MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB Review 15

MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB Review

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a mean machine based on NVIDIA's second-biggest implementation of its "Pascal" architecture, the 16 nm "GP102" silicon. This is the same chip that drives the TITAN X Pascal. The GTX 1080 Ti features the same number of CUDA cores as the latest TITAN, at 3,584 spread across 28 streaming multiprocessors. There is some cost-cutting here, but none that is designed to lower performance - the chip has a slightly narrower memory bus at 352 bit; that's a memory chip less than what you'd find on the TITAN X Pascal. The total memory amount is hence 11 GB. A cluster of ROPs is also disabled, so you now get 88 ROPs (as opposed to the 96 ROPs on the TITAN). The memory chips are, however, clocked 10% higher to make up for the 8.3% narrower memory bus. This move also translates into cost savings due to the lack of a 12th memory chip and probably better yields for the GP102 chip.

The MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio came to us as a surprise and is probably one of the last custom variants of the GTX 1080 Ti that will be released. MSI has taken the fantastic thermal solution of the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning and put it on a GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X PCB, which should help with cost. Also removed are overclocker-specific features like dual BIOS and voltage measurement points.

Overall, this results in a card that makes huge promises: best noise and temperatures with a pretty RGB backplate without breaking the bank. We will investigate this closely in the following review.

According to MSI, the price for the Gaming X Trio is €829, which seems slightly off as the card is now listed for €899 in shops (both prices include VAT). Its exact price in US dollars isn't available yet; for the comparisons in this review, we used $850, which should roughly match the expected price point.

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Market Segment Analysis
GTX 980 Ti$390 2816961000 MHz1075 MHz1750 MHzGM2008000M6 GB, GDDR5, 384-bit
R9 Fury X$380 4096641050 MHzN/A500 MHzFiji8900M4 GB, HBM, 4096-bit
GTX 1070$400 1920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX Vega 56$500 3584641156 MHz1471 MHz800 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080$500 2560641607 MHz1733 MHz1251 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit
RX Vega 64$620 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$745 3584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
MSI GTX 1080
Ti Gaming X Trio
$8503584881544 MHz1658 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
Titan Xp$1,200 3840961480 MHz1582 MHz1426 MHzGP10212000M12 GB, GDDR5X, 384-bit
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