MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO Review

We review MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO in the latest 2018 games using all the RTX features capable at this time. We compare performance at 1440p and 4K with an overclocked GTX 1080 and RX Vega 64. DXR Reflection Ray Tracing in Battlefield V and Adaptive Shading RTX technology in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was released on September 14th. Our testing takes place using the latest patch. Note that we also have Exclusive Fullscreen enabled. Our run-through takes place over the course of the entire "Head Above Water" map in the game including the complete cut-scenes which are fully rendered.

To DX12 or DX11?

Similar to the previous game, we also needed to find out if DX11 of DX12 was faster in this game on RTX 2080.

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According to this graph above testing at 1440p between DX11 and DX12 on the MSI RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO video card DX11 is once again faster. Here DX11 is 7% faster. This was also true at 4K. Therefore, for this game we will run in DX11 for the best performance.


Highest Playable Settings 1440p

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At 1440p we found this game played very well at the highest possible in-game settings and SMAA 4X on the MSI RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO video card. The GTX 1080 and Vega 64 cannot achieve playable performance with SMAA 4X, that setting kills performance on those video cards. The new RTX 2080 though can handle it just find and performs at 73FPS average. Performance is 40% faster than the MSI GTX 1080 GAMING X video card.

Highest Playable Settings 4K

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At 4K all we had to do was drop SMAA down to 2TX level and the MSI RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO was playable! At 4K it is 47% faster than the MSI GTX 1080 GAMING X!


Overclocked Performance

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Overclocking the MSI RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO improves performance about 9% and provides near 60FPS performance at 4K! This is with the highest in-game settings and SMAA 2TX, a very good experience for this video card.