Default GPU Frequency

To start off, we are going to see where we are starting from.  We can’t very well overclock till we know what the starting line is so we can compare the overclock.  This page serves as our information page for how the video card behaves at default, with no changes.  This is out-of-the-box behavior.

GPU Clock Frequency Default   

Remember, the base clock is 1650MHz and the boost clock on this video card is 1845MHz.  The boost clock on the reference design is 1815MHz.  From this graph, we can see that this video card is boosting very high over its 1845MHz boost clock.  It’s actually sustaining 1965MHz while gaming.  In fact, it started off very near 2000MHz, but then quickly declines to the 1965MHz level and sustains that frequency.  This is impressive. 

Seeing how high this video card boosted, we wanted to compare that boost clock to our NVIDIA reference review sample GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER video card.  Remember, it has a boost clock of 1815MHz.  In this graph you can see how the two compare at default.  The reference NVIDIA review sample RTX 2080 SUPER settles on 1920MHz sustained.  Not bad, but you can see how the MSI RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING X TRIO improves upon that clock speed maintaining 1965MHz for a much longer and more consistent period of time. 

Without any overclocking this is the clock speed advantage the MSI card offers over the reference Founders Edition card.  Also note, the MSI card is pulling this faster frequency at a cooler GPU temperature thanks to the cooling, as you’ll see.

MSI Afterburner

The first screenshot above shows MSI Afterburner at default.  In the second screenshot we are showing you the maximum values allowed in MSI Afterburner on the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING X TRIO.  You will see that we can only raise the Power Target from 100% to 114%.  We can also raise the voltage +100.


These are the default GPUz screenshots.  You will note 68c for the default temperature at only 46% fan speed.  The default highest voltage is 1.0500V. 

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