MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Z TRIO Review

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NVIDIA has yet to release an upgraded version of the RTX 2080 Ti called Super due to its TU102 core being too powerful for the device. However, this does not mean that there is no room for further enhancements, just as the introduction of the RTX 2080 Super is based on the production of higher-rate (16Gbps) GDDR6 memory particles, the higher-grade RTX 2080 Ti is also allowed to be used with such memory to further maintain performance hegemony. The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Z TRIO is one such UHF RTX 2080 Ti card.

product specification
The TRIO series is one of the most highly configured series in MSI’s graphics card lineup with high spec triple fans, a luxurious board design with 8+8+6-pin power connectors, and the Z logo meaning high frequency version of the same series. The nominal Boost frequency of 1755MHz is also the general level of the high-spec RTX 2080 Ti. The 16,000MHz equivalent of memory is not only the best memory possible for the pellet itself, but also the best available at retail for the entire RTX 20 series.

GPU-Z reading infographic:

The default power consumption limit is 300W, which can be unlocked to 350W.

The maximum acceleration frequency of the actual core of the prototype card is at least 1950MHz.

Product Analysis
Packaging with color printed product photos on the cover.

Includes manuals, comic book pages, PCI mounting bracket and a power adapter cable as standard on Trio cards.

The front of the graphics card. As there is no new generation, the styling is still the same.

The back is a brushed metal back panel in two-tone silver and grey.

Monochrome decorative logo near the tail.

The RTX 2080 Ti’s outputs are a standard combination of three DP 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b and one USB Type-C. The RTX 2080 Ti’s outputs are a combination of three DP 1.4, one HDMI 2.0b and one USB Type-C.

Triple fan design with 9cm+dual 10cm combination. Iconic and unique fan blade design. Dragon logo sticker in three colors.

A decorative pattern of dragon scales on the housing and a white light guide to reveal the RGB effect for rotational installation.

One corner of the housing is designed to be removable, allowing for the exposure and connection of the NVLink SLI port required for multiple graphics cards.

NVLink SLI connection interface.

The top of the graphics card, and the outside of the frame allow for plenty of airflow.

8+8+6pin power connector.

GeForce RTX logo and MSI logo light on top. The four-color combination is aesthetically pleasing and legible even when not lit.

When lit up, it creates a beautiful, even, streamlined RGB effect.

The length of the whole card is about 33cm.

The overall height (including the baffle) reaches approximately 15.7cm.

The overall thickness of about 57mm, occupying nearly three slots.

Decomposition diagram.

Bottom side of the main radiator.

Full nickel plated copper base with heat pipe through aluminum fins.

Equipped with six 6mm heat pipes and one 8mm heat pipe. They are machined into a square section near the core to increase the contact area.

Uniform and comprehensive distribution of heat pipe arrangements.

The integrated base plate and thermal pad are in contact with the components of the power supply module, so that the main heat sink is also used for cooling the power supply module.

The front side is covered with a central frame plate which is used to improve the heat dissipation of the components on the other side of the power supply module, with thermal pads affixed to contact the MOSFETs, inductors and host position.

There is also a thermal pad on the front of the frame to allow contact with the main radiator.

The inside of the back panel.

Thermal pads are placed on the inside of the backplane near the GPU and memory. The whole backplane is also used to improve the heat dissipation.

Board front.

Back of the board.

The overclocked version of the RTX 2080 Ti features the TU102-300A GPU.

The memory is Samsung’s 8Gb 32bit 16Gbps GDDR6, which is available in 11 pieces of 11GB 384bit.

14-phase GPU power supply and 3-phase video memory power supply.

Two uP9512Ps are the mains PWM controllers for the power supply.

One Onsemi FDMF3160 MOSFET per phase.

8+8+6pin power connector.

test platform
Graphics:MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Z TRIO
CPU:Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.50GHz
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB ,16GB(2x8GB) @3466MHz,CL16
Hard Disk:Samsung PM961 256GB
Power Supply:Seasonic PRIME ULTRA 850 TITANIUM
Chassis: Corsair 760T
Cooler:Corsair H80i v2 + Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM(CPU)
Noctua NF-A14 FLX x2 (Chassis front)

Driver: NVIDIA Display Driver v451.48
System:Windows 10 Version 1909 64-bit
Software:GPU-Z 2.32.0

The fan speed of the case is fixed at about 550RPM.

Ambient temperature and humidity:

Performance Testing
3DMark Fire Strike graphics card scores 37099, total score 23571.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme graphics card scores 17580,15317 overall.

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra graphics card scores 8595,8444 overall.

3DMark Time Spy graphics card score 15255,total score 12123.

3DMark Time Spy Extreme graphics card score 7190,total score 5630.

3DMark Port Royal score 9336.

Furmark’s GPU reaches a maximum temperature of 74°C under full load, with two sets of fans running at around 1550RPM and 1650RPM respectively.

The power consumption of the whole machine is about 404W.

The decibel meter measured approximately 50.8 dBA at the rear of the case near the graphics card.

Return to standby mode, the GPU temperature gradually drop to 51 ℃, the fan stops.

The power consumption of the whole machine is about 58W.

The decibel meter measured approximately 43.2 dBA at the rear of the case near the graphics card.

The “RTX On” gaming experience
The biggest feature of the RTX 20 series is the support for real-time ray tracing acceleration, and the features are already fully compliant with the recently finalized DirectX 12 Ultimate. This also means that the RTX 20 has been given a ticket to the next generation of PC Gaming technology.
At the moment, the increasing number of games that support “RTX On” is also enhancing the visual experience for gamers.

Shadow of Tomb Raider (2018)
Tomb Raider 11, released almost simultaneously with the RTX 20 series graphics cards, was one of the first games to feature light-tracking effects. As a representative of the early light chase games, the use of light chase was superficial, with only shadows being used to enhance the effects.

Control (2019)
Not only is it a finalist for TGA Game of the Year 2019, it’s also proactive in its use of new technology. It offers a more comprehensive real-time ray tracing effect. It’s also one of the first games announced this year to support NVIDIA’s DLSS 2.0 update.
With light tracking enabled, reflections of glass, and smooth surfaces appear more complete and accurate, and light and shadows appear more natural.

Minecraft Ray Tracing Preview(2020)
RTX On isn’t just for the highly realistic mega-genre, it’s also springing up on My World, Mosaic Cube. However, this version is still in beta, and the light chase effects will only be available on certain maps.
The difference between switching the RTX on and off in this game is not just the presence or absence of real-time light tracking, but the presence or absence of light.

sum up
Already when the RTX 2080 Ti debuted, MSI has already launched another version of the same board and thermal design as this MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Z TRIO, the RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X TRIO with X suffix, as a high configuration series of MSI graphics cards. At the time, it was already a good high-frequency setup. However, as the core process matured and memory specifications changed over the past two years, it was also possible to bring the core and memory back up to speed and into mass production. MSI’s ample design leeway made it possible for the board and cooling solution to be fully prepared for this round of upgrades, seamlessly completing the overall upgrade on the Z version, and still maintaining stable and excellent performance, as well as beautiful cooling and silent performance.

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