Final Thoughts & Conclusion
MSI’s 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO impressed us the first moment it came out of the box and continued to do so until the end of this review. Its impressive physical size is going to make SFF enthusiasts cringe, but the tri-FROZR cooler does an impressive job and certainly isn’t wasted space. The cooler is easily the 2nd most impressive thing about this card, it easily keeps the card right around the 60C mark with zero to minimal noise under all conditions, and when pushed to 100% fan speed, which is audible but not loud, it keeps the card among the coolest air-cooled card’s we’ve ever tried out, let alone a top end high-performance gaming card.
The most impressive feature is its overclocking headroom and ensuring performance. It does an incredible job right out of the box and doesn’t need to be touched, but we just can’t leave well enough alone. Reaching a peak fully stable core clock of 2075Mhz is solid for any GTX 1080Ti, but the fact that the Video memory can be pushed to nearly 13Ghz effective speed is just astounding as is burying the overclock slider to a staggering +1000 Mhz. While we couldn’t complete every single benchmark at that speed, we could do so at 12.4Ghz Effective, giving us a final peak fully stable overclock of 2075Mhz / 12.4Ghz.
Aesthetics of the GAMING X TRIO are aggressive, and the backplate is just beautiful, but the accent lights around the fans being stuck as red only do take away from the RGB experience provided by the area on the backplate a bit we feel. It’s going to seem a trivial thing to point out, but it’s often overlooked and can drive some people nuts. The MSI logos on all three fans are perfectly centered on the Gaming X Trio, so when the fans DO run, which doesn’t happen all the time, the logos don’t wobble around. It really is the little details sometimes that matter, and MSI covered that one, like all the rest.