...a stepping stone to Lightning Z, with three fans, a huge heatsink and cooling performance that puts the Founders Edition to shame.
Nearly 18 months after its debut, the efficient yet powerful Nvidia Pascal architecture retains a firm grip on the high-end GPU landscape.
At the top of the 10-series portfolio, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti continues to serve as the preferred GPU for many enthusiasts, and substantial partner support has given would-be buyers an embarrassment of riches to choose from.
MSI already has over a dozen models in production, including both air- and liquid-cooled variants, but there's still room for more. Hoping to appeal specifically to users who shy away from the traditional Gaming X colour scheme, the new Gaming X Trio serves as a stepping stone to Lightning Z, with three fans, a huge heatsink and cooling performance that puts the Founders Edition to shame.
GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio is an impressive beast, yet with so many alternatives it is easy to nitpick some of the finer details. Are those red LEDs going to scupper a themed build? Is the factory overclock too conservative? And is the size and weight a little too cumbersome for your liking? Such points are worth bearing in mind, but they are minor blemishes on what is ultimately a top-class graphics card.
Still the best GPU for enthusiasts
Solid build quality throughout
Excellent cooling performance
Ample overclocking headroom
Runs quiet under load
Red LEDs don't suit all builds
Big and heavy
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio
The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio graphics card is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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