MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO Review

MSI has launched a new high end entry to its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING series lineup. The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO has a lot of performance with improved cooling compared to previous GAMING series video cards. We’ll see how well it performs in several games, and overclock it as high as we can.

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Power and Temp

We tested the power utilization at the wall of the entire system. For full load game testing, we used real gaming. The power supply is a Corsair CX850M Gold Rated.

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The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO runs at 434W system Wattage while gaming. When we overclock it power increases to 480W, this is with the maximum possible voltage increase as well. A reference NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti pulls 414W while gaming.

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Temperatures are a real strong point with this video card. Normally it runs at 68c maximum temperature, and a little bit lower on average. When we overclock it and leave the fan on Auto it only increases by a degree or two. When we set the fan to 80% and raise the voltage it maintains a temperature below 55c. This is much better than the reference GTX 1080 Ti. At idle this video card has fan stop technology so that the fans do not spin, thus the higher idle temperature.

Sound

The fan noise on this video card is very minimal. It runs quiet at automatic operation. Even boosted to 80% it runs very quiet. There are no annoying whines, or pitch changes. We were even surprised how well it sounded at 100% fan speed. Inside a case you would be use a 100% fan speed with a minimal sound impact.