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MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Review


MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Testing:

Finding out just how much gaming FPS performance the MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio can deliver will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will be testing the cards at their stock speeds to see how they stack up and will test each one to find the maximum stable overclock. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. Resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 will be used.


Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Intel 8th Generation Core i7 8700K
  • CPU Cooling: Custom water cooling from EK
  • Motherboard: MSI Z370 Pro Carbon Gaming AC
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3600Mhz
  • Video Cards: MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio
  • Power Supply: Corsair Rx 1000i
  • Hard Drive: OCZ Trion 150 Primary, OCZ Vector 128GB x4 RAID 0
  • Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
  • OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit


Comparison Video Cards:



  • MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio: 2062MHz Core, 2997MHz Memory

Over time, NVIDIA's 16nm FinFET silicon has matured somewhat and is resulting in higher core clock speeds when you start pushing the clocks. By using MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility, version 4.4, I was able to finally get a stable 2100MHz core clock speed on a card when I looked at the MSI GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8G. After looking at that card I had high hopes for this card and I was somewhat rewarded with a stable core clock speed of 2062MHz or 50MHz higher than the last two GTX 1080 Ti cards I have looked at. It took a voltage boost to get stable, but with the cooling capabilities of the Tri Frozer Cooler, thermals were not an issue. Using Afterburner to manage the clock speeds, power limit, and fan speeds allow the end user to get the most from their card(s).

Overclocking of the 11GB of high-speed G5X memory was fairly easy as well, but I could not breach the 3000MHz barrier. The end result was a +491MHz boost for a final memory speed of 2997MHz or a 11988MHz effective data rate. It seems that G5X scaling is continuing on a predictable path. MSI keeps leaving a bit of meat on the bone for those willing to put in the effort to go and get the added performance.


Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for thirty minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were re-run until they passed a full hour of testing.

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Fallout 4
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  4. Tom Clancy's The Division
  5. Hitman (2016)
  6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  7. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
  8. Destiny 2
  9. DOOM (2016)
  10. Watch Dogs 2
  11. For Honor
  12. 3DMark
  13. VRMark


  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption

  1. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio: Specifications & Features
  3. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Testing: Fallout 4, Battlefield 1, Ghost Recon Wildlands
  5. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Testing: Tom Clancy's The Division, Hitman (2016)
  6. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Testing: The Witcher III, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Destiny 2
  7. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Testing: DOOM (2016), Watch Dogs 2
  8. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Testing: For Honor, 3DMark, VRMark
  9. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Testing: Temperatures & Power Consumption
  10. MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Conclusion:
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