A new addition to MSI’s ‘Gaming X’ series of products, the GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio is actually the first triple-fan card to join the Gaming X family. Because of that, as well as several design tweaks, it is perhaps more accurate to think of this as a hybrid of the Gaming X and Lightning models. The limited edition GTX 1080 Ti Lightning remains MSI’s flagship card, but the Gaming X Trio is not far behind and should also be more readily available.
The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio definitely falls into the latter category of high-end gaming cards, with its 75MHz boost-clock bump over the standard Founders Edition version of the card, a rainbow-like light bar running across its edge, and a triple threat of fans to keep your high-end gaming rig running relatively cool and quiet. It's also massive, at about 12.5 inches long and 5 inches wide.
In the spotlight today is the MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO; a flagship graphics card boasting triple fan cooling via the Tri-Frozr thermal solution. MSI has also armed this offering with three factory overclock profiles – Silent Mode, Gaming Mode and OC Mode.
The front panel of the card features a variety of outputs. There are two DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, two HDMI 2.0b outputs, and a DVI-D DL output. The GTX 1080 Ti is not just about high-resolution gaming. Computationally intensive programs can utilize the GPU's 3584 cores to accelerate tasks using CUDA or other APIs.
To keep cool, even when overclocked, MSI implemented their Tri-FROZR cooler on this card. The Tri-FROZR cooler uses three large TORX 2.0 fans to force air through the heatsink and dissipate heat and lower the GPU's internal temperature. Because this kind of cooler recirculates air back into the case, this card works best in cases that have unrestricted airflow. There is also a backplate and an L-shaped light bar with symmetrical red dragon claw lights. The LED lights are divided into three zones, which can be controlled with MSI Mystic Light.
With Ansel, gamers can compose the gameplay shots they want, pointing the camera in any direction and from any vantage point within a gaming world. They can capture screenshots at up to 32 times the screen resolution, and then zoom in where they choose without losing fidelity. With photo-filters, they can add effects in real-time before taking the shot.
With a compatible motherboard and a connecting bracket, two or more NVIDIA GPUs of the same model can combine processing power using NVIDIA's Scalable Link Interface (SLI). How the cards work together can be customized to suit your preferences. Alternate frame rendering has each alternating card prepare the next frame, essentially multiplying the capabilities of a single card's maximum capable frame rate output. Each card in the configuration can also be used to improve anti-aliasing by being able to process an image in parallel with the other cards before filtering out jagged edges.
NVIDIA's parallel computing platform which enables an increase in computing performance by harnessing the parallel nature of GPU processing. CUDA compatible applications can assign intensive parallel computing tasks, such as real-time video rendering, to the GPU to process, freeing up the computer's CPU to run other tasks.
- Very fast.
- Excellent cooling solution.
- Easy on the ears, especially while idling as the fans stop spinning altogether.
- RGB LED strip is bling-tastic.
- Red-only LEDs on the underside of the card aren’t ideal.
It is essentially a hybrid of the company’s Gaming X and Lightning models – take a Lightning triple-fan cooler, stick it on a Gaming X PCB and you pretty much have a Gaming X Trio.
The card’s design is definitely more colour neutral than previous Gaming X cards, as typically the Gaming X series is known for its red and black colour scheme. With the rise of RGB lighting, however, rigid colour schemes have become much less popular as they can clash with whatever colour scheme your own system uses.
The MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio is a fabulous card. It is cool, quiet and very, very fast.
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