Monday, March 8th 2021

MSI Intros GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming Z Trio and RTX 3080 Gaming Trio Plus

MSI expanded its custom-design GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card lineup with the new RTX 3080 Gaming Z Trio and the RTX 3080 Gaming Trio Plus. Both cards are based on a common design that slightly varies from the original RTX 3080 Gaming Trio and Gaming X Trio, in featuring a slightly different-looking backplate with slits toward the tail-end. The new card's backplate appears to be made of aluminium from the looks of the screw mounting positions, while the original RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio uses a plastic backplate with graphene coating.

The new MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming Z Trio comes with slightly higher factory-overclocked speeds, with the core clocked at 1835 MHz GPU Boost, compared to 1815 MHz of the Gaming X Trio. The RTX 3080 Gaming Trio Plus, on the other hand, features identical clock speeds to the original RTX 3080 Gaming Trio, with 1755 MHz GPU Boost frequency, but with the refreshed backplate design of the Gaming Z Trio. It's unclear at this point if MSI is planning to replace the RTX 3080 Gaming Trio and Gaming X Trio with these new cards, or whether they'll be integrated into the product-stack, with the Gaming Z Trio being squeezed between the company's RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio and RTX 3080 SUPRIM.
Source: VideoCardz
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13 Comments on MSI Intros GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming Z Trio and RTX 3080 Gaming Trio Plus

#1
lynx29
I don't know how many more vaporware articles I can read before I start to give up on the news feed section of this site... :laugh:
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#2
m2geek
As the owner of a/the original gaming x trio 3080, the cosmetic improvements are nice. Wonder if they'll sell the new backplate standalone. Looks like the "fixed" diffuser on the top led bar is still apart of the backplate too.
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#3
Anymal
lynx29
I don't know how many more vaporware articles I can read before I start to give up on the news feed section of this site... :laugh:
Its a joke, but its not.
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#4
Gmr_Chick
MSI finally woke up and slapped a proper backplate (metal) on such a high-end card, rather than a stupid plastic one :clap:

That said, they're still on my shit list.
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#5
MikeSnow
m2geek
As the owner of a/the original gaming x trio 3080, the cosmetic improvements are nice.
Yeah, after all, who doesn't want their mining farm to look nice :)

Meanwhile, there are no 3080 available to buy here in Romania, at any price. I was lucky to receive one as a birthday gift in December. Alternatively, you can buy a 3090 for the equivalent of $3700 + VAT, or higher.
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#6
Gungar
Gmr_Chick
MSI finally woke up and slapped a proper backplate (metal) on such a high-end card, rather than a stupid plastic one :clap:

That said, they're still on my shit list.
That's the problem with MSI, they are way too inconsistent in the quality of their products.
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#7
P4-630
Buy it in 2023... :clap:
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#9
MikeSnow
Fluffmeister
Interestingly the RTX 3080 is already catching up with the 2080 cards on Steam: store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/videocard/
I compared it with the first 4 months of the 1080 and 2080 launches using that Steam hardware survey on archive.org:

3080: +0.23% +0.25% +0.18% +0.11% = 0.77%
2080: +0.22% +0.09% +0.19% +0.10% = 0.60%
1080: +0.30% +0.19% +0.15% +0.11% = 0.75%

So, yeah, it seems that the 3080 is not doing bad at all, in fact it's the fastest growing out of those 3. But I don't remember having any issue getting a PC with an 1080 and later upgrading it to a 2080, except both being a bit too expensive for my taste. So I guess that NVidia is actually correct and the demand is higher than in the past. Either way, I wouldn't want to be in the situation of having to build a new gaming computer at the moment.
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#10
Alexa
Gungar
That's the problem with MSI, they are way too inconsistent in the quality of their products.
Well in that case I'm glad I hit the quality jackpot with my 3070 Gaming X Trio. This card looks top end, performs top end, and clocks at a nice 2055 Mhz @ 925mv while being under 60C at all times. Fans don't even need to spin past 40%. Compared to my previous Zotac 2070, my GPU went from being the loudest part of my system to the quietest.

I'm aware of their review shenanigans in the past and how some of their products are garbage (which to be fair is the case with every manufacturer). But this particular buy has not been a regret for me, loving this card.
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#11
John Naylor
"It's unclear at this point if MSI is planning to replace the RTX 3080 Gaming Trio and Gaming X Trio with these new cards, or whether they'll be integrated into the product-stack, with the Gaming Z Trio being squeezed between the company's RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio and RTX 3080 SUPRIM."

Not as far as gamer's are concerned.... what good is a higher clock that delivers lower performance / From TPU testing

As far as quality ... we were a strictly Asus shop up thru 2013 .... being hardware whores, we tend to go with the best numbers but since 2013, our issues with Asus significantly exceed Gigabyte and MSI. Never had a MSI MoBo user ask me to "fix" the results of trying to remove a GFX card w/o depressing the release tab and yanking the socket right out of the board - (2) Asrock, (1) Asus. But for the most part, only GFX card issues we have had with GFX cards is with EVGA and Asus and those have been refusal to support the product, when it does not perform "as advertised" out of the box. Otherwise, have not had a warranty failure on any card in prolly 10 years. Don't have any experience with MSI boards below $150 and the lower end MSI cards but the High End series seem to top TPUs testing significantly more often than not.

ASUS RTX 3080 TUF OC
1972 MHz
1300 MHz
249.5 FPS
Colorful RTX 3080 Vulcan OC
1934 MHz
1340 MHz
247.0 FPS
Colorful RTX 3080 Vulcan OC @ 400 W
2016 MHz
1330 MHz
258.2 FPS
EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3
1988 MHz
1365 MHz
254.4 FPS
MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
2002 MHz
1296 MHz
256.4 FPS
MSI RTX 3080 Suprim X
2033 MHz
1370 MHz
251.6 FPS
NVIDIA RTX 3080 Founders Edition
1947 MHz
1320 MHz
250.1 FPS
Palit RTX 3080 Gaming Pro OC
1863 MHz
1305 MHz
241.1 FPS
Zotac RTX 3080 AMP Holo
1989 MHz
1295 MHz
234.5 FPS
Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity
1860 MHz
1320 MHz
240.9 F
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#12
nguyen
MikeSnow
I compared it with the first 4 months of the 1080 and 2080 launches using that Steam hardware survey on archive.org:

3080: +0.23% +0.25% +0.18% +0.11% = 0.77%
2080: +0.22% +0.09% +0.19% +0.10% = 0.60%
1080: +0.30% +0.19% +0.15% +0.11% = 0.75%

So, yeah, it seems that the 3080 is not doing bad at all, in fact it's the fastest growing out of those 3. But I don't remember having any issue getting a PC with an 1080 and later upgrading it to a 2080, except both being a bit too expensive for my taste. So I guess that NVidia is actually correct and the demand is higher than in the past. Either way, I wouldn't want to be in the situation of having to build a new gaming computer at the moment.
Steam players base has grown like 80% since the launch of 1080 (67mil in 2017 to 120mil in 2021), so in absolute units 3080 is beating 1080 by 80% (500K vs 920K units).
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#13
lynx29
nguyen
Steam players base has grown like 80% since the launch of 1080 (67mil in 2017 to 120mil in 2021), so in absolute units 3080 is beating 1080 by 80% (500K vs 920K units).
I do hope Lord Gaben doesn't start getting ideas in his head... like a tiny tiny little ad on the front store page of Steam for example would generate him a small palace in New Zealand... :roll:
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