MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X TRIO review

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MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X TRIO (8G) 

We review the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X TRIO, NVIDIA has launched a new Super graphics cards, as in super-charged. GeForce RTX 2080 Super is based on a Turing TU104 chip and that is quite a step forward. But let's check out what MSI has done with it. The super card has been beefed up, received a hefty cooler and a moderate tweak. Will it be enough the dress and impress? GeForce RTX 2080 Super is based on a Turing TU104 chip and was paired with some snazzy fast GDDR6 graphics memory. So then, worth it? Let's find out.

Super-charged and super clocked, yet armed with a silent and cool looking cooling solution.  It has been an interesting year for NVIDIA as the GeForce RTX 2060, 2070 2080 and 2080 Ti became available. People had been very interested and were warmed up for DLSS (Tensor) and the ability to play Battlefield V in that hybrid Raytraced way. NVIDIA initiated massive internet virals to gain media coverage. But then it all kinda exploded in their face as end-users looked the other way when they learned about the very steep price level. There is no audience more critical than a PC Gamer, and when they have to pay a large sum of money for visual differences that are often hard to spot and cost a lot of FPS, you bet that can (and did) backfire. None the less, NVIDIA chose a direction that in my opinion was the right course to follow, and something they cannot back away from. So what to do in the meantime to satisfy the budget-conscious PC gamer? Well, with the help of the RT and Tensor-less GTX 1650, 1660 and 1660 Ti NVIDIA got the noses of many gamers pointed in the right direction again. However, graphics cards anno 2019 has become seriously expensive, that fact alone and all by itself is increasingly endangering the GPU related industry, as to why pay 500 to 1000 bucks for just a graphics card when you can buy a complete console for less? That is the core and rudimental essence of the root problem that NVIDIA and AMD are fighting right now. None the less, a few weeks ago, NVIDIA started teasing a new Super series, which we still like to refer to as a supercharged product. With AMD's NAVI based Radeon RX 5700 series coming out of the closet soon, NVIDIA figured that it was important enough to release a new series smack down in the middle of vacation time, the summer. Two out of three cards have been released a few weeks ago, this round we look at the GeForce RTX 2080 Super. And no, there will not be a 2080 Ti Super. 

GeForce RTX 2080 Super

The GeForce RTX 2080 Super is based on the familiar TU104 graphics processor. It haz 3072 activated shader processors enabled for the Super edition. With 64 ROP units and 192 texture units, it will not be a slouch. It has an 1815 MHz boost clock for the founders version. This card has also been fitted with even faster 15.5 Gbps GDDR6 memory, 8GB of it. This card will get a 250 Watt TDP. This product (founders edition) will be priced at 699 USD. The card offers one HDMI port and three DisplayPorts and a Virtual link (USB) connector. Alongside the 128 extra shader processors the GDDR6 memory runs an effective 15.5 Gbps.


GeForce FounderRTX 2070 SuperRTX 2070 FERTX 2080 SuperRTX 2080 FE
GPU TU104 TU106 TU104 TU104
Shader cores 2560 2304 3072 2944
Boost frequency 1770 MHz 1710 MHz 1815 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory frequency 14 Gbps 14 Gbps 15.5 Gbps 14 Gbps
Memory bus 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X TRIO

The  MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X TRIO, is kind of closest to the Lightning models I think?  This graphics card comes customized with higher-factory clocks (1845 MHz Boost), a triple-fan solution as well as a very nice RGB setup. RTX 2080 SUPER or not, this card passive up-to roughly 60 Degrees C and has a lot of hidden gems. It won't run any warmer than 70 Degrees C. The Gaming X Trio comes with updated looks, it's styled a bit after the Lightning in RGB design elements with a combination that hints towards the Twinfrozr looks. The new cooler is thicker and heavier at 2.7 PCIe slots, but that's definitely worth it as you'll see in our acoustic measurements. The card comes with two 8-pin power headers. Included is a back-plate but also a mounting strut to stabilize the card which MSI previously called "LAN Party Guard", so if you move around the card it'll be secure and tight preventing a sagging card due to the movement (as it is heavy). The card offers one HDMI ports and three DisplayPort outputs and the new Virtual link (USB) connector.  This Turing 104 GPU empowered product was paired with new Samsung GDDR6 ICs that clock stock at 15.5 GHz (effective data-rate). The card is designed in all black with some colored elements. Have a peek and then lets dive deep into this review.

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