MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio Review

July 31, 2019 posted by

MSI’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
graphics card is one of their top end models, so let’s find out just how well it performs.
To do this I’ll be testing gaming at 4K, 1440p and 1080p, as well as overclocking,
cooling, and of course ray tracing to help you decide if it’s worth buying. Let’s start by taking a look at the card.
Overall it’s got a black and gunmetal grey theme, so pretty colour neutral and should
fit in well with most builds. There are three fans on the front, metal backplate with a
nice brushed finish and the MSI logo on the back, and two 8 pin and 6 pin power connectors
on top, along with the SLI connector. There’s RGB lighting on the top and bottom
of the card, though it’s a little hard to show on camera as I’m not able to mount
it vertically. The lighting can be controlled using MSI’s light sync software, and there
are around 20 different effects available and you can modify colours and speeds of different
areas. For the I/O we’ve got three DisplayPort
1.4 outputs, a single HDMI 2.0b port and single USB Type-C. The card is fairly big too, coming in at almost
33cm in length, and it weighs a bit as well, just under 1.6kg. It comes with an optional
mounting bracket to help prevent sag, but I didn’t have any issues in my case to need
it. Like other RTX cards the 2080 Ti also makes
use of GDDR6 memory, and there’s 11GB available here with a larger memory bus and higher memory
bandwidth compared to those below it. It also comes with a 1,755MHz boost clock, so a factory
overclock out of the box The system that I’m testing with has an
Intel i7-8700K CPU in an MSI Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard running at stock speeds,
along with 16GB of T-Force Night Hawk CL16 memory running at DDR4-3200 in dual channel.
Check the links in the description for details on all of the components as well as for up
to date pricing. First up let’s check out Battlefield 5,
a game that actually supports Nvidia’s new ray tracing, one of the key selling points
of these RTX cards. For comparison I’ve also got results with RTX on and off, and
testing was done in campaign mode rather than multiplayer, as it’s easier to reproduce. With RTX off we’re seeing more than a double
improvement to average frame rate compared to RTX on in the green bars. At 1440p I considered
high settings playable with RTX on, though I’d personally much prefer the higher frame
rates from RTX off. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
the built in benchmark, and with high settings the 2080 Ti is able to average above 60 FPS
at 4K, pretty impressive and quite playable as I don’t think this game needs a high
frame rate to enjoy, though of course higher FPS is possible at lower settings or resolutions. Far Cry 5 was also tested with the built in
benchmark, and again pretty nice results at high settings from the 2080 Ti, as you’d
expect from a top of the line card. There wasn’t much of a difference between 1080p
and 1440p, both were able to pass 100 FPS averages. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature,
so the exact same test was done at each resolution with high settings in use. Even at 4K I was
able to average above 100 FPS, with well above 200 possible at 1440p or 1080p resolutions. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested using
the built in benchmark, and again even at high settings in this more intensive game
4K was still scoring quite well, with above 100 FPS achievable at 1440p or 1080p if you’re
after more frames. CS:GO was tested with the Ulletical benchmark,
and this game runs very well on modern hardware. Even at 4K with all settings on medium we
were getting above 300 FPS, but of course higher FPS is generally better here, and at
1080p almost 500 FPS was possible with the 1% lows above 150 FPS. Overwatch was tested in the practice range,
and as another well optimized game we’re seeing very high frame rates again. The 300
FPS cap was often hit at 1440p and constantly hit at 1080p even with ultra settings in use,
with 4K even having a 1% low that would be great for one of those new 4K 144Hz monitors. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built
in benchmark, and this is again another well optimized title which is why we’ve got high
frame rates even with high settings. Again 4K was giving us very high frame rates, absolutely
no issues at all. Watch Dogs 2 is a resource intensive game,
but I find it to play well with a solid 30 FPS, so even with very high settings at 4K
it’s playing extremely smoothly for me, almost able to average 60 FPS, with higher
possible at 1440p and 1080p if needed. PUBG saw similar results, in that the frame
rates at 1080p and 1440p were pretty close together, but then still alright FPS at 4K,
though if you’re playing seriously for the chicken dinner you would most likely be using
settings below high for best performance. As we’ve seen we’re able to get some pretty
good performance in the games tested, 1080p and 1440p ran very well with no problems at
all even with high settings which I’ve tested with across the board, while 4K in all instances
still delivered a playable experience. For overclocking I’ve retested with Far
Cry 5 at high settings. I was able to overclock the GPU core by 130MHz and just stuck the
memory to an extra 400MHz, but didn’t spend long tweaking the memory. At 1080p there was a 2.5% improvement to average
FPS, a 4.2% improvement at 1440p, and then a 6.1% improvement at 4K, as the graphics
becomes less constrained by the CPU at higher resolutions. So we’re seeing some decent performance,
but what are the thermals like? These are the temperatures I measured with the Heaven
benchmark in an ambient room temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, fairly warm as it’s
summer here during a heatwave. Despite this the temperatures are still quite decent, a
little warm at idle but it’s fair given the fans don’t spin at all until around
60 degrees Celsius. We’ve got the option of cooling it down further by 14 degrees Celsius
with the fans maxed out, so you should be able to find a good balance of fan noise and
cooling that works for you. Just for fun here’s how the backplate looked
after the stress tests, getting to around the mid 70s, you’re not going to want to
take it out immediately after use. I’ve got the average and peak clock speeds
while running the Heaven benchmark for an extended period, and with the 130MHz overclock
applied with MSI Afterburner we’re getting a nice improvement. We can also see that by
maxing out the fans we’re able to boost performance by 30MHz, and you’ll hear how this sounds
soon. These are the average and peak fan speeds
measured under the same tests as the temperatures and clock speeds just shown. At idle they
don’t spin at all so it was silent, and then they only rise a small amount with the overclock
applied, I couldn’t really tell the difference sitting next to it. By maxing out the fan
speed they can get quite a bit faster, and although the card has three fans only information
for two of them was reported in HWInfo which is what I’ve got here. Here’s how these
tests sounded so you can get an idea for yourself. As I’ve got 7 other fans in the case this
isn’t the best test, at stock at least I had no problems at all with this volume, especially
considering I didn’t have the side panel of my case on. I’ll also note that while testing there
was a tiny bit of noticeable coil whine with my card, but hard to hear once the fans kick
in. Here’s what total system power draw from
the wall looked like in the same Heaven benchmark, so once manually overclocked there’s just
a 15 watt power increase. For up to date pricing check the links in
the description, as pricing will change over time. At the time of recording, in the US
the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio is going for around $1400 USD, or around $2200
AUD here in Australia. The Gaming X Trio is one of MSI’s best 2080
Ti graphics cards available at the moment, recently surpassed by the new lightning Z.
There are cheaper models available, such as the Ventus or Duke, so you’ll need to determine
if it’s worth paying a bit more for a beast of a card like this for the better cooling
and out of the box clock speed boost, otherwise you can of course try overclocking the cheaper
options and most likely get pretty similar performance though. The 2080 Ti is quite well
suited to 4K gaming, and is one of the best options if this is something you’re after,
while easily being able to smash 1080p and 1440p games even with high settings. While
the 2080 Ti provides an awesome experience they’re not cheap, so you’ll need to decide
if your wallet is worth emptying for so much power. So what did you guys think of MSI’s RTX
2080 Ti Gaming X Trio graphics card? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, and
leave a like on the video if you found the review useful. Thanks for watching, and don’t
forget to subscribe for more GPU testing, including a comparison with this card against
another 2080 Ti to see how it stacks up.


64 Replies to “MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio Review”

  1. R Tech says:

    #TechLover Still here

  2. Electric Nick says:

    The only YouTuber worth pausing Dream Theater for right here.

  3. jason15 says:

    Nice! But to the review of the MSI gs75 and acer predator triton 500 with 2080 both please!

  4. inconnu says:

    Love all your video :))

  5. Waifu Brigade says:

    Rtx baybeeeeeeeeeee

  6. Yohanes Harijanto says:

    Is there any chance you could review non-gaming laptops?

    Such as;
    Thinkpad X1 Extreme
    HP Spectre x360 15 (gem cut design)

    Thank you


    Only the real Knowledge seeker's are here…

  8. inconnu says:

    Your channel and optimum tech are the best review channels

  9. Andru Bernardo says:

    Even though it doesn't have a FTW3 OR ROG Strix VRM, it is still a damn pretty card. My favorite variant of the 2080ti

  10. CRISS CROSS says:

    what are your current pc specs

  11. CRISS CROSS says:

    "Watch Dogs 2 is a resource intensive game " said by Jarrod
    "Watch Dogs 2 is a BS optimized game and its a graphics downgrade master " confirmed by me

  12. Phillip Jacobs says:

    Hey Jarrod please review the new metabox p960ed

  13. GuestOfGregoryHouse says:

    No way this card is worth 1500 quid. Wait 2-3 years down the line and there will no doubt be a much better more future proof card since the next consoles will both be out by then

  14. Jeremar Legaspi says:

    Rtx all the way!

  15. Ikram Ramli says:

    simple but sick PC Build.. <3 <3 <3

  16. Sean H says:

    Aha!! So thats where it went after it disappeared from Tech Linked!! 0:06

  17. Zhijie Liu says:

    Can you review the new gs75 and gs65 rtx2080 please?

  18. The Sleep Tapes says:

    Is rog overpriced?

  19. Shaggy Doo says:

    any news on the acer triton 500? after your advice of waiting i’m now keen to get a laptop with 2080 or 2070 but so many variables

  20. Hanzo Poh says:

    WOW now you got your hands on reviewing high end GPUs! Way to go Jarrod!

  21. Vincent LE THIEC says:

    Hi Jarrod can you do a review of one Evoc ? Clevo/Evoc I don't really know the differences between them. What do you think about Evoc computers on Hidevolution, we can choose many components and build à beast but i dont know if they are good quality…
    Like this one :
    A 1440p with 120hz and a 2070 looks Amazing !!!! But… is it really good quality…?


  22. The Pirate says:

    Just get an used 1080 ti and call it a day, who buys this overpriced trash? Not everyone shits money and even so I can find an used 1080 ti for 500 dolars while a new 2080 ti is 1500 dolars in my country. I'm pretty sure 2080 ti is not 3 times faster than an 1080 ti, not even 2 times faster. Not even an 2080 can beat a 1080 ti and has only 8 gigs of ram and guess what, no one cares about 2 games that support ray tracing, this generation won't use it that much anyway and is pretty weak at doing it so there's no reason to buy it for ray tracing since will be obsolete by the new generation when it comes out. I also bought a 980 ti for 200 dolars, overclock it to 1520mhz and I still rock it with my 2k monitor having no problems at all in 80% of the games. It's comparable to a non overclocked 1070 ti. When you shit money I guess is fine buying this because you don't care about your money, but when you get like 30% improvement for 1000 dolars I don't think that's worth it.

  23. gotchie15 says:

    The question is. Is worth it to upgrade from gtx 1080?

  24. Saar Hay says:

    What 1% Low means?

  25. Anorax says:

    The 2080ti Gaming X is a wonderful card and would be my go to choice for upgrading to but the price is eye watering. I am content with my 2nd hand MSI GeForce GTX 1080ti Gaming X that works great with my 2K monitor. 😉

  26. Aryan Ramanand says:

    Can you put a Nvidia and a AMD grapicard in the same motherboard?

  27. MilHanSolo says:

    Mehh, MSI has a lot of microstutters! Even if they would give me money I would not accept it.

  28. Infinite says:

    I have MSI GV62 laptop. i7-8750H, 6GB GTX 1060, 16GB RAM. And i get an average of 110-120fps in PUBG in custom settings(Ultra and high only). I think the game is more optimized now.

  29. Mr B says:

    Hi what would be the best card., i am considering this one or the Asus Strix 2080ti thanks

  30. pablo rdz says:

    I mean results are great but for $1300+ this isn't something I need or ever will. Ray tracing isn't interesting in any way ad it's the reason why it's so expensive

  31. Sylas Burani says:

    So … no rtx max q review units yet ??

  32. Zevac says:

    Damn, the 2080ti, doesn't seem much more powerful than my 1070 maxq

  33. Sam Lightfoot says:

    When u can play overwatch at 4K on a 144hz monitor and still get good use out of it. 😁

  34. Crazy Q says:

    Where's the teardown?

  35. Acme Ze'En says:

    Looking forward to your rtx 2060 and rtx 2070 laptop reviews 😀 Hope it will be released soon:)

  36. EY Core Gamer says:

    I don't understand why farcry 5 benchmark tests are quite difference between the scene 2:46 to 3:00 and 5:08 to 5:35? For example Farcry5 @4k is 82.9 FPS on early scene, but after scene is shown at 48.89 FPS overclocked. And the price of this RTX card is USD1651 (at 7:39), but you said USD1400. However, overall review is very comprehensive and helpful.

  37. Jarrod'sTech says:

    At 5:08 the incorrect graph was used, it should be this one:

  38. PAUL K LAJU says:

    Hey Jarrod big confusion buddy
    GTX 1070 ti or the RTX 2060
    2060 is cheaper here

  39. Nico Venter says:

    Love your channel! RTX is just a gimmick at this point in time maybe the 3rd gen cards with RTX will be worth looking at. RTX 1st gen is just a way to milk sheep, if you don't get that you are the sheep

  40. Terryss says:

    Please review the ge75 with 2080 and try to explain how you would address the thermal throttling (no hid-evolution here in italy/ europe unfortunately :/ ), other than some Cpu UV and Gpu OC… i have almost given up on area51m and clevo based laptops because their prices for a mxm 2080 and 9700k make no sense compared to those with 1080…

  41. Bboy Tyby says:

    Stay at laptops dude. Let s other to make this type of review. You dont have data to compare against this gpu

  42. ToesRCrispy says:

    Hey Jarred to u have any suggestions for a prebuilt pc 0-650au dollar desktop pc been looking everywhere and no luck thanks in advance

  43. infinite562 says:

    Does that gpu have micron or samsung memory?

  44. Warcent says:

    Hello can you send the link of the software mystic light

  45. Vitaly Michailov says:

    Hello! I have a better results on my a little bit overclocked RTX 2080TI 🙂 Here it is: Odyssey (very high, max quality) , Far cry 5 , Wildlands(ultra) 🙂

  46. Nerro Seunarine says:

    Does anyone know if this card syncs with music using the Mystic Light Software?

  47. XXSickoXX says:

    Just ordered mine with a new monitor 😀

  48. Jinkies m8 says:

    Tossing up between this and the EVGA FTW 3 for a custom loop system, scared I’ll be hitting the power limit as I know it’s a lot lower than the EVGA

  49. Hidden Anon says:

    Garbage card that overheats constantly with 8 case fans and even opening up the case with an external fan blowing on it. RMA'd same issue over 3 cards.

  50. Violet Reyes says:

    ty for the info!

  51. GucciGamerTV says:

    Just curious. I know you said you had 7 fans but around what percentage were they running at?

  52. Mohamad Nasmeer says:

    This same gpu cost in my country for 1650$ with 2years warranty can I get cheaper then this

  53. NukeN Puke says:

    There are now a few retailers here in the UK selling this model for just over £1,108 GBP. That's why I snapped one up!

  54. CyKA BlyAT says:

    Which cpu did u use for testing?

  55. KirkKarnage says:

    Just to be clear the lightning z version is no better than this card. Either that or my card is a beast because mine hits and maintains 2040 mhz on air with the fans at 50% and rarely breaks 60c.

  56. Shubham Singh says:

    should one go for this edition here? or the AMP Edition offered by Zotac?

  57. The Alchemist says:

    I dislike how every single one of your sentences is about the same length and always sound the same at the end. Very annoying.

  58. Jyotishman Nath says:

    Sir… I have

    – i7 8700k 3.7ghz processor
    – MSI RTX 2080ti gaming x trio
    – Corsair 16gb ddr4 3000 Ram
    – Gigabyte Z370 D3H motherboard
    – Acer 240hz 1080p gaming monitor
    – Coolermaster v1000 smps
    – 2 tb toshiba HDD

    But still in games fps drops to 25 to 30fps…lags alot… Very poor performance

    What is the problem…can you please help me out ????

  59. Ali Qais says:

    Can I mount this card vertically in an NZXT H700i or it’ll affect the air flow of the card fans ?

  60. Ricky Psych0 says:

    This one or the Aorus Xtreme ?! 😛 Hard choice

  61. XxHaSo0oNxX says:

    I have question, i have the same gpu but my problem is with the gpu cables ?

  62. Lyle says:

    omg i have the same nighthawk ram and slightly different carad its gaming z rtx 2060 6gb. very siimilar!

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