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

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MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio

July 2019
Type Graphics Card
Price $749.99 US

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio Overview

The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio is the flagship variant in the RTX SUPER family. It is a very powerful graphics card, rocking one of the best design schemes I have seen to date on a triple-slot graphics card and it is also very bulky. In overall size and weight, this thing is just tons of massive performance packed in one triple slot form factor.

In addition to the custom design, the RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio comes with a non-reference PCB, featuring a 10+2 phase design that features higher quality components than the reference variant which is already a really good design by itself. In terms of clock speeds, the graphics card features the same base frequency of 1650 MHz but the boost clock is rated at 1845 MHz over the Founders boost of 1815 MHz.

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Following are some of the features of the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio before we go in detail:

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X Trio Graphics Card Gallery:

The MSI Gaming X Trio Graphics Cards With Next-Gen Tri-Frozr Cooling

With the differences out of the way, now let's talk about the similarities and the main highlights of the Gaming X Trio design. The Gaming X Trio is a toned-down variant of the much higher-end card, the MSI Lightning. Both cards use advanced Tri-Frozr coolers which are the replacement of the MSI Twin Frozr series which have been widely used in current and last generation graphics cards from MSI.

The GeForce RTX 20 Series GAMING TRIO is the return of MSI’s beastly three-fan graphics card. Only reserved for the most powerful of GPU’s, the TRIO Series features a mix of black and gunmetal grey with elegant shapes and a classy brushed metal backplate that matches the front.

This looks great with the gorgeous RGB effects found on the front and the side of the card, which can be controlled using MSI’s Mystic Light software and made to synchronize with other RGB components.

MSI has incorporated and refined a couple of things in the new Tri-Frozr design for Gaming X Trio graphics cards. First is the TORX fan 3.0 which uses both traditional and dispersion fan blades to accelerate airflow and push it down in a steady stream. These fans are made up of a double ball bearing design which ensures silent functionality in heavy loads.

The fans are fully compliant with the Zero Frozr Technology and are actually comprised of three areas. All of these would stay at 0 RPM (idle state) if the temperatures don't exceed 60C. When it does exceed 60C, all fans would start spinning. You can change that through the MSI configuration panel if you want more cooling performance over noise load but it's a nifty feature which I do like.

In addition to the cooling fans, the heatsink has been designed to be denser by using a wave curved fin design. It allows more air to pass through the fins smoothly, without causing any turbulence that would result in unwanted noise. Airflow Control Technology guides the airflow directly onto the heat pipes, while simultaneously creating more surface area for the air to absorb more heat before leaving the heatsink.

Talking about the heatsink, the massive block is comprised of 8mm copper squared shaped heat pipes with a more concentrated design to transfer heat from the copper base to the heatsink more effectively. The base itself is a solid nickel-plated base plate, transferring heat to the heat pipes in a very effective manner. To top it all off, MSI uses their exclusive Thermal Compound X which is said to offer higher thermal interface and heat transfer compared to traditional TIM applications.

Rocking a classy brushed look, the backplate on the GAMING TRIO series provides a nice visual finish to the card. It also strengthens the card and thanks to some cleverly placed thermal pads even help to keep temperatures low.

A die-cast metal sheet acts as a Close Quarters Heatsink for the memory modules and doubles as an Anti-Bending safeguard by connecting to the IO Bracket. The power phases towards the right side are covered by a plate that is fused directly to the heatsink for excellent cooling.
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