MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING X TRIO

The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING X TRIO we are reviewing is a robust, massive video card.  It also carries a price premium; it is the best MSI has.  You will find this video card online at a price of $749.99.  This is a $50 price premium versus the reference pricing of $699.  The MSI video card brings a lot with it to justify that price, including robust cooling, a high factory overclock and overclocking potential up the wazoo.

First of all, MSI offers several different GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER based video cards.  It offers a design called AERO, as well as a VENTUS and VENTUS OC line.  Then, coming in at the top is the GAMING TRIO and GAMING X TRIO.  The one we are reviewing is the GAMING X TRIO, the X means the fastest factory overclock MSI has on the RTX 2080 SUPER.

Design

Everything including the kitchen sink is on this video card.  It uses MSI’s TRI-FROZR thermal design, TORX FAN 3.0, Double Ball Bearings, ZERO FROZR and much more in this completely custom and oversized PCB.  What you will be interested to know is that the boost clock is raised to 1845MHz on this video card versus the default of 1815MHz.  With the custom power target, and robust cooling GPU Boost will be able to run the GPU much higher than that.  It has 8GB of RAM at 15.5GHZ, which is the standard clock.  It has three DisplayPorts, one HDMI and one Type-C USB. 

Let’s start with the TRI-FROZR thermal design with three fans on a huge heatsink.  The heatsink itself is oversized and customized even down to the wave-curved fins to direct air more aerodynamically.  It is also structurally sound.  It uses copper heatpipes that are consolidated as close as possible for maximum effect.  There is a solid nickel-plated copper base plate and premium thermal compute XES used.  There are also ample amounts of thermal padding used.

Features

There is a power cooling aluminum plate that provides direct cooling for the power delivery components.  MSI uses tense cooling which tightly bolts the heatsink and heat plates closer to and with better strength onto the PCB.  With what MSI calls its Close Quarters Cooling there is a die-cast metal sheet that acts as heatsinks for modules and doubles as an anti-bending safeguard.  This is a fully customized PCB with beefed-up power delivery.

The TORX FAN 3.0 utilizes a combination of dispersion fan blade and traditional fan blade for optimized airflow.  The double ball bearings help promote longevity.  With ZERO FROZR the fans can stay off until the GPU reaches 60c then they kick on. 

And let’s not forget MSI Mystic Light, it’s completely customizable RGB.  This video card lights up nice and pretty.  Just make sure this video card fits in your system, it is massive.  It measures 13” in length, 5.5 inches in width and 2.2 inches in height.  MSI recommends a 650W PSU.      

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Brent Justice

Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components for 20+ years, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer oriented...