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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio

Introduction, Design Features

[Editors’ Note: Be wakeful that pricing and facilities for video cards formed on a given graphics chip can vary, depending on a tangible label maker. AMD and Nvidia make video “reference cards” formed on their graphics processors, that they infrequently send out for review. Third-party partners—MSI, Sapphire, Gigabyte, EVGA, Asus, and many others—make and sell cards that mostly belong closely to a pattern of these anxiety play (“stock boards”), as good as versions with slight differences in pier configuration, clocking, a volume and speed of onboard memory, and a cooling fans or feverishness sinks installed. Be certain a specs and ports/connections on any “partner” house you’re looking during compare what we’ve reviewed before creation any assumptions. Here, we’re reviewing one of MSI’s versions of a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, an overclocked, RGB-lit powerhouse chronicle of a label with 3 fans and some other engaging additions.]


You can buy a high-end graphics label such as a AMD Radeon RX Vega 64Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders EditionAorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Edition, that have a same inner silicon as a some-more simple reference-design cards, yet have elaborate cooling setups that concede for out-of-the-box overclocking, and are mostly given these days with exuberant backplates and RGB lighting.

Many of these overbuilt, overclocked, and audaciously given cards cost almost some-more than their some-more medium counterparts, yet mostly broach usually single-digit opening gains out of a box, compared to obtuse or stock-clocked versions of cards with a same inner silicon. But that doesn’t stop fervent buyers from snatching them adult for their combined aesthetics, and maybe a wish of doing serve overclocking to corner support rates even higher.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio (Standing Fans)

The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio unequivocally falls into a latter difficulty of high-end gaming cards, with a 75MHz boost-clock strike over a customary Founders Edition chronicle of a card, a rainbow-like light bar using opposite a edge, and a triple hazard of fans to keep your high-end gaming supply using comparatively cold and quiet. It’s also massive, during about 12.5 inches prolonged and 5 inches wide, so make certain your box is copiousness ample before even looking during this card. And you’ll need a bit of shake room in your budget, as well, as this $799 label is $100 some-more costly than a least-pricey GeForce GTX 1080 Ti that we could find in batch when we wrote this, and $40 some-more costly than a formerly mentioned Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Edition, itself far, distant from a shrinking-violet GTX 1080 Ti.

In a testing, a MSI label did overtake that Aorus house flattering consistently, creation it a fastest gaming-specific graphics label we’ve tested to date. It’s a absolute performer for 4K gaming, or if we have a lesser-resolution guard with unequivocally high modernise rates. But given a high price, is it value splurging for a MSI label contra a dozens of “lesser” GTX 1080 Ti options that are scarcely as powerful?

A lot of that preference will come down to how many we value a card’s pattern and features. Let’s puncture in.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition2016 “Pascal”-based Nvidia Titan X (which is formed on a same chip) and the GeForce GTX 1080 it supplanted as a gamer’s flagship card…

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Spec Chart)

The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio shares a same underlying specs as a Founders Edition chronicle of a GTX 1080 Ti, including a 11GB of 11,000MHz memory. But MSI cranks adult a core-GPU time speeds to a tip boost time of 1,657MHz in a out-of-the-box Gaming Mode.

Using MSI’s Gaming App utility, we can ramp adult a time speed to 1,683 MHz in a pre-configured OC Mode, or presumably pull things even serve on your own. We did a infancy of a contrast in a customary Gaming Mode, that is a card’s out-of-the-box setting.

MSI Gaming App

Another square of program compared with this label is MSI’s Mystic Light. This program also lets we control a card’s particular RGB lighting bar, that we’ll get to unequivocally shortly.

MSI Mystic Light

Visually, this is an appealing label that looks improved to a eyes than a competing Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Edition, yet it also costs a bit more. Gone are a silver-metal angles and slim ventilator cooler that Nvidia brings to a list with a Founders Edition cards. This thing is unequivocally many a possess beast—and a big savage during that. You can see it here subsequent to a Founders Edition chronicle of a GTX 1080 Ti, appearing like Andre a Giant.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio (Size Comparison Vertical)

Its lighting aspects are a card’s many distinguished feature, tough to skip if we implement a label in a windowed case. Red lights irradiate a cooler and a corner of a card. But it’s a L-shaped programmable RGB frame that runs along a corner that truly stands out—especially if it’s using a relocating rainbow of colors.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio (Light Bar Rainbow)

Both a bar that runs opposite a corner of a card’s backplate and a MSI trademark that’s cut into a backplate get a RGB diagnosis here. You can select between several lighting effects, as good as your choice of a plain color, should we bashful divided from a spectrum of rainbow options.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio (Light Bar Red)

And for those moments when we don’t want your graphics label to be broadcasting a existence by lucent photons out a side of your box window, a Mystic Light program also lets we turn off all a card’s LEDs sincerely easily. That said, if lights don’t matter many to you, there are significantly reduction costly models of a GTX 1080 Ti that will perform scarcely as well, yet light adult a whole lot less.

At 12.5 inches prolonged and 5 inches wide, a MSI Gaming X Trio is indeed an in. longer than a Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti we tested progressing in 2017, yet a cooler is a small thinner than a one found on a Aorus card. Regardless, you’ll need during slightest 3 dull enlargement slots for possibly of these GTX 1080 Ti cards. And if we devise to use a steel bolster bar that ships in a box with a MSI Gaming X Trio, like we did below, you’ll need four gangling slots.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio (Support Bar)

The bar mounts in an dull container 3 slots next a initial container assigned by this dual-slot card. Anchored around screws to a slot, usually like we would mountain a graphics card, a aim is to support a graphics label above it. The bar comes with some rubber pads on a tip edge, to pillow a area where a label above it comes in hit with a bar. As many as we can conclude a thought of giving a large label like this some combined support, a bar feels groundless when installed, and it doesn’t keep a MSI Gaming X Trio resolutely in place. Because a usually place a bar gets anchored to your PC framework for support is during a behind container area, how many support it can supply to your graphics label is during slightest partially dynamic by how firm a steel is during a behind of your chassis.

In short, a support bar is a good thought in theory, and it unequivocally does supply some additional support. But we wouldn’t feel gentle relocating a exam complement around a lot with this label and a support bar installed. And we certainly wouldn’t wish to ship a complement with this setup installed, bar or no bar. Plus, with all a cultured niceties MSI built into a Gaming X Trio, adhering a plain black steel bar underneath detracts from a altogether demeanour of your build. All that said, given a immeasurable differences in box sizes and orientations, we’re not accurately certain what else MSI could do to come adult with a improved concept support bar for a graphics card.

As mentioned earlier, you’ll find a good brushed-metal backplate on a card, with a requisite MSI dragon logo. We do like a triple-tone black pattern here some-more than a brightly embellished designs we’ve seen on some other costly graphics cards.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio (Horizontal Backplate)

On a flip side, a Gaming X Trio’s triple-fan “Tri-Frozr” cooler dominates, with 3 “Torx 2.0” fans that a association says have steeper blades for generating “22 percent some-more atmosphere pressure,” along with double round orientation in a fan motors for quieter operation. While many of that is tough to determine but an private breeze hovel and accurate instruments, we can contend that a MSI Gaming X Trio was surprisingly still while testing.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio (Horizontal Top)

Only when we kicked a label into OC Mode for a final tests did we unequivocally notice a fan sound start to ramp up.


Nvidia private a large DVI connector from a Founders Edition design of a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. That was done, during slightest in part, to urge cooling. That card’s blower-style cooler pushes many of a atmosphere out a behind corner of a card, and a DVI pier would block that flow, during slightest to an extent. That’s not an emanate with this card’s alfresco design, so MSI brought a DVI connector back, and substituted out one of a other ports, as well.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio (Ports)

The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio sports a dual-link DVI-D connector, dual DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, and a span of HDMI 2.0 ports. Nvidia’s Founders Edition card, by comparison, has 3 DisplayPorts and a singular HDMI.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio (Profile PCIe Connectors)

One final thing to keep in mind if you’re deliberation this label is a power-connector requirements. You’ll need a span of an eight-pin PCI Express connectors from your energy supply to get this label running, nonetheless a association does embody a six-pin-to-eight-pin adapter in a box to assistance on that front. By comparison, a Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti requires one eight-pin, and one six-pin. So be certain we have those energy leads available, and that your energy supply can hoop a energy pull of this card. MSI recommends a 600-watt energy supply during a minimum.

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