MSI RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio Review
The packaging certainly grabs the attention with a large product image showing off the cards aesthetics and lighting possibilities, whilst the reverse shows the key features of the Tri Frozr 2 cooler and how it is designed to maximise your thermal headroom.
The MSI Gaming X Trio has the Tri Frozr 2 cooler, with three TORX 4.0 fans pushing air across the heatsink. That isn't the only area where the MSI card goes above the Nvidia FE model, as the fans are surrounded by air deflectors to ensure that the maximum air pressure is applied, which the fan edges are designed to minimise noise at high speeds. Lastly beneath all that cooler the custom PCB itself has fuses to ensure your card remains alive and safe for as long as possible.
The flat black finish with simple white logo and model name is very attractive and will fit neatly into any modern build. At the far end - the middle of your chassis - there is another example of the slotted backplate that has become such a hallmark of the Ampere cards. The backplate is made from Graphene composite which promises to be 20 times more efficient than a regular plastic backplate at dissipating heat, and four times stronger.
The MSI Gaming X Trio is the third of the RTX 3070s we've reviewed and also has the third different power arrangement. The Founders Edition had a 12 pin which was really an 8 pin, the Gigabyte a 6+8 pin setup, whilst the MSI card has two 8 pin power ins to ensure that even the most extreme overclcocker won't be left short of smooth power delivery.
Despite having seen the Gaming X Trio in many guises we still enjoy the thickness of the heatsink. It's also notable that the backplate is a tiny bit off the PCB to help the hot air escape as swiftly as it can, keeping the card frosty as befits the Frozr designation.
The MSI Gaming X Trio retains the standard Nvidia complement of outputs with three DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.1 and all the 8K60 glory that can bring.