Msi 3090 review

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At a Glance

Expert’s Rating

Pros

  • Amazing value for professionals
  • Fastest graphics card for gaming, overclocked
  • 24GB of GDDR6X memory
  • HDMI 2.1, AV1 decode, Shadowplay for 8K gaming
  • MSI Afterburner software is great
  • Uses standard 8-pin power connectors
  • Support bracket included in box
  • Customizable RGB lighting

Cons

  • Poor value for pure gamers
  • 8K gaming is very hit and miss
  • Overclock draws significantly more power for no real performance
  • Nvidia Founders Edition is cooler, quieter, cheaper
  • Only 1 HDMI 2.1 port
  • Plastic shroud, few extra features

Our Verdict

The MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio puts its own touches and an overclock on Nvidia’s fearsome “BFGPU,” with mixed results. It’s a great card, but Nvidia’s Founders Edition is cooler, quieter, and cheaper. Make sure you can use the RTX 3090’s full potential before buying one.

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No graphics card spits out gaming frame rates as fast as Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090, and its massive 24GB of GDDR6X memory makes it an insanely good value for creators—yes, even at its staggering $1,500 baseline price. We already covered all that in our exhaustive Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition review. But pushing this much performance takes a lot of power, and a lot of power needs heavy-duty cooling. Can beefy custom coolers tame the RTX 3090 more effectively than Nvidia’s own card? That’s what we’re examining with this review of the $1,589 MSI RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio.

We’ve already rendered verdict on this battle in another form. Stepping down quite a bit in price, the $760 GeForce RTX 3080 version of the Gaming X Trio and Nvidia’s rival 3080 Founders Edition both earned top marks, and our Editors’ Choice award. We gave MSI’s model the nod for acoustics and thermals, though, as its beefy triple-slot cooler proved more effective than Nvidia’s dual-slot card.

Nvidia beefed up its Founders Edition for the RTX 3090 though, expanding it to fill three slots with exceptional results. MSI stuck with the same basic design for both the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3090. Does the Gaming X Trio remain potent enough to justify its $89 price premium over the Founders Edition at this level of performance? Let’s dig in.

Editor’s note: We’re mostly going to focus on cooling and gaming performance in this review to compare designs. For a deeper analysis of the RTX 3090’s various use cases, including content creation and 8K gaming, be sure to check out our exhaustive GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition review, or our shorter 5 things to know about the RTX 3090 for a briefer overview. If you’re only interested in gaming results, the GeForce RTX 3080 provides much better value.

MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio specs, features, and design

The basic tech specs for the MSI Gaming X Trio largely mirrors those of Nvidia’s Founders Edition, because they’re based on the same RTX 3090 chip using the new “Ampere” GPU architecture. Check out our GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition review for a deeper look at what’s new in Ampere.

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Here’s a high-level look at the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio’s specs:

  • CUDA cores: 10,496
  • Boost clock: 1,785MHz
  • Memory: 24GB GDDR6X
  • Memory bus: 384-bit
  • Memory bandwidth: 936 GB/s
  • RT cores: 82 (2nd-gen)
  • Tensor cores: 328 (3rd-gen)
  • NVLink SLI: Yes
  • PCIe: Gen 4
  • HDMI: 2.1
  • HDCP: 2.3
  • Display connectors: 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4
  • Power connectors: 3x 8-pin (with supplied 12-pin adapter)

There are only two key differences on the spec sheet (well, aside from the price) compared to the Founders Edition. First up: The GPU clock speed. While Nvidia’s card comes clocked at the 1,700MHz reference spec for the RTX 3090, MSI bumps it up to 1,785MHz on the Gaming X Trio.

That doesn’t tell the whole story though. The way Nvidia’s boost clock algorithms work, they’ll increase speed as much as thermal headroom and fan profiles allow. In practice, during a 5-lap run in F1 2020, we saw the Nvidia Founders Edition deliver consistent clock speeds of 1,785MHz to 1,815MHz. The Gaming X Trio, on the other hand, fluctuated clock speeds with much more variance. We saw speeds between 1,740MHz and 1,935MHz in the same GPU-focused benchmark, most often falling in the mid-1,800s. The wild variance likely explains why we see varied results versus the Founders Edition in our gaming benchmarks later.

MSI also uses a different power delivery system. While Nvidia’s radical cooler uses a just-as-radical proprietary 12-pin connection that requires the use of an (ugly) adapter with a pair of 8-pin power connectors, the Gaming X Trio sticks to a trio of standard 8-pin power connectors. That theoretically gives the card more overclocking headroom, and lets it reduce power demands on your motherboard’s PCIe connection. Nvidia recommends using a 750W power supply with its GeForce RTX 3090, but at the time of publication, MSI didn’t provide PSU guidance for its card.

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Finally, it’s worth noting the 24GB of GDDR6X memory. That massive VRAM buffer lets creators do things that simply aren’t possible with lower-cost GeForce cards, including the almost-as-powerful GeForce RTX 3080. If you need it, you know it, and its inclusion actually makes the RTX 3090 a killer value for prosumers, as the RTX Titan it’s replacing cost $1,000 more for a slower GPU and the same 24GB of VRAM. NVLink is another key spec for pros, as it’s not offered on any other GeForce RTX 30-series option.

The real difference lies in the cooler, though. Nvidia expanded the RTX 3080’s dual-slot Founders Edition cooler to fill three slots with the RTX 3090, but MSI slapped the same massive triple-slot “Tri Frozr 2” cooler on both versions of the Gaming X Trio. It kicks ass though, running cool and quiet.

MSI threw a ton of custom engineering into the Gaming X Trio’s design, and you can read all about it in our RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio review. The gargantuan cooler drops a trio (hence the name) of MSI’s Torx 4.0 axial fans atop a fat heatsink bristling with metal fins and five full-length heatpipes. This is a big card, so to help it stand robust, MSI reinforced its design with additional metal straps, a graphene-infused backplate that’s both stronger and dissipates more heat than plastic alone, and an optional support bracket bundled in the box. MSI also packed extra fuses onto the board for power protection and enhanced the PCB with copper to help with heat dissipation and reliability.

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This is a significant custom cooler. Again, go read our review of the RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio for a much deeper dive into the tech under the shroud. We didn’t get into it much with the RTX 3080 version, but since we’re talking about a nearly $1,600 graphics card now, I wish MSI opted for a metal shroud rather than the plastic this card uses, just to make it feel a bit more premium. That would have added even more weight, though.

Speaking of the shroud, you know this card comes with RGB LEDs. The Gaming X Trio includes a thin RGB light strip on the edge of the card, accent lights around the fans in the shroud, and the MSI logo on the side of the card also illuminates. You can tweak them using MSI’s “Mystic Light” RGB controls via the company’s Dragon Center control app, and tweak your card’s performance using MSI’s fantastic Afterburner overclocking and GPU monitoring app, which remains a go-to for enthusiasts.

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Between the shining lights, fat heatsink, and trio of power pins, the MSI Gaming X Trio gives off a very aggressive “gamer” vibe. That’s typical for consumer graphics cards, but if you’re a creator who wants the RTX 3090 for its 24GB of VRAM and GPU acceleration chops, it might not be a style you appreciate. The sleek, all-metal Nvidia Founder Edition looks much more sophisticated in your case if that’s the sort of thing that matters to you.

Neither design is conducive to fitting more than two cards in a standard PC case thanks to their 3-slot size and fans that exhaust heat into the case. If you’re a pro who wants to shove several GeForce RTX 3090s into a single workstation, we’ve seen a Gigabyte RTX 3090 that sticks to a 2-slot design with a blower-style cooler to fully exhaust GPU heat from your system, but it’s unknown whether that style of cooling offers the full performance of the power-hungry 3090 chip.

None of this matters for gamers, who should stick to one graphics card because SLI is dead.

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MSI stuck to the stock output configuration for the RTX 3090, with a single HDMI 2.1 port capable of powering an 8K display paired with three DisplayPort 1.4a connections. If you’re a gaming enthusiast who wants a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports for powering both an 8K display and a VR headset, the rival Asus TUF RTX 3090 offers that capability. To bolster that newfound 8K support, Nvidia infused the RTX 30-series with AV1 decoding to better handle 8K streams, and the ability to natively capture 8K/30 video with GeForce Experience’s Shadowplay feature.

Enough talk. To the test bench!

Next page: Our test system, benchmarks begin

Our test system

Our dedicated graphics card test system is a couple years old, but packed with some of the fastest complementary components available to put any potential performance bottlenecks squarely on the GPU. Most of the hardware was provided by the manufacturers, but we purchased the cooler and storage ourselves.

  • Intel Core i7-8700K processor ($300 on Amazon) overclocked to 5GHz all cores
  • EVGA CLC 240 closed-loop liquid cooler ($105 on Amazon)
  • Asus Maximus X Hero motherboard
  • 64GB HyperX Predator RGB DDR4/2933 ($355 on Amazon)
  • EVGA 1200W SuperNova P2 power supply ($352 on Amazon)
  • Corsair Crystal 570X RGB case, with front and top panels removed and an extra rear fan installed for improved airflow
  • 2x 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSDs ($70 each on Amazon)

We’re comparing the $1,589 MSI RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio against Nvidia’s $1,500 GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition, naturally, as well as the $700 GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition. (The RTX 3080 MSI Gaming Trio delivered virtually identical performance.) We’ve also included results for a bunch of prior-gen Founders Edition cards: Nvidia’s $800 GeForce RTX 2080, $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti, and the older $700 GTX 1080 FE. (MSRP prices for the 1080 and 2080 started at $100 less, but Nvidia charged a premium for the FE models.) We’re also including the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 in our roundup, as our GTX 1080 Ti FE gave up the ghost years ago. AMD Radeon graphics cards can’t compete with Nvidia’s enthusiast-class GPUs in gaming performance, so they’re not included here.

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We test a variety of games spanning various engines, genres, and graphics APIs (DirectX 11, DX12, and Vulkan). Each game is tested using its in-game benchmark at the Ultra graphics presets unless otherwise noted, with VSync, frame rate caps, real-time ray tracing or DLSS effects, and FreeSync/G-Sync disabled, along with any other vendor-specific technologies like FidelityFX. We’ve also enabled temporal anti-aliasing (TAA) to push these cards to their limits. We run each benchmark at least three times and list the average result for each test. We tested the older cards using Nvidia’s publicly available 452.06 Game Ready driver, the RTX 3080 cards using a 452.16 driver provided early to reviewers, and the RTX 3090 cards using the publicly available 456.38 driver.

Overall, the GeForce RTX 3090 offers about 10 to 15 percent more performance than the RTX 3080 at 4K resolution, and less of an improvement at 1440p. We’ll present these 4K and 1440p gaming benchmarks but withhold additional commentary for our final analysis. Our RTX 3080 review already proved this even more potent card isn’t a good 1080p option, as cheaper cards are just as fast at that resolution.

Again, traditional gaming is only part of the reason why you’d want an RTX 3090: Check out our full Nvidia RTX 3090 Founders Edition review for a deeper dive into the GPU’s content creation and 8K gaming chops.

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Horizon Zero Dawn

Yep, Sony exclusives are hitting the PC now. Horizon Zero Dawn hit Steam with some performance issues, but the most egregious ones have been mostly cleared up thanks to hard work from the developers, and the game topped the sales charts for weeks after its release. It also seems to respond somewhat to PCIe 4.0 scaling, which will make this an interesting inclusion when we shift to a PCIe 4.0-based system in the future.

Horizon Zero Dawn runs on Guerrilla Games’ Decima engine, the same engine that powers Death Stranding. Ambient Occlusion can still offer iffy results if set to Ultra, so we test with that setting at Medium. Every other visual option is maxed out.

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Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics puts it own brutal, fast-paced spin on the XCOM-like genre. This Unreal Engine 4-powered game was built from the ground up for DirectX 12, and we love being able to work a tactics-style game into our benchmarking suite. Better yet, the game comes with a plethora of graphics options for PC snobs. More games should devote such loving care to explaining what flipping all these visual knobs mean. You can’t use the presets to benchmark Gears Tactics, as it intelligently scales to work best on your installed hardware, meaning that “Ultra” on one graphics card can load different settings than “Ultra” on a weaker card. We manually set all options to their highest possible settings, including the GPU-melting Glossy and Planar Reflections options.

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Metro Exodus

One of the best games of 2019, Metro Exodus is one of the best-looking games around, too. The latest version of the 4A Engine provides incredibly luscious, ultra-detailed visuals, with one of the most stunning real-time ray tracing implementations released yet. We test in DirectX 12 mode with ray tracing, Hairworks, and DLSS disabled for our basic benchmarks.

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Next page: Gaming benchmarks continue

Borderlands 3

Borderlands is back! Gearbox’s game defaults to DX12, so we do as well, and it gives us a glimpse at the ultra-popular Unreal Engine 4’s performance in a traditional shooter.

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Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is a cooperative third-person shooter where a team of adventurers blasts through hordes of mythological enemies. It’s a technological showcase, built around the next-gen Vulkan and DirectX 12 technologies and infused with features like HDR support and the ability to toggle asynchronous compute on and off. It uses Rebellion’s custom Azure engine. We test using the Vulkan renderer, which is faster than DX12.

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Total War: Troy

The latest game in the popular Total War saga, Troy was given away free for its first 24 hours on the Epic Games Store, moving over 7.5 million copies before it went on proper sale. Total War: Troy is built using a modified version of the Total War: Warhammer 2 engine, and this DX11 title looks stunning for a turn-based strategy game. We use the more intense battle benchmark scene.

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F1 2020

The latest in a long line of successful racing games, F1 2020 is a gem to test, supplying a wide array of both graphical and benchmarking options, making it a much more reliable (and fun) option that the Forza series. It’s built on the latest version of Codemasters’ buttery-smooth Ego game engine, complete with support for DX12 and Nvidia’s DLSS technology. We test two laps on the Australia course, with clear skies on and DLSS off.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider concludes the reboot trilogy, and it’s utterly gorgeous. Square Enix optimized this game for DX12, and recommends DX11 only if you’re using older hardware or Windows 7, so we test with DX12. Shadow of the Tomb Raider uses an enhanced version of the Foundation engine that also powered Rise of the Tomb Raider and includes optional real-time ray tracing and DLSS features.

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Next page: Gaming benchmarks continue, power and thermals

GTA V

This DX11 game that isn’t really a visual barn-burner like the (somewhat wonky) Red Dead Redemption 2, but still tops the Steam charts day in and day out, so we deem it more worthy of testing. RDR2 will melt your graphics card, sure, but GTA V remains so popular years after launch that upgraded versions of it will be available on the next-generation consoles. That’s staying power.

We test Grand Theft Auto V with all options turned to Very High, all Advanced Graphics options except extended shadows enabled, and FXAA. GTA V runs on the RAGE engine and has received substantial updates since its initial launch.

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Rainbow Six Siege

Like GTA V, Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege still dominates the Steam charts years after its launch, and it’ll be getting a visual upgrade for the next-gen consoles. The developers have poured a ton of work into the game’s AnvilNext engine over the years, eventually rolling out a Vulkan version of the game that we use to test. By default, the game lowers the render scaling to increase frame rates, but we set it to 100 percent to benchmark native rendering performance on graphics cards. Even still, frame rates soar.

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Power draw, thermals, and noise

We test power draw by looping the F1 2020 benchmark at 4K for about 20 minutes after we’ve benchmarked everything else and noting the highest reading on our Watts Up Pro meter, which measures the power consumption of our entire test system. The initial part of the race, where all competing cars are onscreen simultaneously, tends to be the most demanding portion. We’re adding the MSI Gaming X Trio version of the RTX 3080 to the mix for these tests, so you can see the difference between the MSI and Nvidia coolers in their RTX 3080 and 3090 iterations.

This isn’t a worst-case test; we removed the Core i7 8700K’s overclock and specifically chose a GPU-bound game running at a GPU-bound resolution to gauge performance when the graphics card is sweating hard. If you’re playing a game that also hammers the CPU, you could see higher overall system power draws. We saw Borderlands 3 draw well over 600W on our system with the Gaming X Trio installed. Consider yourself warned, and maybe consider upgrading your power supply.

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Hot damn. The Nvidia RTX 3090 Founders Edition was the first GPU to ever top 500W of total system draw in our tests, but between the extra fans, RGB lights, and 85MHz overclock, MSI’s Gaming X Trio sucks down considerably more juice. It comes closer to 600W than 500W. Oof. It doubly hurts because MSI’s card isn’t noticeably faster in real-world games even with the overclock.

We test thermals by leaving GPU-Z open during the F1 2020 power draw test, noting the highest maximum temperature at the end.

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While the Gaming X Trio’s beefy triple slot Twin Frozr 2 cooler gave it the edge in its RTX 3080 incarnation, the tables get turned with the RTX 3090. Nvidia bulked the RTX 3090 Founders Edition up to three slots and it’s incredible: cool on par with the best custom designs we’ve seen, and utterly silent under even the most strenuous loads.

That said, MSI’s card still very much impresses. It keeps the ferocious RTX 3090 GPU at a very cool 73 degrees itself, and while it’s not silent, it’s incredibly quiet. The Gaming X Trio’s thermals and acoustics will probably hold up well against rival custom RTX 3090s, but the Nvidia Founders Edition is more efficient.

Next page: Should you buy the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio?

Should you buy the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio?

This is a more difficult question to unpack than with most graphics cards. Let’s break it down into two parts: First, whether you should even buy a GeForce RTX 3090, and second, whether the MSI Gaming X Trio is worth consideration.

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Most pure gamers shouldn’t buy any GeForce RTX 3090, full stop. Yes, it’s the fastest gaming card in the world, but it’s only 10 to 15 percent faster than the $700 GeForce RTX 3080, which costs under half as much. The GeForce RTX 3080 delivers staggering gaming performance at 4K and high-refresh rate 1440p resolutions, and it rocks for 3440×1440 ultrawide, too. It’s so powerful you can even play ray traced games with DLSS on at those lofty resolutions—something you couldn’t say with high-end RTX 20-series cards. MSI’s own $760 RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio is a wonderful choice. The RTX 3080 can’t game at 8K like the RTX 3090, but even the 3090 struggles with many games at that resolution. It’s more of a mixed-bag gimmick than a viable option in most titles.

If you’re only interested in gaming, you should only opt for an RTX 3090 if you have deep pockets and don’t mind paying up for the absolute best possible gaming performance, value be damned. You exist, and the RTX 3090 will indeed rock your socks.

The GeForce RTX 3090 is a stunning value for prosumers who want to put it to work and play on the side, on the other hand. The improvements in Nvidia’s Ampere architecture makes the RTX 3090 significantly faster than previous-gen gaming flagships and AMD’s rival Radeon VII in content creation and GPU compute tasks, and its massive 24GB of GDDR6X memory lets this card perform tasks that consumer graphics cards with less VRAM simply can’t, like editing 8K video. The RTX 3090 also supports NVLink, unless the rest of the RTX 30-series lineup.

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Look: If you need the GeForce RTX 3090, you probably already know it. If you’re on the fence, check out exhaustive review of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition, where we dig deep into its content creation and 8K gaming chops as well as our standard benchmarks. And if you do need it for work, you’ll probably consider the GeForce RTX 3090 a sterling value, as it costs a whopping $1,000 less than the (slower) RTX Titan did.

Okay. So you want an RTX 3090. Should you get the MSI Gaming X Trio?

We’d recommend opting for Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition if you can snag one, actually. It delivers the same essential level of performance but uses significantly less power while running cooler and staying utterly silent. The mild factory overclock that MSI applies to the Gaming X Trio definitely makes it sweat harder—especially in power draw. The fact that Nvidia’s FE costs $90 less is the cherry on top.

You won’t be disappointed if you snag MSI’s customized graphics card, though. It’s hellaciously fast, and while it’s not as cool or as quiet as Nvidia’s Founders Edition, it’s still very cool and very quiet. This is a great cooling design; Nvidia’s is just phenomenal. And if you want RGB lighting (or don’t want to fuss with an ugly 12-pin power adapter), then you’ll prefer MSI’s card.

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At $1,589, the MSI Gaming X Trio won’t be as exorbitantly priced as some many other custom RTX 3090 models. Then again, MSI’s custom offering lacks some niceties you’ll find on other models. You won’t find luxurious extras like a dual-BIOS switch or fan control headers that tie into GPU speed, and while MSI’s heavy use of plastic could be overlooked with the RTX 3080 version of the Gaming X Trio, it’s worth pointing out here. If you’re spending a solid four figures on a graphics card, details count.

Bottom line? The MSI RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio is a great version of a highly specialized GPU. Get Nvidia’s cheaper, slightly better Founders Edition if you can, but don’t hesitate to snap up the Gaming X Trio if Nvidia’s model sells out. Just make sure your workload—and your power supply—can handle it.

Sours: https://www.pcworld.com/article/393541/msi-geforce-rtx-3090-gaming-x-trio-review.html

MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO Review

Introduction

NVIDIA has just unleashed its new GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card today, with the very best that the Ampere-based GA102 GPU has to offer with an ultra-huge 24GB of ultra-fast GDDR6X memory.

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The new GeForce RTX 3090 is effectively the new TITAN RTX as it replaces it in terms of the 24GB framebuffer and high price -- $1499 for the RTX 3090. This is $1000 cheaper than the TITAN RTX that the new RTX 3090 beats in every test and demolishes it in 8K gaming.

MSI provided me with a review unit before launch, so we can now roll right into the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO graphics card review. If you are in the market for a new RTX 3090 and wanted a kick ass custom-cooled, triple-fan RTX 3090 then you need to have your wallet ready (if the websites don't crash this time) for the MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO.

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NVIDIA is charging $1499 for its new GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition, while the custom MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO costs $1589, a $90 premium over the RTX 3090 FE.

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Everything You Need to Know About Ampere

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  • Ampere GPU architecture: NVIDIA has so much going on under the Ampere GPU hood, with the GA102 GPU packing a huge 28 billion transistors (that's 28,000,000,000) on the Samsung 8nm node. We have a huge 10496 CUDA cores on GA102, over double the 4608 CUDA cores on the TITAN RTX.
  • RTX improvements: NVIDIA has effectively doubled everything when it comes to RTX, where it will rips and tears your games and delivers them to your eyeballs faster than ever before with Ampere. If you want to run any RTX-powered games, you'll want a new GeForce RTX 3080.
  • GDDR6X memory: The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 has 10GB of GDDR6X memory on a 320-bit memory bus, with a huge 760GB/sec of memory bandwidth. You should see the 4K gaming results for the evidence of the Ampere GPU + GDDR6X memory slaying it.
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  • PCIe 4.0 connectivity: NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards are now PCIe 4.0 compatible, so if you're building a new AMD Ryzen 3000 series system with an X570 motherboard -- you will be ready to rock and roll with PCIe 4.0 connectivity.
  • HDMI 2.1: 4K 120Hz + 8K 60Hz = single cable: If you are buying a new TV in the coming months or years, HDMI 2.1 is going to be something you want. It opens up the bandwidth floodgates to 4K 120Hz and 8K 60Hz over the single HDMI 2.1 cable.
  • RTX IO: NVIDIA's introduction of RTX IO with Ampere is very similar to the ultra-fast game load times on the next-gen Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles. You can read all about RTX IO right here, which is something we'll see build more foundation in 2021 and beyond.

MSI marketing

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MSI has deployed its TRI FROZR 2 thermal system on the custom GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO, with what MSI calls the "perfect balance of cool and quiet". It's true, the card runs incredibly quiet during gaming loads while keeping GPU clocks up nice and high.

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We have the core pipes precision-machined for maximum contact on that Ampere GA102 GPU, spreading the heat along the entire length of the heat sink.

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MSI has multiple thermal improvements with the TRI FROZR 2 thermal system, with wave-curved 2.0 fin edges that will disrupt unwanted airflow harmonics which give you a quieter-operating graphics card, while keeping the air running over it as quick -- but as quiet -- as it can.

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A nice recap on what is going on under the hood of the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO graphics card.

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The card doesn't just look great, have kick ass performance, awesome thermals -- but it's also tough as nails. MSI has used more fuses in its custom PCB that provide improved protection against electrical damage. The enhanced PCB material design is using 2oz thickened copper as well, which improves conductivity, improving heat dissipation, and high-performance reliability.

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MSI wants you to bend the rules, not the card.

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You get a brace in the box so your MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO doesn't sag in your rig.

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MSI also has a comprehensive software package in its Dragon Center -- which lets you tweak, customize, and optimize your system in real-time in a few easy clicks of your mouse.

RTX 3090 tech specs

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Just look at the sheer CUDA core count increase, from the 4608 CUDA cores inside of the TITAN RTX to the insane 10496 CUDA cores inside of the RTX 3090. We have increases across the board, with third-gen Tensor Cores (328 of them) versus second-gen Tensor Cores in the TITAN RTX (576 of them).

We have 82 second-gen RT Cores in the new RTX 3090, versus 72 first-gen RT Cores inside of the TITAN RTX while TUs get bumped up from 288 to 328 and ROPs from 96 to 112 -- nice increases across the board, with some even more impressive performance numbers.

We have the same 24GB of VRAM here -- but the new RTX 3090 gets some ultra-fast GDDR6X memory versus the slower GDDR6 (but same 24GB framebuffer) on the TITAN RTX. It's on the same 384-bit memory bus, but the new GDDR6X is clocked at a much higher 9750MHz (19.5Gbps) versus 7000MHz (14Gbps) which results in way higher memory bandwidth numbers that hit 936GB/sec on the RTX 3090 compared to just 672GB/sec.

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MSI cranks up the GPU boost up to 1785MHz -- but my sample was pushing higher than that, and still had some OC headroom which we'll go into later on in the review.

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NVIDIA has a new third-generation NVLink bridge and connector with the GeForce RTX 3090, with the new RTX 3090 the only one in the Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series stack that supports multi-GPU technology. The new third-gen NVLink bridge has 112.5GB/sec of bandwidth to share between two RTX 3090 graphics cards.

Detailed Look

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MSI is using the same retail packaging on its GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO as the RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO. We have detailed information on the TRI FROZR 2 cooling system on the back, as well as some more specs and the big mention of 24GB of GDDR6X memory in the bottom right.

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From the front of the card we have that triple-fan TRI FROZR 2 cooling system, as well as some RGB lights on those grills around the middle fan.

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You will either not like, or you will love the backplate on the MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO. I personally dig it, but if it were up to me I'd get rid of that huge 'GEFORCE RTX' branding -- but I'm sure that is a condition of NVIDIA's for MSI to comply with. Personally, just the MSI dragon (even that could be removed) would look slick on the back.

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It's a thick card -- but it's no thicker than the MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO.

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You will need 3 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors for the card.

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That's a lot of pins.

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We have the same 3 x DP 1.4 and 1 x HDMI 2.1 as the RTX 3090 FE and MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO.

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Test System Specs

Latest upgrade:

Sabrent sent over their huge Rocket Q 8TB NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD, which will be my new Games install SSD inside of my main test bed. Even the MSI Lucky Dragon loves it, he was just as hungry as I was during these reviews and 20-hour days for weeks on end. Thanks, Sabrent!

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I've got a new upgrade inside of my GPU test bed before my change to a next-gen test bed, where I will be preparing for NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere graphics cards and AMD's next-gen RDNA 2 graphics cards.

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Sabrent helped out with some new storage for my GPU test beds, sending over a slew of crazy-fast Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSDs. I've got this installed into my GPU test bed as the new Games Storage drive, since games are so damn big now. Thanks to Sabrent, I've got 2TB of super-fast M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD storage now.

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Anthony's Test System Specifications

Additional Images

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Benchmarks - Synthetic

3DMark Fire Strike

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3DMark has been a staple benchmark for years now, all the way back to when The Matrix was released and Futuremark had bullet time inspired benchmarks. 3DMark is the perfect tool to see if your system - most important, your CPU and GPU - is performing as it should. You can search results for your GPU, to see if it falls in line with other systems based on similar hardware.

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3DMark TimeSpy

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Heaven - 1080p

Heaven benchmark

Heaven is an intensive GPU benchmark that really pushes your silicon to its limits. It's another favorite of ours as it has some great scaling for multi-GPU testing, and it's great for getting your GPU to 100% for power and noise testing.

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Benchmarks - 1080p

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DOOM Eternal is one of the best-looking, but superbly-optimized games of 2020 with the folks at id Software truly putting their all into the id Tech 7 engine for DOOM Eternal. We're using the Vulkan API on DOOM Eternal here.

You can buy DOOM Eternal at Amazon.

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Another new entry into our regular graphics card benchmarks is Red Dead Redemption 2, which is powered by the RAGE engine by Rockstar Games. The RAGE engine has been tuned from its normal use in the Grand Theft Auto series. We're also running this on the Vulkan API.

You can buy Red Dead Redemption 2 at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a sequel to the popular Shadow of Mordor, which was powered by the Lithtech engine. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of War at Amazon.

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Metro Exodus is one of the hardest tests that our graphics cards have to go through, with 4A Games' latest creation being one of the best looking games on the market. It is a serious test that pushes GPUs to their limits, and also features RTX technologies like DLSS.

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Far Cry New Dawn was developed by Ubisoft, and is powered the Dunia Engine, an engine that has been modified over the years for Far Cry and last used in Far Cry 5. Dunia Engine itself was a modified version of CRYENGINE, scaling incredibly well on all sorts of hardware.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of the latest games to join our graphics card benchmark lineup, with the game built using the Foundation engine as a base, the same engine in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Eidos Montreal R&D department made lots of changes to the engine during the development of Shadow of the Tomb Raider to make it one of the best-looking games out right now.

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1080p Benchmark Performance Thoughts

Please, please do not buy the GeForce RTX 3090 for 1080p gaming... it is so, so beyond overkill for 1080p gaming. Even 1440p gaming isn't really where the RTX 3090 is aiming for, it's more for 4K gaming -- and even 8K gaming finally.

Still, you are getting unrivaled performance even at 1080p.

Benchmarks - 1440p

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DOOM Eternal is one of the best-looking, but superbly-optimized games of 2020 with the folks at id Software truly putting their all into the id Tech 7 engine for DOOM Eternal. We're using the Vulkan API on DOOM Eternal here.

You can buy DOOM Eternal at Amazon.

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Another new entry into our regular graphics card benchmarks is Red Dead Redemption 2, which is powered by the RAGE engine by Rockstar Games. The RAGE engine has been tuned from its normal use in the Grand Theft Auto series. We're also running this on the Vulkan API.

You can buy Red Dead Redemption 2 at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a sequel to the popular Shadow of Mordor, which was powered by the Lithtech engine. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of War at Amazon.

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Metro Exodus is one of the hardest tests that our graphics cards have to go through, with 4A Games' latest creation being one of the best looking games on the market. It is a serious test that pushes GPUs to their limits, and also features RTX technologies like DLSS.

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Far Cry New Dawn was developed by Ubisoft, and is powered the Dunia Engine, an engine that has been modified over the years for Far Cry and last used in Far Cry 5. Dunia Engine itself was a modified version of CRYENGINE, scaling incredibly well on all sorts of hardware.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of the latest games to join our graphics card benchmark lineup, with the game built using the Foundation engine as a base, the same engine in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Eidos Montreal R&D department made lots of changes to the engine during the development of Shadow of the Tomb Raider to make it one of the best-looking games out right now.

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1440p Benchmark Performance Thoughts

Please, please do not buy the GeForce RTX 3090 for 1080p gaming... it is so, so beyond overkill for 1080p gaming. Even 1440p gaming isn't really where the RTX 3090 is aiming for, it's more for 4K gaming -- and even 8K gaming finally.

Still, we're looking at 240FPS in DOOM Eternal on maxed out Ultra Nightmare settings, while we have 1-5FPS more performance from the MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO graphics card over the RTX 3090 FE.

Benchmarks - 4K

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DOOM Eternal is one of the best-looking, but superbly-optimized games of 2020 with the folks at id Software truly putting their all into the id Tech 7 engine for DOOM Eternal. We're using the Vulkan API on DOOM Eternal here.

You can buy DOOM Eternal at Amazon.

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Another new entry into our regular graphics card benchmarks is Red Dead Redemption 2, which is powered by the RAGE engine by Rockstar Games. The RAGE engine has been tuned from its normal use in the Grand Theft Auto series. We're also running this on the Vulkan API.

You can buy Red Dead Redemption 2 at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a sequel to the popular Shadow of Mordor, which was powered by the Lithtech engine. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of War at Amazon.

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Metro Exodus is one of the hardest tests that our graphics cards have to go through, with 4A Games' latest creation being one of the best looking games on the market. It is a serious test that pushes GPUs to their limits, and also features RTX technologies like DLSS.

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Far Cry New Dawn was developed by Ubisoft, and is powered the Dunia Engine, an engine that has been modified over the years for Far Cry and last used in Far Cry 5. Dunia Engine itself was a modified version of CRYENGINE, scaling incredibly well on all sorts of hardware.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of the latest games to join our graphics card benchmark lineup, with the game built using the Foundation engine as a base, the same engine in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Eidos Montreal R&D department made lots of changes to the engine during the development of Shadow of the Tomb Raider to make it one of the best-looking games out right now.

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4K Benchmark Performance Thoughts

Across the board you get more performance out of the box with the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO over the RTX 3090 FE -- with games like DOOM Eternal up to 8FPS better -- with 164FPS average at 4K over the 156FPS average on the RTX 3090 FE.

For the most part, you're going to get 1-5FPS more at stock settings. There's some OC headroom for another few FPS on top of that as well. You're getting masterclass 4K performance with the MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO graphics card.

Benchmarks - 8K

8K might sound like just 'double 4K' but it really isn't -- it is quad 4K, you would need 4 x 4K monitors stacked 2-by-2 in order to have the same pixel count as an 8K monitor or TV.

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We're using the Dell UP3218K monitor, which is a native 8K monitor outputting 7680 x 4320 at 60Hz. The monitor uses 2 x DisplayPort cables to do it, but I will note that NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards all support HDMI 2.1.

HDMI 2.1 is capable of delivering either 4K 120Hz or 8K 60Hz through a single HDMI 2.1 cable, which is what all of the new 8K TVs hitting the market will be using.

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8K Benchmark Performance Thoughts

I went into greater detail on the 8K performance of the GeForce RTX 3090 in my Founders Edition review, with MSI's custom RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO adding a few more FPS on each game I tested. Here's what I said in my RTX 3090 FE review:

This is why we're here: 8K gaming.

7680 x 4320 isn't easy... 4x the pixels of 4K, 16x the pixels of 1080p -- it chews through VRAM like it's nothing. You will need 16GB or more VRAM to drive 8K in some games (Control, Death Stranding, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and others) which is where the huge 24GB framebuffer of the RTX 3080 FE and TITAN RTX come into play.

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition carves through DOOM Eternal pumping out an astonishing 46FPS on the Nightmare graphics preset. The RTX 3090 rips and tears through DOOM Eternal harder than the RTX 3080 did... 46FPS average at 8K is bananas.

$1000 cheaper, 35% faster at 8K -- amazing.

Shadow of War at 8K on its maxed out graphics settings also has some great performance to stretch the legs of the GeForce RTX 3090, with 36FPS average -- up from the 30FPS on the RTX 3080 FE and just 24FPS on the TITAN RTX. This is a huge 50% increase in performance over the TITAN RTX.

But then you come to Control... and without any DLSS enabled (but RT fully cranked up) the GeForce RTX 3090 comes out swinging -- and while it might 'only' be 10FPS average, the only other card capable of running it at 8K + RT is the TITAN RTX (as you need 16GB+ of VRAM). The RTX 3090 FE is a game-changing 80% faster than the TITAN RTX in Control at 8K with ray tracing maxed out.

This is f***ing pure insanity, representing a I-had-to-double-check-my-numbers 80% increase in performance over the TITAN RTX that cost $2499.

RTX 3090 FE > TITAN RTX:

  • Control: 80% faster
  • Death Stranding: 46% faster
  • DOOM Eternal: 35% faster
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: 52% faster
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: 52% faster
  • Shadow of War: 50% faster
  • Metro Exodus: 40% faster

RTX 3090 FE > RTX 3080 FE:

  • Control: DNR on RTX 3080 FE
  • Death Stranding: 73% faster
  • DOOM Eternal: 77% faster
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: 16% faster
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: 60% faster
  • Shadow of War: 20% faster
  • Metro Exodus: 12% faster

Benchmarks - RTX + DLSS

I've now got an entire section dedicated to ray tracing and DLSS benchmarks, where I'll slowly benchmark more and more titles and add them into future reviews. I've now introduced Control, Death Stranding, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood into my testing routine for RTX + DLSS benchmarks.

Control

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  • Control RT + DLSS performance: The performance coming out of the DLSS "ultra performance" preset in Control really shines at 8K (rendering at 1440p). We have 1FPS more than the RTX 3090 FE with 56FPS average on the MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO.

Death Stranding

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  • Death Stranding + DLSS performance: Death Stranding with its DLSS ultra performance mode on the MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO is another impressive feat, pushing 94FPS average -- up 4FPS from the 90FPS average on the RTX 3090 FE.

Metro Exodus

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  • Metro Exodus RT + DLSS performance: MSI is just ahead of NVIDIA's own GeForce RTX 3090 FE with its RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO -- able to handle 4K 60FPS with RT and DLSS enabled. Fantastic to see in person, I can tell you that.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider RT + DLSS performance: Some more incredible results out of the RTX 3090 here with the custom MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO pushing 114FPS average with RT + DLSS enabled at 8K.

Overclocking

Now this is where I thought we'd see a big brick wall -- but MSI has got some headroom for overclocking on its ultra-fast GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO graphics card. My sample was able to be pushed up by another 82MHz which had it sitting at a boost GPU clock of around 2070MHz or so.

Here's where I landed with my MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO sample:

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+41MHz on the GPU

+600MHz (or so) on the VRAM

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The card was sticking at around 2040MHz or so for the most part, boosting up to 2070MHz at times. With the fans cranked up to 100% we're looking at around 60C which is nuts, kudos to MSI for its impressive work with the thermal solution on this card.

The board power draw reaches 360W or so when overclocked, the GPU on its own 200-210W and the entire system up to 500W when overclocked to the max.

Overclocked Benchmarks

I had 115MHz on top of the boost GPU clock on the RTX 3090 FE, with the 24GB of ultra-fast GDDR6X overclocked by another 700MHz. After that, I ran some benchmarks again to see what type of improvement we'll see.

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3DMark overclock: We are able to breach 20K in TimeSpy (1440p) with the overclock on the RTX 3090 FE, while breaking through 10K at stock we get close to 11K with the RTX 3090 FE overclocked.

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Metro Exodus overclock: We're seeing a decent uplift in performance with the overclock at 1440p in Metro Exodus, adding 5FPS more to hit 87FPS average. The overclock on the RTX 3090 FE sees us hitting that magic 4K 60FPS mark.

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Shadow of War overclock: We have only 3FPS more in Shadow of War at 1440p with the overclocked RTX 3090 FE, but we get to the even more magical 4K 120FPS average with the tweaked RTX 3090 FE graphics card.

Power Consumption & Temps

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NVIDIA's own GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition graphics card already ran nice and cool, with the card running at just 67C under load. MSI's new custom GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO graphics card runs at 74C under load, but with the fans cranked up to 100% it drops down to 54C.

You can find a happy medium in the middle with your own fan profile and enjoy chill, and quiet gaming.

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You're not getting an 8K 60FPS gaming beast without requiring some power, with the GeForce RTX 3090 FE in our system using up to 440W total -- while the custom MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO uses 470W. With our overclock applied, power consumption for the whole system reaches 500W or so.

Depending on the game and resolution, the whole power consumption can reach 550W or so.

What's Hot, What's Not

What's Hot

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  • Insane 4K performance: NVIDIA already has stellar performance from its GeForce RTX 3090, but MSI adds a little more with some factory overclocks. The 4K gaming performance on the RTX 3090 has unrivaled performance -- nothing comes close.
  • Mind blowing 8K gaming performance: You might not have an 8K monitor or TV but for whatever PC gamers are out there in the world with the money to slap down on 8K, then the RTX 3090 is going to give you that performance. Nothing else comes close, and when you add in DLSS magic you're hitting 60FPS easily.
  • 24GB of GDDR6X: NVIDIA ships the GeForce RTX 3080 with 10GB of VRAM, we are to expect 20GB models in the near future, but the RTX 3090 ships with a huge 24GB of GDDR6X. This helps it have superior 4K and much more superior 8K gaming performance.
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OC headroom: There's not much gas left in the MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO tank with overclocking, but it's enough to get the best performance out of the card for free. While the RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO has triple 8-pin PCIe power connectors, the card is so heavily power limited.

Smaller than RTX 3090 FE: NVIDIA has a triple-slot beast with its RTX 3090 Founders Edition, but some gamers will find it too big. MSI's new custom RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO is the same physical size as the MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO.

Whisper quiet gaming: You probably won't even hear the card during gaming, it's whisper quiet just like the RTX 3090 FE.

What's Not

Maybe the price?

I said in my review for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition that people reading this and contemplating buying it, are going to see immense value. For them, they're getting performance that is like a solar flare ripping the crust of the Earth away compared to the TITAN RTX.

NVIDIA sold the TITAN RTX for $2499.

NVIDIA now sells the RTX 3090 for $1499.

The RTX 3090 beats the pants, as well as the top, underwear and socks off of the TITAN RTX and saves you $1000. That $1000 can be put towards a huge 4K 144Hz gaming monitor or TV -- or if you really want to push it, an 8K 60Hz TV.

Final Thoughts

If you want one of the very best graphics cards on the planet, then you need to grab the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO. For those who don't dig the slick RTX 3090 FE, the triple-fan TRI FROZR 2 cooler on the MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO should win you over.

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You might not want it for 8K gaming right now, but if you want another 10-20% performance at 4K over the GeForce RTX 3080 (which is impossible to buy right now) then the RTX 3090 is going to be a hot item the second the review NDA lifts and you all read this review.

If you are playing games with RTX ray tracing on then you're going to get the very best possible performance that money can buy: buy the MSI RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO. If you want amazing 4K performance in non-RTX games? Buy the RTX 3090. Best 8K performance? RTX 3090. See the pattern?

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The style of the card is great, something I loved on the RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO. You get some nice RGB lighting that isn't too over the top. There's PCIe 4.0 connectivity here as well, which doesn't provide any benefits (but I will be shifting to a new X570 platform in the coming weeks anyway). I'll do some comparison articles on that on the way.

I'm working a little closer with MSI this time around, where they've provided me with an Intel Core i9-10900K processor and MSI Z490 Unify motherboard. I'll be building this system over the weekend and re-running a few of the cards on it and will do some comparisons between the 8700K and 10900K processors and the MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 cards.

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I do have a question now, MSI -- something I'll ask publicly: I really want to see an unleashed GeForce RTX 3090 LIGHTNING Z graphics card released. Let it drive up to 500W+ and let's see what this card can really do when it's unleashed.

For now, the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO is an amazing graphics card, for the enthusiasts out there that have the money to build a monster PC then this is going to be one of the most exciting things you'll install into your machine.

4K 120FPS and 8K 60FPS gaming are here, and it's only possible on the GeForce RTX 3090.

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The Bottom Line

MSI has one of, if not the fastest graphics card on the planet with its new GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO. 4K 120FPS and 8K 60FPS gaming are now a reality.

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MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio

It’s big, it’s bold and it’s brilliant. If you’ve got the cash for it, it’s the fastest thing we’ve tested. Brilliant for gaming, incredible for ray tracing, and truly next-generation for content creators.
-- As reviewed by eTeknix

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    Reviewers Liked

    • Up to 50% performance jump over RTX 2080 Ti & Titan RTX
    • Designed for 4K gaming & even 8K gaming in several titles
    • Fantastic memory overclocking potential
    • 24 GB VRAM
    • 2nd generation hardware-accelerated raytracing

    Reviewers Didn't Like

    • Very high price ($1599 US for Gaming X Trio)
    • Not a huge performance jump over RTX 3080
    • High heat output
    • Overclocking more complicated due to power limit

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    MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio Review

    Introduction

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    The MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio is the king of the hill for the company, based on the top-dog NVIDIA RTX 3090 "Ampere" GPU with an astounding 24 GB of GDDR6X memory. The Gaming X brand represents MSI's finest combination of performance, cooling, and noise-optimization, along with the right aesthetics for DIY high-end gaming PC builds. In this MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio review we'll check how well it can unleash the RTX 3090 out of its "stock" comfort zone by letting you tap into higher power limits. The Gaming X board design also sees the company's latest triple-slot, triple-fan cooling solution. With this generation of the MSI design, you'll see much of the RGB embellishments relocated to the backplate and towards the top edge of the card. MSI figured out that you're more likely to revel upon your graphics card from this angle.

    NVIDIA changed its approach to the higher-end of its product stack with the GeForce RTX 30-series "Ampere." The RTX 3080 launched last week has already been proclaimed the new "flagship" product by NVIDIA, in marketing material that also contains the RTX 3090. This means the company intends for the RTX 3090 to address a different market—halo premium. While the RTX 3080 was shown beating the previous-generation flagship, the RTX 2080 Ti, the RTX 3090 was extensively compared with the TITAN RTX—a $2,500 halo product based on Turing. Much like the TITAN, the RTX 3090 is designed to transcend market segment barriers between gaming and professional visualization. Helping matters here are NVIDIA's highly capable Studio drivers. The 24 GB memory amount, NVIDIA believes, helps in various creator use cases.



    This doesn't necessarily mean the RTX 3090 doesn't bring anything to the table with gaming. On the contrary, this is the SKU with which NVIDIA wants to take a stab at the 8K gaming frontier. 8K is no joke; it's four times the pixels of 4K, and sixteen times those of Full HD. To accomplish this, NVIDIA developed the new DLSS 8K feature, which leverages AI and deep learning to perform a bold 9X AI upscaling of 1440p rendering on supported games. 8K gaming monitors haven't yet arrived, but target buyers for RTX 3090 could be early adopters of 8K TVs. Helping matters here are NVIDIA's implementation of HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4a, which enable 8K HDR 60 Hz with a single cable.

    NVIDIA leveraged a common silicon for the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080, so only a single kind of ASIC has to be built for this relatively low volume market segment. The 8 nm "GA102" is a mammoth piece of silicon with over 28 billion transistors, which is almost maxed out on the RTX 3090 by enabling all but one TPC (two SM) on the silicon, resulting in 10,496 CUDA cores, 328 tensor cores, 82 RT cores, and a 384-bit wide GDDR6X memory interface holding 24 GB of memory that ticks at a blistering 19.5 Gbps—940 GB/s of bandwidth.

    The 2nd generation RTX technology with Ampere sees NVIDIA introduce a new double-throughput CUDA core that can process concurrent FP32+INT32 operations; the 2nd generation RT core has fixed-function hardware to process temporal elements of raytracing, enabling new RTX effects, such as raytraced motion blur, an effect that was until now post-processed and inaccurate; and the new 3rd generation Tensor core that shares much of its design with the heavy-duty Tensor cores of the A100 Tensor Core AI HPC processor NVIDIA launched this Spring, which leverages the sparsity phenomenon in deep-learning neural nets to increase AI inference performance by an order of magnitude.

    The MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio is designed to unleash the RTX 3090 GPU, which even in its reference avatar comes with 350 W typical board power. As you'll see in the next page, the card introduces the Tri Frozr 2 cooling solution with many segment-first features. The card also ships with factory-overclocked speeds of 1785 MHz GPU Boost (vs. 1695 MHz reference). MSI is pricing the RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio at $1590, a $90 premium over the $1,500 baseline pricing for the RTX 3090. In this MSI RTX 3090 Gaming X review, we put the card through its paces against our vast selection of graphics cards and games, and test the card's overclocking capabilities.

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    ROPsCore
    Clock
    Boost
    Clock
    Memory
    Clock
    GPUTransistorsMemory
    GTX 1080 Ti$6503584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
    RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
    RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
    RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
    Radeon VII$6803840641802 MHzN/A1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
    RTX 2080$6002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
    RTX 2080 Super$6903072961650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
    RTX 2080 Ti$10004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
    RTX 3070$5005888641500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
    RTX 3080$7008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
    RTX 3090$1500104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
    MSI RTX 3090
    Gaming X Trio
    $1590104961121395 MHz1785 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit

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    Review: MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio

    Introduction

    Want the best graphics card that money can buy? Look no further than GeForce RTX 3090. Nvidia's Ampere flagship is the standard bearer for extreme PC gaming, and naturally serves as the go-to destination for enthusiasts willing to spend top dollar.

    That's music to the ears of add-in-board partners, and as expected all the key players are out in force with custom RTX 3090s of their own. Boards from Gigabyte and Asus have already been put through the wringer, so today let us turn our attention to the last of the big three by taking a closer look at MSI's £1,680 Gaming X Trio.

    Look familiar? Yep, it should come as no surprise to find that MSI and most other partners are keeping continuity between RTX 3080 and 3090 variants by repurposing the same cooling configuration. In the case of the Gaming X Trio that's no bad thing as the hulking cooler's admirable performance on a 340W RTX 3080 suggests that the 370W RTX 3090 will pose no problem with regards to temperature and acoustics.

    Dimensions go unchanged at 323mm x 140mm x 56mm, and the triple-slot behemoth tips the scales at just over 1.5kg. It's a monster alright, yet MSI's black-and-grey colour scheme fits neatly with most builds and build quality is rock-solid throughout. If there's a criticism it's that the light bar across the top of the card needs a greater spread of LEDs. As it stands the six illumination points are clearly visible, resulting in uneven lighting that falls short of expectations on a GPU of this ilk.

    Partner cards tend not to be as elegant as Nvidia's own Founders Edition, but what they lack in finesse they make up for with sheer exuberance. Gaming X Trio touts three fans that run quietly at all times and switch off at low loads, the full-size aluminium heatsink covers the entire board, the metal backplate is lined with a couple of extra heatpipes for good measure, MSI's custom PCB is outfitted with thermal pads on key components, and there's a metal support bracket included in the bundle to help guard against any unwanted sag.

    The more-of-everything theme extends right throughout the card. The company logo across the top edge is RGB backlit, as are the slithers of pattern either side of the central fan, SLI headers are at hand for those brave enough to contemplate dual RTX 3090s, and power is sourced via three eight-pin connectors. We prefer not to have to add more cables, but Gaming X Trio is all about going the extra yard, and as expected the GPU is factory overclocked right out of the box.

    MSI bumps the boost frequency up from 1,695MHz to 1,785MHz - the highest we've tested to date - and that extra bit of headroom is reflected in our benchmarks, where the Gaming X Trio typically makes its way to the top of the charts. There's no overclock on memory, but you could argue there's no need. RTX 3090 is hardly lacking in the specification department, with 10,496 shaders, 328 tensor cores, 82 RT cores and a huge 24GB of GDDR6X memory humming along at 19.5Gbps.

    There's nothing else like it, and the GPU's credentials are such that best-ever rasterisation performance is but one part of its overall appeal. RTX 3090 also delivers the best ray-tracing results we've seen to date, and if you rely on your GPU for tasks outside of gaming, the Ampere architecture allied to such a vast pool of memory delivers stunning results in general-purpose workloads and creative applications.

    This could be viewed as the ultimate card for both gaming and rendering, but as always the decision-making process isn't as clear cut as that. Though there's no denying that RTX 3090 is top dog - it's up to 15 per cent faster than RTX 3080 in most of our gaming benchmarks - that supremacy is reflected in a pant-wetting £1,680 price tag for the Gaming X Trio model. You need extremely deep pockets to justify paying such a fee when the Founders Edition is listed at £1,399, while those want wanting to spend their money a little more judiciously will struggle to look past the £699 RTX 3080.

    Value isn't a strong suit, however pricing at this end of the market is a minor concern. The pressing issue for enthusiasts who are champing at the bit is that stock has proven hard to come by in the weeks following launch. No major retailer has any Ampere cards available to purchase at the time of writing, and unless you're willing to pay over the odds on Ebay, who knows how long you'll be waiting to get your hands on MSI's RTX 3090. In the meantime, put your feet up while we roll the benchmarks.

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    MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X TRIO review - Introduction

    MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X TRIO review

    We turn to MSI with their new GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X TRIO 24G edition graphics card. A product that has been tweaked pretty much to the max straight out of the box offers a beefy cooler and 24 GB of the finest GDDR6X memory your money can get you. TRIO, of course, is short for a triple-fan solution with an otherwise heavily customized product. With their aim to perform at low acoustics combined with a beautiful design card. And let me already spill the beans, this card is once again SILENT and achieved the best score out of all cards we to date have gotten our hands-on. 

    But hey, now let's stick to what we have on deck; we review and benchmark the new premium flagship graphics card. All hail the might and awe that is the GeForce RTX 3090. Armed with a shader core count that will make at least one your eyebrows frown with a nearly nauseating 24 GB of blazingly fast GDDR6X graphics memory. The GeForce RTX 3080 already is a smoking hot product, but of course, but NVIDIA is NVIDIA and decided to go stretch their legs a little more. One thing that needs to be stated, though, the product like shown today is all about Ultra HD and higher resolutions. It is an RTX Titan replacement or successor, I should say. I write all this before testing the product, but already understand that it will be hard to show where this product will make real sense. The good news is, for me at least, a product doesn't have to make sense to be appreciable. I mean you like Ferrari as well eh? (albeit right now that probably right now that is not the best example). Well, Tesla maybe .. a model S is out of range for many, but man, they drive nice, accelerate fast, and you get that feel you're driving something from Star Trek. That said, in that realm, we think the RTX 3090 will position itself in its own niche.

    It was 2017 when Ampere as a GPU architecture surfaced on the web and, up-to earlier this year, NVIDIA had not listed this name in any of its roadmaps on the consumer side. It was with military-level secrecy that the Ampere consumer part was developed. Ampere, of course, is the base unit of electric current in the international system of units. But the GPU is named after André-Marie Ampère, a French mathematician and physicist, considered the father of electrodynamics. NVIDIA has a track record of naming their GPU architectures after mathematicians and physicists or figures from closely related fields, to name a few; Pascal, Fermi, Kepler, Maxwell and, more recently, Turing. While it was no secret that the new GPUs would be based on Ampere, we've seen much discussion about fabrication nodes, architecture and specifications. Still, everybody seems to have forgotten that Ampere already launched earlier this year for the HPC market. The very first product based on Ampere was the NVIDIA Tesla A100, outfitted with a GA100 Ampere GPU based on 7nm fabricated at TSMC; that product holds 54 billion transistors and has 6912 Shader cores. 

    On September 1st of the year, 2020 NVIDIA announced three initial Ampere graphics cards in its first launch wave. A week before announcements, specifications of the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 took a twist; the shader core count mysteriously doubled up from what everybody expected. The GPUs are fabricated on an 8nm node derived from Samsung. This process is a further development of Samsung's 10nm process, no EUV is applied in production just yet. The first wave of announcements would see the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 being released first and, as a bit of a surprise, the GeForce RTX 3070 would be arriving in roughly the same timeframe as well. The initial launch of Ampere for consumers entails the GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6, RTX 3080 10GB GDDR6X, and what we test today, the 24GB GDDR6X based premium flagship, the mighty mo, the GeForce RTX 3090. The lineup nearly doubles Raytracing performance with Gen2 ray-tracing cores and 3rd iteration Tensor cores. These cards will all be PCIe 4.0 interface compatible and offer HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4a, but most importantly, is that outrageous shader processor count (referred to as CUDA cores by NVIDIA), passing the 10K marker, nobody .. not even us saw that one coming.

    The NVIDIA GA102 GPU is used initially for two products, the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards. And it is one big GPU die and product overa;; alright, the 3090's GA102-300-A1 GPU is armed with 10.496 Shader processors and 28 billion transistors. And no, that's not even the fully unlocked product. FYI: the GeForce RTX 3080 is listed as having 8.704 Shader cores and the GeForce RTX 3070 (GA104) will bring 5.888 Shader cores to the table. In this review, we'll check out the mother of them all, the GeForce RTX 3090, paired with 24GB of all that GDDR6X graphics memory, 24 GB, and 10K+ Shader cores.

     

    MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO 24G

    The MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO 24G is again fitted with that NVIDIA GA102 GPU, this time the revision 300 GPU SKU; it has an almost unimaginable 10.469 Shader cores activated and is paired with a staggering 24GB of all new GDDR6X graphics memory running at 19.5 Gbps, values that have been unprecedented until now. MSI equipped the card with a semi-passive design; the three fans start to spin and cool once the GPU warms up. You'll notice one thing immediately; it has 3x 8 (6+2) pins, so you'd better have a compatible power supply (all three connectors must be used). The card is rated with a 370W power draw, that's 350W for the reference design. This indicates it will perform a notch better, alright. Weighing in at 1565g, this baby also has been sized quite big, 335 x 140 x 56mm. The out of the box boost clock for this product is a relatively high 1785 MHz (1695 MHz is the reference clock).  But hey, judge for yourself, let's start up this review, shall we?

      

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    Test system specs

    This is the system we used to test the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio:

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (16-core, up to 4.9GHz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Masterliquid 360P Silver Edition
    RAM: 64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3,200MHz
    Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi
    SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro @ 1TB
    Power Supply: Corsair AX1000
    Case: Praxis Wetbench

    The MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio, much like its RTX 3080 sibling, looks to make the already-powerful RTX 3090 even more powerful. It does this by raising the boost clock and slightly raising the power limit, but you should temper your expectations – this is still a 3090, and not some graphics card of the future. 

    This added performance does come at a cost, however. This card is supposed to retail for $1,589 (£1,799, AU$2,969). In reality, though, thanks to the widespread graphics card shortages, you're going to have a hard time finding it at that price. 

    At this price point, however, a $90 price increase – again, depending on if you can actually find a card at MSRP – is much easier to swallow. You're essentially paying 6% more for a card that's around 4-5% faster. It's not perfect, but in a perfect world where graphics cards are regularly available, it would make a lot of sense to just get this card over the Founders Edition – and the fact that it uses normal cables is a bonus. 

    If you want a more in-depth look at what the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is capable of, beyond the differences this add-in card brings to the table, check out our Founder's Edition review, where we break down the Nvidia Ampere architecture. 

    Thankfully, instead of going for the odd 12-pin power connector that Nvidia debuted with its RTX 30-series Founders Edition cards, this aftermarket monster has three standard 8-pin power connectors. Because we test out-of-the-box performance, we don't overclock as part of our review process, but with that extra power connector – the Founders Edition just needs 2 8-pin power connectors for its adapter – there's potential to push even more power through this GPU for extra performance. 

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