compared to NVIDIA's GTX 1080, the difference is 32%, and the Radeon Vega 64 is a comfortable 30% behind. With such performance numbers, the GTX 1080 Ti is a good solution for 4K gaming as it can offer decent framerates in nearly all games at maximum details. MSI's GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio is huge, having three slots, taking up 32 cm in length and 14 cm in height - make sure your case has room for it. As mentioned before, a powerful thermal solution is included, which is the best cooler we've ever seen on a GTX 1080 Ti. Temperatures are excellent even with the overclock out of the box and lower than with most competing cards. At the same time, fan noise also matches the quietest GTX 1080 Tis (33 dBA), which clearly adds up to "best cooler." Personally, I would have dialed down the noise even a little bit further as there is plenty of temperature headroom to do so, but I guess MSI wanted to focus more on temperature. The Gaming X Trio also includes the idle-fan-stop feature that's essential on any modern graphics card, which stops the fans at temperatures below 60°C for the perfect noise-free experience during desktop work, Internet browsing, and light gaming. The card also comes with the best-looking RGB LED lighting design I've seen. Its LED elements are fronted by a diffuser, which gives you a soft glow and smooth color transitions. It looks mesmerizing in a G.Skill Trident Z RGB kind of way. Power consumption of the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio is higher than with the Founders Edition, but that is the case for every custom design and is due to changes in the VRM circuitry and higher clocks out of the box. Overall efficiency is roughly 15% worse than with the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition. Some of that is expected due to the overclock out of the box, and around 280 W during gaming should be no problem anyway. The good thing is that this means upgrading the power input configuration from 6+8 to 8+8 was a justified move and is not just for show like we've seen on other cards.
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Review
Conclusion Newly revised looks and a cooler that is just incredibly silent is what the Gaming X Trio is all about. The Trio positions itself in-between the Gaming X and the Lightning, and while these two products are both are already exemplary in their targeted ranges, the new Trio simply offers something new in design and cooling. Really, the performance of all these cards are roughly all the same with marginal differences, that's the same for tweakability, and while debatable audible noise levels. So what's left is purchasing choices based on silence, looks and price. I think MSI is focusing on the latter two, indications right now are that the card will roughly sit at the Gaming X pricing range at 799 USD/Euros while the card offers a cool that is just incredibly silent (but so is the regular Twinfrozr based Gaming X). We do have to advise you though that it is a long card due to that cooler, please do make sure it actually fits inside your chassis. The card is properly built and oozes quality. But granted, it's a big dude alright! Tweaking performance is good, yet remains limited to the range that Nvidia dictates - and that is the reality and micro-managed margin we look at these days. Your stress gaming temperature will sit at a nice low 66~68 Degrees C threshold, which is excellent considering what GPU lies under the hood! In my previous 1080 Ti reviews I have not recommended cards like these for 1080p gaming. I am revising that claim a bit as there are people that want 144 FPS on their 144 Hz monitor of course. Next to that, 1080p rendering with DSR enabled also can have its benefits, and this card would be perfect for that. Broadly speaking though, at 2560x1440 the card really kicks in and at this resolution the 1080 Ti actually makes a lot of sense as it has heaps of power and memory hence it is going to last you a long time. Really, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is that Wolf Titan X in disguise. Nvidia had to do something to it and decided to ditch 1 GB of memory, bringing that VRAM number to a weird 11 GB. This means slightly fewer ROPs and a rather unusual 352-bit memory bus as well. But then they do use faster DDR5X memory and slightly faster than Titan X clock frequencies. So the performance drop is immediately annihilated and in fact the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is as fast or sometimes even faster compared to the Titan X (Pascal). You've seen the numbers, for Ultra HD gamers and even 2560x1440 gamers this product works out well, really well. Overall we are impressed by the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, very much so. In closing, we feel the MSI Gaming X Trio edition GTX 1080 Ti is a truly lovely enthusiast class product. But so is the Gaming X version and realistically performance wise you are not going to see or hear any difference as yeah, that card is also very silent. As stated though, this card is intensely silent and does manage to do that at very acceptable cooling levels. You have seen the thermal images, these show good proper results as the card throughout all locations remains at relatively proper temps. If you can pick it up for the right price then we can wholeheartedly recommend it. The new Gaming X Trio might be one of the best solutions out on the market ticking all the right boxes, well aside from the price-tag slash 1080 Ti price-level of course. But this really is a top of the line product. Very nice, and we like where MSI is headed withg this new look.
Inget betygMSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO: Unboxed
Conclusion Our quick unboxing and photos of the card are ahead of my full review which I'll write over the weekend. Performance wise, don't expect anything different from this card - it should compete with the GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X, and not reach the dizzying heights of the GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z. MSI will be positioning this card for anyone who hasn't purchased a GTX 1080 Ti yet, and didn't want to wait to try and pick up the LIGHTNING Z, but didn't want to buy the now older GAMING X. Performance wise so far, we're seeing it fall right between the GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X and LIGHTNING Z cards from MSI, and that's not a bad thing. I've got it installed in my current workstation rig, which is a Core i3-7350K/GIGABYTE GA-Gaming B8-based mid-range PC that I've been using for a week or so now. Even with the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO inside mixed with a lower/mid-range Core i3 processor, I can still play Battlegrounds at 80-100FPS average at 3440x1440 on Medium details. Not bad at all, but it's mostly thanks to that GTX 1080 Ti TRIO. Inside, I've got a system with 16GB of ADATA SPECTRIX D40 DDR4 RGB RAM, which looks awesome mixed in with the Mystic Light RGB on the MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO. I've also got Corsair RGB fans filling up the rest of my system with colors, and all I can say is that its memorizing. Our full review on the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO will be up soon.