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Review: MSI Trident X 9th

by Parm Mann on 8 February 2019, 14:00

Tags: MSI, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Test Methodology

Comparison Systems - Part One

System Name
CPU
Intel Core i7-8700K
Intel Core i7-8700K
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Intel Core i7-8700
Intel Core i7-9700K
Overclocked
No
No
No
No
No
Max Turbo Frequency
4.7GHz
4.7GHz
4.3GHz
4.6GHz
4.9GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
6 / 12
6 / 12
8 / 16
6 / 12
8 / 8
CPU TDP
95W
95W
105W
65W
95W
CPU Cooler
Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2
Corsair liquid cooler
Cooler Master Seidon 240V
MSI RGB CPU Fan
Motherboard
Asus Prime Z370-A
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Asus Prime B350-Plus
MSI B360M Bazooka
MSI Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Memory
32GB DDR4 (4x8GB)
32GB DDR4 (2x16GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
8GB DDR4 (1x8GB)
32GB DDR4 (2x16GB)
Memory Speed
17-17-17-39-2T @ 2,400MHz
16-18-18-35-2T @ 2,666MHz
16-18-18-36-1T @ 3,000MHz
17-17-17-39-2T @ 2,400MHz
19-19-19-43-2T @ 2,666MHz
Graphics
Inno3D GeForce GTX 1080 Ti X2 11GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SeaHawk 11GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Aero ITX 8GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GB
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ventus OC 8GB
Primary Storage Device
500GB Samsung 960 Evo SSD
512GB Samsung PM961 SSD
240GB Adata Ultimate SU650 SSD
128GB Transcend SSD230S SSD
512GB Samsung PM981 SSD
Second Storage Device
4TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
16GB Intel Optane + 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Optical Drive
-
-
-
DVD Writer
-
PSU
Aerocool Integrator (700W, internal)
Corsair SF500 Gold (500W, internal)
Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite (500W, internal)
Delta GPS-550LB H (500W, internal)
650W, internal
Chassis
Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB
Corsair One
Cooler Master MasterBox MB500
MSI Infinite A
MSI Trident X
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Warranty
Five years (two years collect-and-return, five years labour)
Two years (parts and labour, to an authorised centre - Scan in the UK)
Three years (one-month collect-and-return, two-year parts, three-year labour)
One year
Two years
Date Reviewed
December 2017
May 2018
April 2018
July 2018
February 2019
Cost As Reviewed
£2,700
£2,700
£1,369
£1,399
£2,699

Comparison Systems - Part Two

System Name
CPU
Intel Core i7-8700K
Intel Core i9-7900X
Intel Core i5-8600K
Intel Core i7-8086K
Intel Core i9-9900K
Overclocked
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Max Turbo Frequency
4.7GHz
4.6GHz
4.8GHz
5.0GHz
5.0GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
6 / 12
10 / 20
6 / 6
6 / 12
8 / 16
CPU TDP
95W
140W
95W
95W
95W
CPU Cooler
Nofan CR-95C Black Pearl IcePipe
EK Liquid Loop
Noctua NH-D15S
Corsair Hydro Series H100i Pro RGB
Corsair Hydro Series H150i Pro
Motherboard
Asus Prime Z370-A
Asus RoG Strix X299-E Gaming
Asus RoG Strix Z370-H Gaming
Asus RoG Strix Z370-F Gaming
Asus RoG Maximum XI Hero
Memory
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
32GB DDR4 (4x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
32GB DDR4 (2x16GB)
Memory Speed
14-16-16-31-2T @ 2,400MHz
16-18-18-36-2T @ 3,200MHz
15-17-17-35-2T @ 3,000MHz
15-17-17-35-2T @ 3,000MHz
16-18-18-36-2T @ 3,200MHz
Graphics
Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX 4GB
Nvidia Titan Xp 12GB
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming 8GB
Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Dual OC 8GB
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC Ultra Gaming 11GB
Primary Storage Device
250GB Samsung 960 Evo SSD
512GB Samsung 960 Pro SSD
250GB Samsung 960 Evo SSD
500GB Samsung 970 Evo SSD
1TB Samsung 970 Evo SSD
Second Storage Device
-
2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
2TB WD Blue HDD
2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Optical Drive
-
-
-
-
-
PSU
Nofan P-500A Silent (500W, internal)
Corsair RM650X (650W, internal)
Corsair RM650X (650W, internal)
Corsair TX550M (550W, internal)
Corsair RM750X (750W, internal)
Chassis
Jonsbo UMX4 Zone Black Window
Fractal Design Define S
Fractal Design Define C
NZXT H500i
NZXT H700
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Warranty
Two years (parts, labour and collect-and-return)
Three years (first year onsite, second and third year return-to-base with parts and labour)
Three years (first year onsite, second and third year return-to-base with parts and labour)
Three years (first year onsite, second and third year return-to-base with parts and labour)
Three years (first year onsite, second and third year return-to-base with parts and labour)
Date Reviewed
November 2017
August 2017
November 2017
September 2018
October 2018
Cost As Reviewed
£1,770
£4,000
£1,700
£2,400
£3,400

CPU and Storage Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.

Memory and Storage Benchmarks

AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance and aggregated 4K QD32 speeds.

System and Gaming Benchmarks

PCMark 10 The tests in this benchmark cover a wide range of activities from everyday productivity tasks to demanding work with digital media content.
3DMark 3DMark Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs.
Gaming A selection of modern titles are tested at various resolutions.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption Noted for system idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and while gaming.
Temperature Noted for CPU idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and for GPU while gaming.