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.
|GTX 980 Ti||$390||2816||96||1000 MHz||1075 MHz||1750 MHz||GM200||8000M||6 GB, GDDR5, 384-bit|
|R9 Fury X||$380||4096||64||1050 MHz||N/A||500 MHz||Fiji||8900M||4 GB, HBM, 4096-bit|
|GTX 1070||$400||1920||64||1506 MHz||1683 MHz||2002 MHz||GP104||7200M||8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit|
|RX Vega 56||$500||3584||64||1156 MHz||1471 MHz||800 MHz||Vega 10||12500M||8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit|
|GTX 1080||$500||2560||64||1607 MHz||1733 MHz||1251 MHz||GP104||7200M||8 GB, GDDR5X, 256-bit|
|RX Vega 64||$620||4096||64||1247 MHz||1546 MHz||953 MHz||Vega 10||12500M||8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit|
|GTX 1080 Ti||$745||3584||88||1481 MHz||1582 MHz||1376 MHz||GP102||12000M||11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit|
|MSI GTX 1080 |
Ti Gaming X Trio
|$850||3584||88||1544 MHz||1658 MHz||1376 MHz||GP102||12000M||11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit|
|Titan Xp||$1,200||3840||96||1480 MHz||1582 MHz||1426 MHz||GP102||12000M||12 GB, GDDR5X, 384-bit|