MSI Gaming X Trio RTX 3080 Graphics Card Review

/ 2 years ago

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A Closer Look

There’s one thing that you’ll notice very quickly about this card, it’s size. It’s a big card, and I like that. A massive cooler often transforms to cooler and quieter performance. Plus, it looks awesome, with that trilogy of fans spanning the length of it.

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There’s a really funky fan surround too, with a heptagon design, albeit one with strangely unequal sides, but I like it.

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The fans are the MSI Torx 4.0, which are designed to work in pairs to pull huge amounts of air through the card. Of course, there’s a zero RPM mode too, so the card will only spin the fans it needs when it needs them.

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The heatsink is pretty massive too, and no doubt explains why the card is so heavy too. You can also see thick copper heatpipes running through the card.

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Unlike the Founder Edition cards, or whatever they’re calling them these days, there’s no custom 12-pin cable. However, as you can see, it does require a whopping THREE 8-pin connectors.

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You’ll want a pretty decent power supply to run this, remember, you can’t use splitters. It’ll be a good time to deploy some custom cables and cable combs though.

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The back of the card is gorgeous too, with a matte black backplate.

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There’s an exposed bracket here, which is obviously what mounts the heatsink to the main chipset. There’s a cheeky warranty sticker here though, so you best check with MSI if you’re fitting a water block.

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Need some more RGB? The text down the side of the card is RGB lit. However, there’s a lovely frosted white lightbar down this side too.

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That USB C VR port is gone this generation, I guess it didn’t get much love, but you do get three DP and a single HDMI port.

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There’s a small bracket in the bottom left here. The card can be fitted with the anti-droop bracket if required.

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