MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio 8 GB Graphics Card Review – Team Leader Has Arrived!

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PRODUCT INFO

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio

July 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $749.99 US

Conclusion - 2080 Gets Its SUPERPowers

The fastest of the three RTX SUPER cards is finally here in the form of the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER which delivers better performance than the RTX 2080 for the same price. In this review, I found out that the RTX 2080 SUPER is good enough to handle all modern titles at 1440p and 4K resolutions and the added tensor/RT performance delivers increased performance in titles that utilize NVIDIA's ray-tracing features.

In terms of design, the RTX 2080 SUPER is equipped with the fastest GDDR6 memory chips which run at 15.5 Gbps. The DRAM chips are actually 16 Gbps certified so users would have a lot of head-room for overclocking them however it's disappointing that no AIBs provide an out of box OC on the memory chips. The GPU gets a nice bump in clocks by MSI and the performance increase can be seen there. The extra cores and the faster memory combine to give a 5-10% performance jump over the RTX 2080 which isn't much but given you're getting a boost at the same price of $699 US ($729 US in the case of the Gaming X Trio model), the upgrade is welcome.

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Most importantly, the RTX 2080 already gave the AMD Radeon VII a hard time but with the RTX 2080 SUPER, the card is most definitely a no go considering the better performance and extra features you get on the RTX SUPER 2080. Both the RTX 2080 SUPER and the RTX 2080 Ti claim the performance throne at their respective price point with no AMD Radeon powered competitor in sight.

But with that said, the RTX 2080 SUPER is also the least exciting part in the RTX SUPER family. The RTX 2070 SUPER offers the most value in terms of GPU performance while the RTX 2060 SUPER got a huge upgrade to its core specs.

The RTX 2080 SUPER, on the other hand, has minor changes and a performance uplift in single-digits. The RTX 2080 was already the least exciting part in the GeForce RTX family considering that it offered performance similar to a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and the RTX 2080 SUPER only manages to push it up by a 7% avg increase. Still, I think that those who have been waiting to get an RTX 2080 are getting a lot more performance than before without paying anything extra. Summing it all up, the new card is a little less SUPER than what its siblings offer over their predecessor but still SUPER nonetheless.

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As for the cooling solution, it’s a big improvement in design and uses over the previous Gaming X Trio's Tri-Frozr solution. It provides superior cooling performance than the Founders Edition and does so while looking phenomenal. The RGB is not overdone and the Mystic Light cuts on the front and sides provide really good aesthetics of the card itself. The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER is one of the best 2080 SUPER models that you can find in the market for a price of $729.99 US, offering a stunning cooler design, massive heatsink and a nice factory overclock of just $30 US more than the reference model.

9.2

The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER is one of the best 2080 SUPER models that you can find in the market for a price of $729.99 US, offering a stunning cooler design, massive heatsink and a nice factory overclock of just $30 US more than the reference model.

Performance8.5
Value8.5
Design & Aesthetics10
Features10

Pros

  • Decent performance uplift from the same price
  • Great performance at 1440p and 4K resolution
  • Great upgrade from GTX 1080 and GTX 1070
  • Factory Overclocked Out of Box
  • Tri Frozr heatsink cooling performance is great
  • Refreshing new MSI Gaming design
  • ZeroFrozr Technology Included on Torx 3.0 fans
  • Great overclocking potential, full tuning options
  • Memory modules on the Gaming X Trio can hit more than 550 GB/s bandwidth
  • Backplate includes heat pads for increased heat dissipation
  • RGB Lighting support on the shroud and sides are a plus
  • Support for real-time ray tracing and DLSS features in next-generation gaming titles
  • Good driver support for GeForce products, compatibility with DX11, DX12, Vulkan, OpenGL titles
  • Performance per watt is great on Pascal graphics cards
  • Lot's of display connectivity, great for VR and multi-display PCs.

Cons

  • High Price ($729.99 US)
  • High Power Consumption when overclocked
  • No Memory overclock out of the box
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