MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card Review

MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO video card front view

Introduction

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 has launched, and today we have a full review of a retail AIB RTX 4080 video card.  On our test bench, today is the MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO video card ($1309.99 MSRP) based on NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 4080 GPU and Ada Lovelace architecture in the GeForce RTX 40 series family.  The MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO sports MSI’s TRI FROZR 3 thermal solution, a custom video card design, and a factory overclock geared for enthusiast gaming and overclocking.

In MSI’s new GeForce RTX 4080 lineup, the GAMING X TRIO sits in the top-end middle of the SKU product stack and will have an MSRP of $1309.99.  There is a non-X version of the GAMING TRIO which has a lower factory overclock, but otherwise, the two are the same.  Above the GAMING X TRIO, MSI has its SUPRIM and SUPRIM X models which have the most aggressive factory overclocks and custom enthusiast builds.  Below the GAMING X TRIO is the VENTUS 3X and VENTUS 3X OC which have a more modest build, and lower clock speeds.

To learn all about the new GeForce RTX 4080 please read our review of the GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition.  The GeForce RTX 4080 is based on the Ada Lovelace architecture on TSMC 4N NVIDIA custom process and has 9,728 CUDA Cores, 304 4th Gen Tensor Cores, 76 3rd Gen RT Cores, 304 Texture Units, and 112 ROPs.  It has a Boost Clock of 2505MHz.  It has 16GB of GDDR6X memory at 22.4GHz on a 256-bit memory bus giving it 716.8GB/s of memory bandwidth.  The TGP is 320W.

MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO

The MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO has a factory overclock GPU Boost of 2595MHz.  This is up 90MHz over the default Founders Edition clock speed of 2505MHz.  The memory clock speeds are exactly the same at 22.4GHz with the 16GB of GDDR6X.  MSI recommends an 850W PSU for this video card and it includes NVIDIA’s 3x 8-pin to 16-pin adapter in the box as this video card does have the 16-pin PCIe 5 power connector.  The video card supports 3x DisplayPort 1.4a and 1x HDMI 2.1a. 

The MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO measures 337mm in length, 140mm in width and 67mm in height.  It is therefore longer, wider, and thicker than the Founders Edition video card.  The Founders Edition video card measures 304mm in length, 137mm in width and 61mm in height.  The MSI RTX 4080 GAMING X TRIO is 13.2” inches in length whereas the Founders Edition is 12” inches in length.  The card slot height is 2.6” inches on the MSI RTX 4080 GAMING X TRIO while it is 2.4” on the Founders Edition.

MSI has packed the RTX 4080 GAMING X TRIO full of its custom technology.  Let’s start with the MSI TRI FROZR 3 thermal solution.  The MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO utilizes MSI’s TORX FAN 5.0 which are double ball bearing fans that use ring arcs that link three sets of fan blades that tilt 22 degrees together to maintain high-pressure airflow at slower rotational speeds.  They support Zero FROZR to stop the fans at low temperatures and light workloads.  The fan cowl extends a bit beyond the general enclosure to lengthen the winds passageway.  Bulging notches under the cowl help reduce recirculation.

The heatsink uses a Copper Baseplate to rapidly transfer heat to the array of heat pipes and covers the GPU and memory.  Core Pipes are precision-crafted to make the maximum use of available space, a squared section of heat pipes fully touch the GPU baseplate.  Airflow Control improves airflow dynamics through the Wave Curved 2.0 deflectors and Air Antegrade fin design for optimizing the balance between cooling and noise.  Air Antegrade Fin have a V-shaped cutout at the airflow passthrough to improve flow efficiency.  There is a full Metal Backplate with thermal pads underneath to provide additional cooling with flow-through ventilation.  The video card also has a die-cast anti-bending plate that reinforces the whole card and also uses thermal pads.

The PCB is a custom design that utilizes High-Efficiency Carbonyl Inductors (HCI) for the chokes.  One-piece molding allows this design to operate with less choke noise and better electrical filtering.  DrMOS power stage solutions provide great efficiency with low power loss and enhanced voltage controls.  Additional fuses are built into the custom PCB to provide additional safeguards against electrical damage. 

This video card also has a Dual BIOS that lets you prioritize between SILENT mode (default) and GAMING mode.  Right now, we saw no differences between the two BIOS options, the default is on SILENT mode as the card ships, but we tried GAMING And found no difference in clock speeds, thermals, fan speeds, or power.  You can use this BIOS as a way to backup the BIOS and have a backup if you attempt to tweak it. The video card supports MSI Center and MSI Afterburner as well as RGB.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Gaming Performance
8
Overclocking and Performance
10
Build and Cooling
10
Price Value
6

SUMMARY

We reviewed the MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO, which performed beyond the previous generation video cards. It has a high factory overclock and has overclocking headroom which resulted in a good overclock with decent performance uplift. It has a robust build, and pleasing aesthetic, with excellent thermals, and cooling in a quiet profile. It does take up a lot of space, beware of size. Overall it is a great gaming video card that demands a price point higher-than-normal we are used to for a video card in this range.
Brent Justicehttps://www.thefpsreview.com
Former managing editor of GPUs at HardOCP for 18 years, Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components since the late 90s, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review, he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented and hardware enthusiast perspective. You can follow him on Twitter - @Brent_Justice You can sub to his YouTube channel - Justice Gaming https://www.youtube.com/c/JusticeGamingChannel You can check out his computer builds on KIT - @BrentJustice https://kit.co/BrentJustice

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We reviewed the MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO, which performed beyond the previous generation video cards. It has a high factory overclock and has overclocking headroom which resulted in a good overclock with decent performance uplift. It has a robust build, and pleasing aesthetic, with excellent thermals, and cooling in a quiet profile. It does take up a lot of space, beware of size. Overall it is a great gaming video card that demands a price point higher-than-normal we are used to for a video card in this range.MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card Review