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.


MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO Overclocking

To overclock grab the latest Beta version of MSI Afterburner, version 4.4.0.

Default Settings

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We know that the operating frequency at default is 1911MHz on this video card. It maintains this at 1.062v. The fans on automatic hit a fan speed of 46% and maintains 68c at the max. Default gaming wattage at the wall is 414W.

Highest Overclock No Voltage

Overclocking without voltage had different results based on the fan speed. Leaving the fan speed on automatic we managed to set the GPU Core Clock Offset to +80 in Afterburner. We also had the Power Limit at the maximum 117%. This brought our real-time maximum in-game frequency up to 1987MHz from 1911MHz. The fan on automatic rose up to 48% speed and the maximum temperature was 69c. We also noticed that the voltage never rose above 1.050v, it never did hit the 1.062v that it did without changing the offset.

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We then raised the fans ourselves manually to 80%. At 80% the noise level was acceptable; the fans are not loud at all. Even at 100% these aren’t annoying. By raising the fans to 80% two things happen. One, we experienced the voltage being able to automatically go back up to 1.062v, and second the in-game frequency increased simply by raising the fan speed. We were now experiencing 2012MHz at the same +80 GPU Clock offset.

Simply by raising the fan speed and keeping the GPU cooler GPU Boost was able to raise the clock speed from 1987MHz to 2012MHz and keep 1.062v stable. We experienced 53-54c with 80% fan speed at 2012MHz and 1.062v. The maximum wattage increased to 450W.

Highest Overclock with Voltage

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In MSI Afterburner we can increase the voltage to +100. This allows a maximum GPU voltage of 1.093v. If we leave the GPU Offset alone and keep it at +80 and keep the fan speed at 80% the in-game frequency now rises to 2038MHz. This runs all day long while being perfectly stable.

By moving the GPU Offset up to +90 we gain a little more frequency and hit 2050MHz. This was the highest we could push with stability. Going any higher either meant lock-ups, or the frequency bouncing back down to 2038MHz. By keeping the GPU Offset at +90, the frequency is 2038MHz to 2050MHz while gaming. The voltage bounces between 1.081v-1.093v. The temperature is 54c at 80% fan speed. The maximum wattage is 480W. In terms of memory we were able to take it all the way up to a solid 12GHz from 11GHz. That memory overclock is higher than we achieved on the MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X video card.

The final overclock is 2038-2050MHz/12GHz (GPU/Memory) with very cool GPU temperatures; mid to lower 50Cs.

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As you can see gaming starts out fine at 2050MHz, though it does stabilize down to 2038MHz for most of the game.

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Temperatures are excellent only hitting 54c at maximum.