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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 71 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best 2080 on the market

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    Tornado
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    INITIAL PRESENTATION: This card is massive. Perhaps one of the largest 2080's you can buy. It is a non reference PCB (thats a good thing imo) and requires 2x 8 pin connections rather than the standard 1x 6pin and 1x 8pin connections. The back plate is nice and solid, and has thermal pads under it to help with cooling. The card comes with a support bracket which I would recommend installing given the size and weight of this monster. Heatsink is massive. 3 Fans help keep it all cool. The 2 large fans spin up together at the same RPM, the smaller fan spins up if the card gets a little hotter at a separate RPM. Hardware applications will report just 2 fan speeds, and from what I have been able to tell, the 2 big fans are reported together. In addition to the card you get the support bracket, and a 6pin to 8pin adapter. Initial presentation is very good. It feels tightly put together, solid, heavy, quality, very sturdy. OVERCLOCKABILITY: Short answer: 2070mhz core, +1000mhz memory. You will max out the memory slider in MSI Afterburner. I think the memory would actually go higher if the slider went higher, but at +1000 youre maxed out in the software - truly impressive memory overclock. Many people are running around +700 or +800 on memory overclocks from what Ive seen on the 2080's. Also just for reference my particular card came with Samsung memory modules, as per GPU Z. The core clock honestly ends up being limited by the power limit. 109% is the highest power limit you can run on this card as of right now. This gives you enough headroom to run most games at around the 2070mhz mark, which is still a great overclock. The card ran at 1995mhz under full load right out of the box before I even touched it. I ranOC Scanner then adjusted the curve manually so that at the higher voltage draws (load) I would top at 2100mhz. Due to the afformentioned power limit however, you rarely see 2100mhz as it gets throttled. Still, at 2070mhz core and 8,000mhz memory speed, I am seeing a nice bump in performance over a stock 2080, and closing the gap a little on a stock 2080ti. I consider the card a great overclocker that is actually limited right now by its own bios and software. At these speeds and under full load I never saw anything above 68 degrees C, and in many games I sit around 62C...Really impressive. This card has the best you will find in air cooling. The RGB lighting and Mystic Light V3 software are a nice addition. There are lots of different lighting presets you can play with in the software - probably a good 15 options or so of various effects and animations then you can customize your own colors if you'd like. PERFORMANCE: Performance is about what you would expect if youve seen other reviews or benchmarks of the 20 series. Im around 10,500 in 3d mark timespy benchmark (defaults) with an i7 7700k at 4.8ghz and ddr4 3000 memory. The card drives most all the games I play currently to my personal magic number, which is 120fps. Im running an ultrawide 3440x1440 monitor that has a refresh rate of 120hz. The whole purpose of getting this card, and upgrading from my 1080, was to push 120fps to the monitor to take full advantage of the panel refresh rate. Where my 1080 powered many games (like BF5) at around 90 or 95 fps, with this card I am hitting that 120fps mark. Call of Duty Black ops 4 easily tops 120fps at ultra graphics, 3440x1440 resolution, only occasionally dropping below my 120 cap just a few frames. This is all I wanted it to do - push high/ultra settings at 120fps, and it does it in most games. The nice overclock I get form the card as mentioned in the previous section also helps a lot. I hope in a future bios release they up the 109% power limit on the card, because I think you could push this core right on up to, and above, 2100mhz. The thermal headroom is there thanks to the great cooling solution on the card, and the larger, non reference PCB and backplate. There is more surface area to spread the heat, and the heatsink and fans are both bigger than many of the competitor cards. STABILITY / RELIABILITY With all the news of 20 series failures, this was the one thing that really occupied my mind when I bought this card. There has been a lot of talk online about potential problems with the 20 series and failure rates - particularly the 2080ti, and even more particularly the founders edition cards. Nonetheless, my first priority was to hammer this card as hard as possible after purchase with heavy, prolonged loads. Ive looped intense benchmarks like furmark, 3d mark, heaven, and others for hours on end, some even ran all night long while I slept, and I have not had the card crash or fail a single time thus far. Im over 2 weeks into ownership now but have logged dozens of hours of actual full load processing on the card. My theory is that if it is a dud, or if it is going to fail, I want it to fail right now so that I can take it back. I have a 45 day return window with bestbuy so If it is a dud I want to know it asap, and that is why I have hammered the card so hard in testing. Thus far however I have been unable to make it crash. The only issue I have noted since upgrading from my 1080 is occasionally I get some weird flickering on one of my 2 screens (I run a double monitor set up). This flickering will occur just sitting at desktop sometimes, or just browsing the internet, or watching a video or stream. I have determined however that this issue appears to be driver related, and is related to GSYNC. If I disable, and re-enable GSYNC in the video drivers then the flickering goes away completely. I've not been able to determine what the onset is however. It seems to just randomly start happening sometimes, and its somewhat rare. In 2 weeks for example Ive had it happen maybe 6 times, and every time I've just been at desktop or browsing online, very light load on the video card. Toggling gsync off and back on has always fixed it, so feel strongly that this is a driver issue that will get fixed. I did flash to the latest BIOS for the card and it had no impact on the issue, it has occurred a few times since the flash. If I felt for a second that this was a hardware level defect then I would return the card immediately, but I'm convinced it is driver related, otherwise toggling gsync wouldn't fix it. Ive never had the issue show up while in a game or benchmark loop however, which is where you would logically expect a hardware problem to really show up. Temperatures even under multi hour benchmark loops never went above 68c. Often sat in mid 60's under full load. FINAL WORD: If youre in the market for a 2080, and you want a good, solid 2080, then I can recommend the MSI Gaming X Trio enough. I feel perosnally that this is THE best 2080 you can buy. I say that because it has what I think is the largest heatsink on the market, and some of the largest fans, coupled with a solid metal backplate. Not only does it have potentially the biggest cooling solution, but it is also on perhaps the largest PCB. This isnt a reference PCB, it is a custom built PCB from MSI and is larger, meaning it has a larger footprint for heat spread, including on the backplate which coves the entire back. I also like that the card runs on 2x 8pin connections. Most every other 2080 you look at will run on 1x 8pin and 1x 6pin, so this board has access to more power. So you got the best air cooler, more power headroom, and a non reference PCB, with stellar overclocking results. I dont know of a better 2080. Maybe you could point to the 109% power limit cap...that's the only negative that I could potentially see. However, my testing has shown that even with 109% power cap I am still sitting clos to where most people are topping out their 2080 core clocks. You eventually just run out of voltage room on these cards given the vcore is locked by nvidia, and thats true for all cards. PROS: +Large, Custom PCB. Not a reference design +2x 8pin rather than 1x 6pin and 1x 8pin. +Largest heatsink and cooling solution to my knowledge on the market for a 2080. Temps sit mid 60's under full load and full overclock. +Nice RGB lighting and backplate design. The card looks sharp. +Comes with support bracket, cause this thing is a beast. CONS: - Only 109% power limit as of this writing in afterburner. Future bios could open this number up as weve seen with some other manufacturers in the past.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Power, beauty but oh the price

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    Reddog
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    MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card If you are someone who is in the market for a Nvidia RTX graphic card you probably have done your research and you know the pros and cons of the new RTX product line. Nvidia RTX brings completely new technology to PC gaming and the like it or not all PC gamer are better severed because of it. New hardware features are a gamble that can take years to make its way to the software that our PC gaming is built on. There are PC game titles that do support some of the new features of the RTX graphic cards but support is not guaranteed and, in most cases, you should never buy technologies on promises of what it might do. It is usually wiser to buy technology that fits your needs for what you do today because in computers changes is always happening. Standards and feature found in RTX graphic cards can take years to be accepted or fade away. I applaud Nvidia for its support of PC gaming. I wish the price was lower but again when you buy at this level you should have done your research. Now what about the MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X card, well it’s a beauty and beast. I had a GTX 1080ti and was very happy with its performance. But I was due for a major upgrade of my gaming PC and I had another place to keep the 1080ti in service so I decided to roll the dice for the MSI card. I am not going to say I am breaking new benchmarks with the RTX 2080 but I am not giving up any performance to the 1080ti either. For me this was a personnel choice to use for another three years to the next upgrade. The MSI RTX 2080 is quiet, fast and looks great in my tempered glass case. I spent many days on this upgrade and I wanted a complete refresh and I certainly got it. Buy the MSI RTX Gaming X because it is in the top 3 or 4 PC gaming cards available today. Yes, there are finally good options for PC Gamers again and that is great news, but our hobby needs cards like this because it keeps moving the bar up and in time all PC Gamers will benefit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    AN ABSOLUTE UNIT

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    SosaLaFlare
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    This card is huge, be sure to triple check your case clearances before making a move on this card. The card physically takes up 2 slots, but the cooler extends down to the third. With that out of the way lets get to the pros/cons: Pros: - Massive cooler, great thermal performance - ~60-65c under load with my OC settings - my card hits just shy of 2000MHz boost, stable, after tweaking settings in MSI Afterburner - tasteful RGB implementation, not over the top - absolute monster at 1440P, able to max out all settings, save for RTX, on games and hit over 110FPS in BFV & Witcher 3 - great quality VRM - MSI MysticLight is intuitive and easy to use, MSI Afterburner is great as well Cons: - price to performance just isn't really there at MSRP, a definite buy on sale though (4-star rating because of this) - included accessories are sparse, just a support bracket with a cheesy catch phrase screen printed on and a PCIe cable converter dongle - some PCB level components omitted on this card that other competing vendors include on theirs. Would really add value if those were implemented (check out YouTube for video breakdowns of this card to see what I mean here). Overall this is a great GPU that offers good performance. Coming from a GTX 1080, having this card is a night-and-day difference. This card is a definite buy on sale or if you just can't wait to upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I bought 2 2080 FE's and then this... QC fail.

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    Nate
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    I bought two 2080 FE's b/c I thought they were better. The first FE wouldn't play half my games at all, which may have been a driver issue but I doubt it - returned. The Second FE I realized failed when my computer wouldn't boot - and it was powering my MB w/o cpu being on - returned. Finally I buy this, more expensive but the best option. I installed it and a week later I find a screw just chilling in the ES bag, I uninstall card and find it missing from the back plate and 3 more screws loose... I fixed that. Otherwise no problems and I would still recommend it over the 2080 FE IMO given my experience. Bad enclosed design for cooling. Buy a GPU brace or two, or both kinds as this is the largest card ever, but it hardly ever spins the fans except for games. Very quiet considering. The "Geforce" does not light up as bright as the "MSI" RGB lighting but this is normal - I saw it in a review as well. This card is huge and heavy and it does sag w/o proper bracing - buy that as well. Pretty Card with the RGB lighting but I have an Asus MB so they don't sync. Also, I was fortunate to have bought this during the holiday extended return policy, I would have been stuck with a broke 2080 FE otherwise as it failed after 1 month of use. Yay Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent GPU but expensive

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    Ivaj12
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    This MSI 2080 X TRIO is excellent. I did an upgrade from an RX480 8G because I wanted to run games at 4K 60 FPS and this card will give you easily this performance at ultra settings with almost all of the games. (Assassin's Creed Odyssey sucks at PC even using this card, don't buy this game) PROS: - Impressive cooling system. Usually, I have an average temperature of 55 Celsius degrees at ULTRA settings at 4k. Wow! - Solid design! - Beautiful RGB LEDs - Excellent 4K gaming experience! Cons: - PRICE -I gave 4 stars because it is too expensive. You can get a 1080ti for $100 less but I bet on the future technologies and they have similar results but if you have the budget GO FOR IT! - SIZE - This is not a real Con for me but very possible for some people. I have a Rosewill Thor V2 case (Full tower) and fits without any problem but smaller cases it will not fit, so consider the GPU's size. - HEAVY - Kudos to MSI, they will give you a metal support that goes under de card because of its weight. I highly suggest you be careful with your PCIe ports from your motherboard by installing this support.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Its big and packs a punch!

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    PaulWall
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    I don't usually buy video cards from best buy as they are usually limited with what brands they carry. This is the first MSI higher end GPU I've seen at best buy. I had a 10% off coupon and a best buy down the road with one in stock. Upgraded from a 1070ti to this thing. I didn't think it could be any longer, I may have to get a new computer case. This thing beasts through games. Paired with my 144hz Quad-HD 1440p 27" Acer Predator I produce atleast 100+ FPS in most games in ULTRA settings. Very optimal for what I need. I could probably get a few extra FPS from an intel cpu as I'm running a Ryzen 1800x @ 4.0ghz. If you want the newest technology with RTX then this is the card to get before spending about another $500-$600 for the TI. I think this card is the perfect price point. Performs about 10-15% then the 1080ti but is more future proof. I hear with the more NVIDIA graphics drivers they are slowly squeezing more performance from the 20 series cards. I love this card but it is long. The TRI cooling fan system keeps the card cool and the RBG is great if thats your thing. I don't care for RBG too much personally, but for others I think they will enjoy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Video Card while drivers worked

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    Bigblue
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    This was a dream come true for the first week or so. After that I started having issues with the drivers not working. Game play would go from 100+FPS to 20-30. Ran some benchmarks and while the drivers worked was performing in the 80% of all similar cards tested. Once the drivers failed was performing in the bottom 1%. Tried reinstalling drivers multiple times and even went so far as to nuke my PC to run the card on a clean install of Windows 10 pro. After all that I gave up and returned the card to Best Buy and purchased the EVGA 2080 Ti card. Not a single problem after the install even on the same OS as running the MSI. I don't believe this to be common for this card as there was not much on the web about similar issues. I have had 0 problems with either of my MSI laptops or my motherboard so I have to believe that this was just a fluke card. Either way Best Buy took care of the situation for me. Thank you Best Buy!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Silent and Deadly

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    Swift
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    The MSi Gaming Z line up has for a while now been their flagship version of the air-cooled card. This version with it's "trio" fans has fulfilled my needs, while doing so in complete silence. I'll elect to skip the part of the review that goes into FPS count in specific titles and how awesome Ray Tracing is, because the chances are that if you're looking into this GPU, you already know. What will set it apart is the temps it will reach while getting you to your gaming nirvana, and how well it will maintain those temps at no cost in decibels. I can't say it enough, the card will run about 60-65 C in about the worst situation GPU heaviness, run all three fans at max, and not make a sound. Did I mention that 60 C is incredible for a card this fast? (and that's overclocked) Look, if you want a good one and you don't mind spending the extra capitol on it... this one is that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 2080 on the Market!

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    Johnny
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    I had returned my Nvidia RTX 2080 FE because it’s temperatures were getting too hot and the fan was running loud. The card throttled and would effect my performance when playing RE 2 on everything max settings. This MSI card kept its cool and its fan was never too loud on a heavy load. I don’t get stutters anymore and I think it made my game look 10x better and smoother. I bought this to put in my Razer Core X and I was afraid that it this thing wouldn’t fit inside. Nope, it fits perfectly and definitely takes up all the space it had. This thing runs like a monster but is silent and cool on a heavy load. I would definitely recommend this over any of the RTX 2080s on the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEAST!

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    jake
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    This gpu's a beast! run everything! although ultra settings on 4k is 50-60fps. that is fine with me unless i you want to spend extra $500 for the 2080 ti. runs cool! barely reaches 50 degree when gaming. around 28-35 when doing general stuffs or just browsing and stuffs. It is huge! fits my case NZXT H500i, if anyone with the same case is wondering. however, if you have a 240 front radiator and fans it will barely fit. I have 240 front radiator and fan, and it barely fits. like 1 cm space between the radiator and gpu. but if its 120 radiator and fan then you should be good. Never tried overclocking, so i don't know about that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid graphics card for 4k gaming

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    Fontaine
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    I was previously using a GTX 1070, and this is a major upgrade for me. I don't use a traditional monitor, instead I have my 4k TV. The RTX 2080 keeps me between 50-60 fps at 3840x2160 with most games on highest settings. Cooling on this card is good, never saw it above 65 degrees no matter how hard I run it. The RGB lighting is great and can be customized with the right app. I suppose the biggest cons would be the high price (saved a small amount by price matching with Newegg) and the incredible size of the card. This thing is massive, so double check your case size before you buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

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    Eddieb
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    This card has a nice premium solid feel, back plate is cool to touch and overall this card looks great! Performance wise it is on par with a 1080ti, I’m assuming after dlss drops, this card will be even more powerful. Cooling is fantastic! On a different note, the card is HEAVY, it comes with a gpu support bracket, but the bracket doesn’t feel like the best support out there, since it’s only held in from one side by two screws for the entire length of the card

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great GPU for the $$$

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    Rexx
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    The RTX 2080 is nearly identical performance to a 1080ti and for basically the same price. It also has the ability to outperform the 1080ti by 10% or more if software developers make use of its additional features (e.g. Wolfenstein II). I had bought a 1080ti, but it was giving me issues, so I returned it to get a replacement, but they had no more in stock. The RTX 2080 had been out a month at that point, and after doing more research, I decided to switch to it. I'm happy I did as the card hasn't given me any issues and its performance has met my expectations while driving a 1440p Ultrawide without issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    awesome

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    ForbiddenAffairs
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    I love this card. It’s heavy. The support stand is kinda useless because it barely touches the card and if I move it then it hits the fan. Either way runs really good. Keeps pretty cool. Really pretty. It’s also not loud. At least not that I can hear but I have a huge case. I went from a MSU quick silver 1070 to this and I like it. My bf got a 2070 evga and my benchmarks on this card beat his. He has to overclock his to match up to mine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Break a Sweat

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    Deeje
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    I bought this to go with my MSI Z390 pro carbon ac motherboard. I'm very happy with this and the motherboard. It runs cool and gets great FPS but I did come from a GTX 1070 so I should see a significant increase. The RGB setup works great too so it also just looks great in the case while its running. I run it with dual monitors and one of them being a 1440 with 144hz. I can really only comment as the difference makes the game play seem buttery smooth!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good 2080

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    OldGamer
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    I love this card. Registering it with MSI was my only issue. Serial number on box, is not what they want, the only serial visible on the card is not what they want either. MSI needs to work on this process. Besides this annoyance, the card works great. I used Afterburner to create a fan profile I like and set the overclocking curve. Card runs fast and cool in my rig. Very happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good bang for the buck

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    Zach
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    In not a super gamer but this card is definetly worth it. I would recommend this over the 1080 in regards to price to performance. The future will unlock ray tracing and let this card reach it's full potential. It's a huge card. 13 inches long. Almost didn't fit in my case and I have a full case so check your case sizes. Runs all games that I have tried on ultra and 1440p. With no issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome card!

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    Skeletore
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    This card is massive taking up four slots because it is so heavy and big that it requires a brace to be installed to prevent motherboard damage due to sag. RGB lights look really cool and it runs every game I own flawless at max settings on my QHD Gsync monitor. I have all the latest games and I couldn’t t be happier with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Like a Rocket!

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    Daniel
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    The MSI 2080 RTX is a beautiful, fast, video card. The frame rate this card puts out is amazing. It allows one to play games at QHD resolutions, without a hiccup. Make sure your pair this with a BEEFY system (i9-9900k/Z390 Chipset) to enjoy it's full potential. To add icing on to a delicious cake, the card has really cool RGB lighting effects. Get one NOW!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio

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    Precipice
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    I upgraded from a MSI 1060 3GB card to the MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio. The performance is phenomenal. I can run the current games on high settings without overclocking the card. I expect that when the games are optimized to use the new features that the game play will be even better.

    I would recommend this to a friend