MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING X TRIO Review

The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING X TRIO takes the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti to new heights in performance and overclocking. We’ve got Metro Exodus NVIDIA Ray Tracing performance, 1440p and 4K gameplay, and we compare this video card overclocked as well as in silent mode for more efficient gameplay.


Evaluation Method

We evaluate what the card being evaluated can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

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For the NVIDIA video cards we are using GeForce 419.17 WHQL.

Notes on Graph Setup

For the three games being tested in this evaluation we have setup the graphs to compare the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING X TRIO video card in three different performance profiles. There is no direct competition for this video card from the competition, so all we can do is compare it with itself using built-in performance profiles from MSI to give you the full perspective on performance from bottom to top.

On each graph there are three performance profiles being tested.

OCed - This is the first line you encounter on the graphs, the green line, labeled "OCed." This line indicates our highest stable manual overclock we achieved with the video card as described on page 4. This is as fast as we could get the video card to go.

Default - This is the middle line, the blue line, on the graph. This represents the video card's "out-of-the-box" performance. This is the default or "Gaming" performance profile from MSI. When you just install the video card and do nothing to it, this is the performance you will get.

Silent - This is the last line on the graph, the red line. This one represents two things. First, this is an official MSI performance profile accessible through the Dragon Center software. It is a profile called "Silent" that you can enable for a low noise operation. What this setting does is changes the GPU clock speed to match the clock speed of a reference GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, non-Founders Edition. That means it sets the boost clock down to 1545MHz which is the reference clock speed on GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. By default, the boost clock is at 1755MHz on this video card.

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That means that this profile makes the video card perform like a non-factory overclocked video card, it will perform just like a reference RTX 2080 Ti. This allows us to use this profile as a baseline so that you can see the advantages for the factory overclock performance in the blue line and the manual overclock in the green line. You will now have a baseline RTX 2080 Ti performance to compare with, as well as an official MSI performance profile for an extremely quiet and more power efficient operation.

There is also an "OC" profile performance option. This simply overclocks the GPU boost to 1770MHz from 1755MHz which is the default. However, our manual overclock you will find out goes way past this, so there was no need to test this specific profile. Our manual overclock goes way past this profile on GPU and this profile doesn't even change memory, which our overclock does. Therefore we are only testing the "Silent" profile.