MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO Review: Page 5 of 11

Posted by Damon Bailey on Friday, September 28, 2018 - 8:00am

Under the Hood

 

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

For anyone wanting to take advantage of the new NV-Link connection, you’ll need to remove a piece of decorative trim with two screws to allow NV-Link bridge clearance.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

MSI covers the 2080 Gaming X Trio with a full cover aluminum backplate with a beautiful brushed finish.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

After removing more than a dozen of these screws, you can remove the back plate.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

MSI uses thermal pads to move heat to the backplate from over the GPU die and the GDDR6 memory areas of the board.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

The pads are hidden so as not to be visible through the vented areas on the back plate.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

After removing four spring-loaded screws from around the GPU die area, we can move on.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

The heatsink assembly is tethered by four cables, three in the rear corner and one on the other side in the center.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

After removing the one near the GPU die, you can open the assembly up.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

MSI’s Close-Quarters Cooling remains stuck to the card via some thermal pads to the memory and two screws through the rear I/O bracket.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

On the business end of the heatsink, you get the GPU die contact area as well as another metal plate in the rear that soaks up heat from the VRM area.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

MSI’s crams seven heat pipes into a small area, dubbed ‘Concentrated heat pipes’ by forming them into squares so stack tightly together.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

After pulling two screws out of the rear bracket, we can remove the Close-Quarters cooling bracket.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

The cooling bracket covers the GDDR6 memory as well as some smaller power components towards the front.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

MSI’s custom 10+2 Phase power delivery feeds the Gaming X Trio from twin 8-pin power connections.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

MSI’s TORX 3.0 fans use two different blade types create a very concentrated air flow stream for better cooling.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

After removing 6 screws inside the fan housings that hold the shroud down, and 9 screws from the fans to wiggle them around to free the shroud.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

MSI’s Wave-curved heatsink looks incredible, but it also optimizes heat dissipation while reducing turbulence for less noise in operation.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

There are two different sizes of customized Power Logic fans, the one towards the rear of the card is smaller than the middle and front fans.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

Our MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio carries not only the TU104-400 designation but also a new ‘A’ in the part number. Nvidia is pre-screening dies this generation into two bins, the more capable dies carry the ‘A’ designation while the ones used on the stock, non-overclocked cards are minus this character.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

8GB of memory is provided by Microns 8PA77 D9WCW 14Ghz GDDR6 IC’s

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

You’ve probably already seen the power chokes in other pictures, but this is such a small detail that not many will ever see to appreciate. MSI has capped each inductor with a brushed aluminum decal featuring the MSI dragon.

 

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