MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO Review

Author:Brent Justice

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Wednesday, December 05, 2018

We review MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO in the latest 2018 games using all the RTX features capable at this time. We compare performance at 1440p and 4K with an overclocked GTX 1080 and RX Vega 64. DXR Reflection Ray Tracing in Battlefield V and Adaptive Shading RTX technology in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

Evaluation Method

We evaluate what the card can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.


For both NVIDIA GPUs we are using GeForce 417.01 driver released on November 26th. There is a newer driver that was just released, 417.22, but it does not affect any of the tests we are performing today so 417.01 is current for our testing.

For the AMD GPU we are using AMD Adrenalin 18.12.1 released November 29th.

Video Cards

For comparison we are using a MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X video card. We are operating this video card at its stock factory overclocks. It comes clocked with a boost at 1823MHz. In our GPU consistency testing It averaged 1923MHz when playing games. This represents a high level of GTX 1080 performance to compare with the RTX 2080.

We also overclock this video card in this review today, we use these maximum overclocks which run it at an average of 2089MHz when gaming for the overclock results.

We are also using an ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 OC video card for comparison. This video card also has a factory overclock we will be operating it at, which is 1590MHz boost. We will be using this video cards maximum overclocks shown here for overclocking it in this review.