MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio

Ventilation 3 fans
GPU clock 1515 MHz
GPU Boost 1860 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP; 1xHDMI
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 260 W
Recommended power supply 650 W

If your graphics card’s cooling performance is important to you, you will have to take a look at the RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio from MSI. To make matters worse, it also looks damn good – despite one special feature.

Cooling and features

The cooling is ensured by three fans, each with 14 blades. However, it is noticeable that two of the fans are 9.5cm, and the third is over 8.5cm. A sight that takes getting used to in the otherwise successful design.

However, the high-quality TORX 3.0 fans do a good job, both in low volume and cooling performance. They are also only activated from a value of more than 60 ° C.

The heat sink itself is very massive and is heavy. MSI even includes small support! It does not consist of simple lamellas but rather forms a wave shape that offers a more cooling surface and is intended to ensure less noise. The color of the LED lighting can be adjusted on the side and the front. The backplate closes off the rear of the housing.

The most important performance data:

  • The maximum measured temperature under load: 63 ° C
  • Volume : idle 29 dBA, under load 35 dBA
  • Overclocking: Guru3D has chased the card up to 2070 Mhz, a performance increase of 5% in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy  Benchmark (Non-OC): 10628

Differences between the MSI RTX 2080 graphics cards

MSI offers a whole range of different RTX 2080 models, but they are quite similar. The main differences between the MSI cards are the cooling solution and the clock rates:

  • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ventus *: Lower boost (1800 MHz), lower power consumption (225 W), significantly smaller and lighter, power via 1x 8 pin and 1x 6 pin instead of 2x 8 pin, only two fans of a different design, slightly cheaper
  • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Duke OC *: Slightly lower boost clock (1845 MHz), slightly lower power consumption (245 W), slightly smaller and lighter, power via 1x 8 pin and 1x 6 pin instead of 2x 8 pin, TORX Fan 2.0 fan, cooler with normal slats
  • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Aero *: Considerably lower boost (1710 MHz), lower power consumption (215 W), significantly smaller, almost half as light, power via 1x 8 pin and 1x 6 pin instead of 2x 8 pin, top blower fan with worse cooling
  • MSI GeForce RTX Sea Hawk EK X: Slightly smaller dimensions, slightly lighter, designed for liquid cooling and therefore no fans included!
Pros
  • Excellent cooling performance
  • Low volume
  • Quality design
Cons
  • its Bulky as compared to other cards
  • Huge card
  • High power consumption

Asus GeForce RTX 2080 ROG Strix OC

Ventilation 3 fans
GPU clock 1515 MHz
GPU Boost 1860 MHz
Input / Output 2xDP; 2xHDMI
Memory 8GB
Power consumption 250 W
Recommended power supply 650 W

The Asus GeForce RTX 2080 ROG Strix OC is a high-end RTX 2080 card and, as so often, picks up the “cooling cup.” If you would like to own a visually appealing card in addition to performance, you can’t go wrong with the Asus GeForce RTX 2080 ROG Strix OC.

Cooling & features

Asus uses three fans for cooling, the hubs of which have been reduced in size to allow longer fan blades. Also, the inside of the fans was sealed according to protection standard IP5X. This means that no dust and dirt can penetrate there.

To minimize the noise pollution from the fans, they only switch on when the temperature exceeds 55 ° C. As a result, the card works completely noiselessly when the load is low.

In addition to longer fan blades, the heat sink has also been enlarged. The 20% increase over the previous generation of cards results in occupancy of 2.7 slots but a maximum of 61 ° C.

In addition to the control software “ASUS GPU Tweak II Utility,” there is also a free license for the “XSplit” streaming program as a nice bonus.

In addition to a continuous backplate, the card has RGB lighting on both the back and the front. You can, of course, freely set colors and light patterns.

The most important performance data

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 61 ° C
  • Volume : idle 0 dBA, under load 36 dBA
  • Overclocking: Guru3d has chased the card up to 2040 Mhz; performance increase by 5% in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy  Benchmark (Non-OC): 10671

Differences to other versions:

  • Asus RTX 2080 Dual *: Lower boost clock (1800 MHz), only two fans of a different design, different outputs (1 HDMI, 3 DP), power consumption through 1×8 and 1×6 pin instead of 2x 8 pin, the card is shorter
  • Asus RTX 2080 Turbo *: Lower boost clock (1710), completely disguised, an individual fan of a different design (blower), 1 HDMI connection less, power consumption through 1×8 and 1×6 pin instead of 2x 8 pin, the card is shorter and narrower
Pros
  • Extremely quiet
  • Best cooling on the market
  • Zero fan mode
Cons
  • Individual specimens are prone to coil whine
  • Not cheaper than other RTX 2080
  • Power consumption could be less

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Gaming

Ventilation 2 fans
GPU clock 1410 MHz
GPU Boost 1800 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP; 1xHDMI
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 215 W
Recommended power supply 650 W

If you want to play at the top in terms of performance but are looking for a graphics card with a manageable size, you should take a look at the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Gaming.

The XC version of the card has a narrow heat sink and low fan wheel hubs. In return for a little less cooling capacity, the card only takes up 2 slots!

Cooling & Features

It is cooled with two fans that are embedded in a mostly transparent cladding. As you know, you can argue about taste, but we think that the cladding of some competitors is more impressive than the unobstructed view of the heat sink.

It doesn’t change anything that you get a trim kit that decorates a small part of the cladding in red, black, or white as an eye-catcher. There are also RGB LEDs.

On the back, the card has a continuous backplate, which, however, compared to other manufacturers, has slightly larger ventilation slots. If you look at the maximum temperature of 75 ° C, the ventilation slots do not really help the temperature regulation or the optics. However, if the temperature is much lower, the fans stop, and the GPU is virtually silent.

The most important performance data:

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 75 ° C
  • Volume : Idle 0 dBA, no information under load
  • Overclocking: KA
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): KA

Benchmarks currently only exist for the XC Ultra version. However, since this has a larger heat sink and 15MHz more boost, different temperature values ​​are to be expected.

Differences to other EVGA RTX 2080 cards:

  • EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC ULTRA GAMING *: Larger heat sink, 15 MHz more boost, but space requirements of 2.75 slots, but too expensive
  • EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 BLACK EDITION GAMING *: Lower boost, poorer cooling, and only slightly cheaper, therefore less recommended
  • EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING *: Three fans instead of two, 60 MHz more boost but significantly longer and higher with space requirements of 2.75 slots at a considerable surcharge
Pros
  • Short & slim 2-slot design
  • Low energy consumption
  • Top customer service
Cons
  • Visually getting used to
  • quite expensive
  • Sometimes the worst cooling performance

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X TRIO

Ventilation 3 fans
GPU clock 1650 MHz
GPU Boost 1845 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP; 1xHDMI
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 250 W
Recommended power supply 650 W

With the RTX 2080 Super series, MSI once again packs the best of all worlds into one card with its Gaming X Trio. MSI has done an excellent job with the X TRIO, from the factory overclocking (the card has a core clock of 1845 MHz) to the excellent cooling (with the well-known TRI-FROZR design) to the great RGB lighting with the Mystic Light Sync function.

Cooling and Features

MSI uses a complex double aluminum finned cooler, which absorbs the GPU’s heat via seven heat pipes and is cooled by three fans.

The RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X TRIO is slightly above the competition in almost all tests in terms of performance. Even if the differences are small, the card’s advantage can be further increased by overclocking, especially since the PCB design, cooling, and voltage converters allow it.

In terms of appearance, the card is also characterized by a stylish design: the high-quality metal backplate and RGB lighting round off the whole thing.

Also, everything is rounded off by excellent software support. The famous MSI Afterburner software makes overclocking the card a breeze, while the Dragon Center software provides easy access to one-click tweaking, hardware monitoring, RGB control, and other features.

Overall, the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING X TRIO combines powerful hardware, well-developed software, and first-class quality.

The card achieves the following values  (sources are the tests by Guru3d and Techpowerup ):

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 65 ° C
  • Volume : idle 29 dBA, under load 36 dBA
  • Overclocking: To 2063 Mhz, a 9% increase in performance
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark  (Non-OC):  11840
Pros
  • Great performance and many features
  • Excellent cooling
  • Quiet operation
Cons
  • More expensive than the KFA2
  • Memory not overclocked
  • Extremely bulky – might not fit into many cases

Gigabyte AORUS RTX 2080 SUPER WATERFORCE

Ventilation 2 fans, AIO
GPU clock 1650 MHz
GPU Boost 1860 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP; 3xHDMI, 1x USB-C
Memory 8 GB
Power consumption 300 W
Power supply recommendation 700 W

Are you looking for an RTX 2080 SUPER that stands out from the crowd in several ways? Then you found it. Because the Gigabyte AORUS RTX 2080 SUPER WATERFORCE is one of the few water-cooled options on the market, if you were to describe this card with one word, then “quiet” would be an option.

Cooling and Features

Thanks to the special water cooling system, you achieve excellent heat dissipation: The 240 mm radiator is equipped with two 120 mm RGB fans. Not only does this setup provide the card with excellent cooling at minimum volume, but it also allows for two additional 120mm fans to be fitted for a push-pull configuration, paving the way for serious overclocking. However, most of you don’t need to overclock as the card is clocked at 1860 MHz by default. However, it’s always good to have some leeway and be future-proof.

The cooling is not the only argument with which the Gigabyte AORUS WATERFORCE comes up. Because the card has no fewer than 7 video outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1.4 connections, 3x HDMI connections, and a USB Type-C. There is also impressive RGB lighting, both on the card itself and the two fans so that this card is sure to become an eye-catcher in the case.

Overall, the Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER WATERFORCE is worth a look if you are looking for a card that offers outstanding performance and runs very quietly.

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 57 ° C
  • Volume: No precise information, but very quiet according to many sources (not audible)
  • Overclocking: to 2085 Mhz
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark  (Non-OC):  12320 (11734 = value for the normal RTX 2080 version – extrapolated by 5%)
Pros
  • Best cooling
  • Solid performance
  • Extremely quiet operation
Cons
  • More expensive than the KFA2
  • More complicated installation
  • It takes up a lot of space in the housing

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming

Ventilation 3 fans
GPU clock 1350 MHz
GPU Boost 1755 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP; 1xHDMI
Storage 11 GB
Power consumption 250 W
Recommended power supply 700 W

In addition to one of the highest boost rates among our 2080 Ti, the FTW3 Ultra Gaming also features the one with the lowest power consumption. However, this is excessively high if you use multiple monitors. But who is shocked when they can show what is clearly the best benchmark?

Cooling & Features

The three built-in fans are supposed to be an improvement, but that only partially works. The low heat development is positive, which is impressive. The volume is again rather sobering. Even if there are much louder cards, the FTW3 Ultra Gaming, unfortunately, does not manage to score here. At least it has a fan stop when the load is low.

The fans are, in turn, the focus of the design. RGB LEDs highlight them, but it looks a bit carelessly designed, and the transparent cladding around the fans also looks rather unadorned.

The iCX2 technology is also hidden inside the card. It should ensure precise cooling of the system via the nine built-in heat sensors and also provides an overview of your electricity consumption.

According to the Techpowerup test, the card achieved the following values :

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 64 ° C
  • Volume : idle 0 dBA, under load 38 dBA
  • Overclocking: techpowerup has clocked the card up to 2010 Mhz, performance increase by 9% in benchmarks
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 14055
Pros
  • Best benchmark
  • Zero fan mode
  • Good cooling
Cons
  • High power consumption with multi-monitor setup
  • A little louder under load
  • Rather mediocre card design

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Windforce OC

Ventilation 3 fans
GPU clock 1350 MHz
GPU Boost 1620 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP; 1xHDMI
Storage 11 GB
Power consumption 250 W
Recommended power supply 650 W

If you need a slim design, you should look at the 2080 Ti Windforce OC from Gigabyte. Although it is by no means a small version with a length of 28 cm, it only occupies two slots. Interesting fact: In addition to a good price-performance, the Windforce OC also offers a fairly high power limit of 366W, making it well suited for overclocking.

Cooling and Features 

The graphics card is cooled by three fans. These switch off automatically when the load is low, thus ensuring silent use.

The “alternate spinning” used seems extremely useful at first glance. The two outer fans rotate in the same direction, while the middle fan rotates in opposite directions.

The targeted effect of getting the air out of the graphics card with less turbulence cannot be confirmed based on the temperature values. Nevertheless, 74 ° C is recorded under load, but the noise development seems to be within limits.

The RGB lighting of the otherwise nicely designed cladding can only be used to a limited extent. Ultimately, only the manufacturer’s lettering is clearly illuminated. Other cards have more to offer here. All in all, you still get a lot of performance for fair money compared to other RTX 2080 Ti cards.

The most important performance data:

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 74 ° C 
  • Volume : n / a
  • Overclocking : n / a
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 13480
Pros
  • Slim 2 slot design
  • Good value for money
  • High watt limit for overclockers
Cons
  • Quite large despite the 2 slot design
  • Not the best cooling
  • Few features

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ventus OC

The MSI RTX 2080 Ti Ventus OC stands out among the Ti versions with its two fans and is the shortest Ti card compared to a length of just 26.8 cm.

Cooling & Features

Unfortunately, first of all, we could not find a detailed benchmark test of the 2080 Ti Ventus OC. Therefore the question of the exact volume remains unanswered. However, the two fans reportedly operate relatively quietly, even at full speed.

However, it remains questionable why the card is built so short that there is only space for two fans, but it still needs 2.5 slots. We can, therefore, only recommend some of them for smaller cases.

About the fans, it should be noted that apparently, no zero fan mode exists. The fans are noiseless when the load is low, but they do not stop completely.

The built-in heat pipes are particularly noticeable because they are square. Their shape and the enormously large baseplate should also promote heat dissipation.

The design is appealing, but it does without the almost usual LED gimmicks. It is all the more pleasant that the card is not stingy in the benchmark and is one of the best Ti versions (at a fair price!).

The most important performance data:

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 72 ° C
  • Volume : n / a
  • Overclocking : n / a
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 13201

More RTX 2080 Ti cards from MSI

The same applies here: The 2080 Ti cards from MSI differ with little or no difference in performance. There are only small differences in cooling, volume, and timing. The Ventus OC ( attention: the Non-OC variant is NOT an A-Chip !) Has made the race for us. The following are the differences to the other models :

  • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio *: Higher boost clock (1755 MHz), higher power consumption (300 W), larger dimensions, more weight, has 3 fans, connection via 2x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin connector, more expensive
  • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z *: A good 300 € more expensive than the Ventus, higher boost clock (1770 MHz), higher power consumption (350 W), larger dimensions, more weight, has 3 fans, connection via 3x 8-pin connector. Of course, the Lightning has more power than the Ventus, but that doesn’t justify 300 €!
  • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SEA HAWK EK X *: Higher boost clock (1755 MHz), higher power consumption (300 W), larger dimensions, more weight, connection via 2x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin connector, geared towards water cooling and therefore no fans included!
  • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Duke OC: With RGB, 3 fans, 2.7 slots are occupied, slightly greater boo
Pros
  • Concise construction
  • Strong benchmark result
  • Large baseplate for cooling
Cons
  • Requires 2.5 slots despite its small size
  • No zero fan mode

Zotac RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme

Ventilation 3 fans
GPU clock 1350 MHz
GPU Boost 1815 MHz
Input / Output 3xDP; 1xHDMI
Storage 11 GB
Power consumption 300 W
Recommended power supply 700 W

With over 32cm, the Zotac RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme is one of the absolute heavyweights. However, the same applies to the clock rate, benchmark results, and the price.

Cooling & Features

Three 90 mm fans cool the card. Although they fit perfectly with the GPU design, the values ​​speak for a relatively mediocre cooling performance. Only Gigabyte’s 2080 Ti Windforce OC gets even warmer.

Also, the already quite loud fans are perceived as annoying since they start to turn up again and again in a temperature range that is probably too large. This gives the “Freeze Fan Stop,” which stops the fans when the load is low, a bitter aftertaste.

Obviously, the existing Active Fan Control, which regulates your fans individually, doesn’t change that much.

Performance and optics, on the other hand, are convincing. The LEDs are fantastically integrated into the card and the design is otherwise very consistent. The most important performance data:

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 75 ° C
  • Volume: idle 29 dbA, under load 43 dbA
  • Overclocking: Guru3D has chased the card up to 1965 Mhz, performance increase by 4% in games
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 13223
Pros
  • One of the strongest 2080 Ti
  • Impressive design
  • Great standard GPU boost
Cons
  • The loud, annoying fan setting
  • High temperatures despite 3 fans
  • Little increase in performance from overclocking

Asus RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC

Ventilation 3 fans
GPU clock 1350 MHz
GPU Boost 1650 MHz
Input / Output 2xDP; 2xHDMI
Storage 11 GB
Power consumption 250 W
Recommended power supply 650 W

Chic design, good performance and always ice cold? What sounds like the advertisement of a deodorant also applies to the Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC. Appropriate, because the Asus card is the “coolest” in our comparison.

Cooling & Features

The three fans used do an excellent job of cooling. None of the other RTX 2080 Ti cards in our comparison manages to dissipate heat as efficiently and to achieve a value below 60 ° C.

The fans are a bit louder in comparison, but that also depends on the mode used. Here you can choose between a silent mode and a performance mode. However, there is no need to worry when the load is low, the fans are only activated from 55 ° C.

The black design is supported by RGB LEDs that blend in discreetly. Cool: The logo is also illuminated on the backplate. Different modes can be selected, for example an adjustment of the color to the GPU temperature.

Considering the high price and the successful design, the multi-colored and only partially disguised cable at the end of the card looks extremely ugly. Fortunately, it’s not impossible to remedy this yourself.

Those who are looking for a lot of performance will also get their money’s worth here. The RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix OC positions itself at the top of the benchmarks. A free license for the streaming program “XSplit” is also included.

The most important performance data:

  • The maximum measured temperature  under load: 59 ° C (72 ° in silent mode)
  • Volume : idle 0 dBA, under load 43 dBA (0/39 dBA in silent mode)
  • Overclocking: Kitguru achieved a good 2500 points more in the 3D-Mark Firestrike, as well as 3-5 FPS in 4K gaming
  • 3D Mark Time Spy Benchmark (Non-OC): 13477
Pros
  • Extremely efficient cooling
  • Good benchmark values
  • Zero fan mode
Cons
  • One of the louder cards
  • Quite an expensive model of the 2080 Ti series
  • Cable management that looks very cheap