MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio review: more is better?

The longest GTX 1080 Ti up until this point – but is it also the best one?


Throttling test

While the different turbo technologies keep getting more advanced, the actual performance during gaming depends a lot on whether or not the cooling is adequate enough to keep the clockspeed at a high level. After all, if the card lowers the clock frequency after a few minutes of gaming, the performance will suffer from this. That is why we run the throttling test. It will show if the advertised performance will be achievable after a longer period of gaming.

The throttling test consists of having Project Cars race automated for half an hour. Meanwhile we keep an eye on the clock speeds and temperatures by writing them to a log file every second. Afterwards we analyze this data, with the charts below as the end result.

In the graph we see that the temperature occasionally goes up or down slightly, but averages at about 67 degrees Celsius. The clockspeed is almost stable at 1936 MHz, with a small drop once in a while.

In comparison with the original Gaming X, the Gaming X Trio clocks slightly higher: about 1 percent. However, compared with the Founders Edition this is an increase of 12 percent.

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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1544 MHz, 11264 MB

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