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With triple fan and overlength: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio in review

Take the board of the , enlarge the cooler so that three fans fit on it, adjust the board accordingly and cool the majority of the voltage converters directly for the first time - the Gaming X Trio is ready, which has the space between the norma... MSI relies on a rather tidy multi-layer board with a somewhat unconventional design, which was probably also developed from a thermal point of view. The board of revision 6 corresponds approximately to revision 2, as it ... Benchmarks in 2560 x 1440 pixels We have deliberately dispensed with Full HD (1920 x 1080p) as the card runs into the CPU limit even in the highest settings. In WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), on the other hand, the actual working environment and the kar... Benchmarks in 3840 x 2160 pixels The card is also significantly faster in this high resolution than a GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition or GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition. TitanX (Pascal) in Nvidia reference design. Overall, many titles are quite good in UH... Power consumption at different loads The power consumption in the gaming loop is pretty much exactly on the point that MSI set as the power target with 285 watts in the BIOS. In the Torture loop, the power consumption even drops below this value. Auc... Overclocking Manual overclocking with air cooling is average, if you can withstand the fan, which then works at a slightly over 2500 rpm at maximum speed. On the one hand, of course, as always, we have the GPU lottery, on the other hand, we have... Cooling system and backplate The special feature is the use of a now more shortened "sandwich" system, which uses a kind of cooling and stabilization frame between the top of the board and the actual heat sink. That's what you're doing now ... Summary A lot helps a lot, so much is already certain. With the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio, MSI not only improves the old Gaming X, but for the first time relies on a new cooling system, THE VR MOSFETs, coils and also the capacitors...

Take the board of the , enlarge the cooler so that three fans fit on it, adjust the board accordingly and cool the majority of the voltage converters directly for the first time – the Gaming X Trio is ready, which has the space between the normal Gaming X and the Lightning (X and Z).

This is the first time MSI has abandoned the sandwich design with a continuous cooling and stabilization frame between the actual cooler and the board and now prefers to cool critical areas directly.

Since the actual performance of all board partner cards depends more on the actual boost clock achieved, and thus causally depends on the cooling, the power target and above all the quality of the respective chip, any test based only on benchmark bars is more of a Random snapshot of a single specimen. This is precisely why we have focused on the actual technical implementation of each model and have been able to document this very well with our equipment.

Unboxing, dimensions and connections

The accessories are not only limited to the usual three-handers such as DVD, manual and 8-pin adapters, but also includes a VGA stand due to the extremely high weight of the card. We will discuss the exact board and cooling design separately later. The most important features are first summarized in a table:

Overview of installation dimensions, features and connections
Installation length:
33.0 cm (slot aperture to end cover)
Installation height:
13.5 cm (upper edge slot to top card)
4.5 cm (2.5 slot)
0.5 cm baking plate
1483 grams
Backplate: Yes, without passive cooling function
Cooling: Air
Horizontally aligned cooling fins
2x 10 cm fan modules (9.7 cm rotor diameter)
1x 9 cm fan module (8.5 cm rotor diameter)
14 rotor blades
semi-passive lyrised
Connections Slot blend:
2x DisplayPort 1.4
2x HDMI 2.0
1x Dual-Link DVI-I
Other shots:
2x SLI Connector
Power supply:
2x 8-pin PCI-Express

Exterior views

Let's start by looking at the map from the outside. MsI, like many others, is relying this time on a matte, graphite-coloured plastic cover that is haptic and visually fine. Color applications outside the RGB light effects, such as the well-known MSI red, are searched in vain with this map.

The backplate is purely for the look and carries an RGB backlit logo and an illuminated edge. The two 8-pin sockets of the external power supply are installed rotated by 180°. The logo on the top is also equipped with an RGB backlight and can of course also be customized by means of its own software.

The cooling fins are vertically aligned, which pushes the exhaust air undirected against the top of the motherboard and the front panel of the case.

In addition to the two DisplayPort jacks, the connectors are based on two HDMI outputs, which is e.g. VR glasses, of course. The Dual-Link DVI connector is a nice, but now hardly necessary entry.


The GPU-Z screenshot shows us the most important key data in advance, whereby the actual boost achieved was of course higher with our model. This in turn relativizes such theoretical data a little, so that we really want to refer to the following test results later:

Finally, the whole thing again as a tabular comparison to the other relevant graphics card models:

GTX 1080 Ti FE
GTX 1080
Ti Gaming X
GTX 1080 FE
GTX 980 Ti
GP102 GP102 GP104 GM200
CUDA cores
3584 3584 2560 2816
Base clock 1480 MHz 1544 MHz
1607 MHz 1000 MHz
Boost clock
1582 MHz+ 1658 MHz
1733 MHz+ 1076 MHz+
Memory Size & Type
11 GByte
11 GByte
8 GByte
6 GByte
The size
471 mm2 471 mm2 314 mm2 601 mm2
16 nm 16 nm 16 nm 28 nm
12 billion 12 billion 7.2 billion 8 billion
Streaming Multiprocessors (SM)
28 28
20 22
GFLOPS (basic clock)
10.609 11.247
8.228 5.632
Texture Units
224 224 160 176
Texture fill rate
331.5 GT/s 345.9 GT/s
257.1 GT/s 214 GT/s
88 88
64 96
Pixel fill rate
130.24 GPix/s 135.9 GPix/s
114.2 GPix/s 116.7 GPix/s
Storage data rate
11 Gbps 11 Gbps 10 Gbps 7 Gbps
Storage bus
352 bits 352 bits 256 bits 384 bits
Memory bandwidth
484.4 GByte/s 484.4 GByte/s 320 GByte/s 336 GByte/s
L2 cache
2816 KByte 2816 KByte 2 MByte 3 MByte
250 watts 285 Watt (PT)
180 watts 250 watts

Test system and measurement methods

The new test system and the methodology have already been described in great detail in the basic article "How We Test Graphics Cards" (English: "How We Test Graphics Cards") and therefore, for the sake of simplicity, we now only refer to this detailed Description. So if you want to read everything again, you are welcome to do so. However, we have improved CPU and cooling once again in order to largely exclude possible CPU bottle necks for this fast card.

If you are interested, the summary in table form quickly provides a brief overview:

Test systems and measuring rooms
Intel Core i7-6900K -4.3GHz
MSI X99S XPower Gaming Titanium
Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200
1x 1 TByte Toshiba OCZ RD400 (M.2, System SSD)
2x 960 GByte Toshiba OCZ TR150 (Storage, Images)
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11, 850-watt power supply
Windows 10 Pro (all updates)
Alphacool Ice Block XPX
Alphacool Ice Age 2000 Chiller
2x Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM (Closed Case Simulation)
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (for cooler change)
Lian Li PC-T70 with expansion kit and modifications
Modes: Open Benchtable, Closed Case
Monitor: Eizo EV3237-BK
Power consumption:
non-contact DC measurement on the PCIe slot (Riser-Card)
non-contact DC measurement on the external PCIe power supply
Direct voltage measurement on the respective feeders and on the power supply
2x Rohde & Schwarz HMO 3054, 500 MHz multi-channel oscillograph with memory function
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZO50, current togor adapter (1 mA to 30 A, 100 KHz, DC)
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZ355, touch divider (10:1, 500 MHz)
1x Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012, digital multimeter with storage function
Optris PI640, infrared camera
PI Connect evaluation software with profiles
NTI Audio M2211 (with calibration file)
Steinberg UR12 (with phantom power for the microphones)
Creative X7, Smaart v.7
own low-reflection measuring room, 3.5 x 1.8 x 2.2 m (LxTxH)
Axial measurements, perpendicular to the center of the sound source(s), measuring distance 50 cm
Noise in dBA (Slow) as RTA measurement
Frequency spectrum as a graph

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