Under the Hood
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 covers the 2080 Gaming X Trio with a full cover aluminum backplate with a beautiful brushed finish.
After removing more than a dozen of these screws, you can remove the back plate.
MSI uses thermal pads to move heat to the backplate from over the GPU die and the GDDR6 memory areas of the board.
The pads are hidden so as not to be visible through the vented areas on the back plate.
After removing four spring-loaded screws from around the GPU die area, we can move on.
The heatsink assembly is tethered by four cables, three in the rear corner and one on the other side in the center.
After removing the one near the GPU die, you can open the assembly up.
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.
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’s crams seven heat pipes into a small area, dubbed ‘Concentrated heat pipes’ by forming them into squares so stack tightly together.
After pulling two screws out of the rear bracket, we can remove the Close-Quarters cooling bracket.
The cooling bracket covers the GDDR6 memory as well as some smaller power components towards the front.
MSI’s custom 10+2 Phase power delivery feeds the Gaming X Trio from twin 8-pin power connections.
MSI’s TORX 3.0 fans use two different blade types create a very concentrated air flow stream for better cooling.
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’s Wave-curved heatsink looks incredible, but it also optimizes heat dissipation while reducing turbulence for less noise in operation.
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.
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.
8GB of memory is provided by Microns 8PA77 D9WCW 14Ghz GDDR6 IC’s
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.