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MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio - An expensive take on the RTX 2080 Ti

The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio: An expensive, but factory overclocked, GPU. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio: An expensive, but factory overclocked, GPU. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio is more than just a mouthful. The TU102-powered card comes factory overclocked, with three axial fans and takes up three PCIe slots. MSI may have a hard time selling it though, as its US$1,250 price tag may have people looking at cheaper RTX 2080 Ti alternatives.

The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio is a beast in all senses of the word. Not only is it huge, but it also delivers stellar performance in all modern triple-A games. We cannot underestimate the size of the Gaming X Trio, either. If you are considering purchasing the Gaming X Trio, then we would recommend double-checking whether your existing build can accommodate it, as it takes up three PCIe slots and is 32.7 cm long. By contrast, something like the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti VENTUS measures in at 26.8 cm, mostly because it has two fans to the X Trio's three.

The X Trio is a power-hog too, with MSI setting its TDP to 300 W by default, a full 40 W higher than the Founders Edition. What's more, the X Trio is capable of hitting 330 W when overclocked, which pushed our system beyond 530 W when gaming. Hence, you will likely need at least a 650 W power supply to power the X Trio and the rest of your system.

Thankfully, the triple axial fans and massive heatsink keep temperatures and noise in check. Even setting our review unit to a power target of 110% did not faze it, with core temperatures remaining at a healthy 75 °C. RGB is a nice touch too, although somewhat of a gimmick.

Perhaps most importantly, the X Trio flies in all modern triple-A titles. Most games are playable at ultra graphics in 4K too, but some titles like Borderlands 3, Control and Red Dead Redemption 2 will only average beyond 60 FPS at UHD. Conversely, we had to drop Anno 1800 to high graphics and 1080p before it would stay above that threshold. Please note that our test system included an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, an AIO, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and an M.2 PCIe SSD, so your results with the X Trio may vary depending on your system.

Please see our MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio review for our full thoughts on this US$1,250 monster and why you may want to look to other RTX 2080 Ti cards rather MSI's latest effort.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-12-22 (Update: 2019-12-22)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.