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MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Review

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MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio Testing:

Temperature Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.



  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius







Power Consumption:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.


  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts





When you look at the power consumption results, the thought might be that the thermals are going to get out of hand, even with a massive cooling system. In this case, you would be wrong, as the Tri Frozr cooling solution is doing an incredible job of keeping the GPU core cooled down. At stock speeds, the MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio delivers a 16 °C improvement over the 250W rated cooling solution on the GTX 1080 Ti FE. Even when you push the core clock speeds up and ramp the fan speeds up to 100%, MSI's cooling solution is still 10 degrees Celsius better. The large size of the cooler and trio of ball bearing equipped Torx 2.0 fans definitely work.

The power consumption on this card is significantly higher than the Founders Edition card both at stock speeds and when overclocked. When you look at the performance delivered in the games, I can see where the current is going.

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