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?


Test method

We perform our graphics cards tests using a selection of the games that we use for 3D-chips. For comparing GPUs we use a lot more games; if you want to compare the GTX 1080 Ti with the AMD competition, we would like to refer you to our extensive GTX 1080 Ti review.

For our tests we made an entirely new selection of games. On every graphics card we run these six games:

  • Battlefield 1 (DX12)
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands (DX11)
  • GTA V (DX11)
  • Hitman (DX12)
  • Rainbow Six: Siege (DX11)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX12)

The resolutions at which we test a graphics card depends with the sensibility of certain settings. This means we prevent low-end graphics cards rendering a slide show at 4K-resolution, and also limit CPU-bottlenecks by testing high-end cards on low settings. In the case of the GTX 1080 Ti we tested all cards using the following resolutions and settings:

  • 2560x1440 (WQHD) Medium / Normal
  • 2560x1440 (WQHD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
  • 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Medium / Normal
  • 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA

Our test system runs on Windows 10 Creators Update 64 bit and consists of the following components:

Aside from performance we also measure the power consumption and noise levels of graphics cards. Lastly we also look at how the clockspeed changes during a long gaming session, to find out if the cooler on the card is adequate enough to prevent thermal throttling.

In the graphs, the Gaming X Trio can be recognized by the red bar. The Nvidia Founders Edition is green, while the original Gaming X has a blue bar. 

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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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