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MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio review – Quiet, fast, colorful, cool and heavy | igorsLAB

I took a closer look at the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio and found that it is a bit different from the larger map in the board and also in the cooler. This doesn't even have to be a disadvantage in terms of performance and cooling, if you just do it smartly enough. But for that I have the test and colorful enough the map is always...

I took a closer look at the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio and found that MSI does not offer a recycled shrinkage of the already tested GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio, but is already a bit of a bigger part of the board and also the cooler. Map distinguishes. This doesn't even have to be a disadvantage in terms of performance and cooling, if you just do it smartly enough. But for that I have the test and colorful enough the card is always.

The 1525 heavy card is a whopping 32.5 cm long, measures 13.5 cm from top edge slot panel to top edge graphic card case and is 5 cm thick. In addition, there is another 0.5 cm for the backplate in brush look. This allows it to quickly encounter space problems if the housings are too small. The cover is made of plastic in the base and of course there is still a lot of (background) illuminated area on the front and bottom, which can be regulated by driver and can also be switched off . This includes the GeForce logo on the top.

The sheer length also results from the fan assembly with two 9.5 cm fans and an 8.5 cm fan, all with 14 rotor blades, the cooling fins of the approximately one kilo heavy heat sink are arranged vertically and in two blocks. A thick 8 mm heat pipe and five 6 mm heatpipes then distribute the waste heat to the said cooling fins.

The connection options are analogous to the reference of the normal average. You are offered three DisplayPort1.4, one HDMI2.0 and USB-C jack on the slot panel. MsI delivers this card in contrast to the larger GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio with "only" two external ATX power supply connections, which you can also need. But more on that. MSI gives the card a maximum power limit of 285 watts, ex works a Power Target of 260 watts is preset.

The screenshot of GPU-Z gives us a first impression:


Technical data and comparison maps

At the end of this introduction, the maps of the new generation and those of the old generation in direct tabular comparison:

Nvidia GeForce
RTX 2080 Ti
Nvidia GeForce
GTX 1080 Ti
GeForce RTX 2080
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 2080
Nvidia GeForce
GTX 1080
Architecture (GPU)
Turing (TU102) Pascal (GP102) Turing (TU104) Turing (TU104) Pascal (GP104)
CUDA Cores
4352 3584 2944 2944 2560
544 No 368 368 No
68 No 48 48 No
Texture Units
272 224 184 184 160
Basic clock
1350 MHz 1480 MHz 1515 MHz 1515 MHz 1607 MHz
Boost clock
1635 MHz 1582 MHz 1860 MHz 1800 MHz 1733 MHz
Storage bus
352-bit 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory bandwidth
616 GB/s 484 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 320 GB/s
88 88 64 64 64
L2 Cache
5.5MB 2.75MB 4MB 4MB 2MB
260W 250w 250w 225W 180w
18.6 billion 12 billion 13.6 MRD 13.6 billion 7.2 billion
Chip size
754 mm2 471 mm2 545mm2 545 mm2 314 mm2
SLI Support
Yes (x8 NVLink, x2) Yes (MIO) Yes (x8 NVLink) Yes (x8 NVLink) Yes (MIO)

Test system and measurement methods

We have already described the new test system and the methodology in detail in the basic article "How We Test Graphics Cards, as of February 2017" and therefore refer to this detailed basis for simplicity. Description. So if you want to read everything again, you are welcome to do so. However, we have again improved CPU and cooling to largely exclude possible CPU bottlenecks 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 i7-8700K x 5 GHz
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
16GB KFA2 DDR4 4000 Hall of Fame
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
Alphacool Ice Block XPX
5x 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
Operating system Windows 10 Pro (1803, all updates)

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Igor Wallossek

Editor-in-chief and name-giver of igor'sLAB as the content successor of Tom's Hardware Germany, whose license was returned in June 2019 in order to better meet the qualitative demands of web content and challenges of new media such as YouTube with its own channel.

Computer nerd since 1983, audio freak since 1979 and pretty much open to anything with a plug or battery for over 50 years.

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