MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X 12 GB Graphics Card Review – The Ampere ‘Ti’ Is Here!
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X3rd June, 2021
Conclusion - Premium Ampere Cards With Tri Frozr 2S Cooling
The MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti screams premium, from its design, performance, and to their price. The SUPRIM X lineup is definitely MSI course-correcting its OG Gaming X Trio deficiencies and it looks like the extra effort has paid off.
The card comes with the same cooling design and premium PCB components which are outfitted with a top of the line and updated, Tri Frozr 2S cooling system. The cooler is very much needed to keep the card running at stable clocks both cards have a 350W+ TGP. The extra 7% power limit for these cards also provides some decent OC capabilities but you can push Ampere all you want but only get minute returns. Do note that the RTX 3080 Ti gets close to 500W usage which is literally bonkers for a single graphics ard and the highest I have ever seen a single-GPU card go.
The cooler does an incredible job by keeping both cards steady and cool under 70C. The RTX 3080 Ti saw temps peak around 66C. Both of these were coupled with the superb silent profile which equals near-zero fan noise. If you want that extra cooling performance, then turning the fans all the way to 100% will lead to sub-60C temps but in return, you'd have to face the louder fan noise which gets a bit noticeable at that point.
The triple-fan solution comes with 0db fan technology which unless or until you're touching 60C won't spin at all. This allows lower noise levels when you're not doing any graphics-intensive tasks. MSI went all the way by including a full metal backplate on the card which comes with dual copper heat pipes to effectively transfer heat from the back. The backplate doesn't get hammer a lot like the RTX 3090 where it has to cool down 12 additional GDDR6X memory modules.
The RGB is not overdone and the Mystic Light cuts on the front and sides provide really good aesthetics of the card itself. The brushed aluminum backplate, the dual BIOS switch, and the stunning design are what makes these cards truly stand out from the Gaming X Trio variants.
Now pricing, MSI is charging a hefty $350 US premium for the RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X which costs $1549.99 US. That's quite a lot compared to the RTX 30 Gaming X Trio series which should cost below $1450 US. For this price, you get a 3-5% performance difference depending on if you're comparing the Gaming X Trio variants or the FE models. So in terms of performance, the RTX 3080 Ti offers great 4K performance which we already saw with the RTX 3090 but with half the memory capacity. Ampere's Ti offering doesn't impress us a lot like previous Ti cards because the RTX 3090 was already out in the market. Plus, if going by MSRP, the RTX 3090 sounds like a better deal with which you get an insane 24 GB memory capacity for just $300 US more along with bumped core count and clock speeds.
At MSRP, the MSI RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X is a beast of a card but we expect it to hit retail for well over $2000 US given all the demand and supply issues. Other than that, 12 GB on its flagship when AMD is already offering 16 GB on its Trio of Big Navi cards starting at $579 US is just lackluster. It's time for NVIDIA to crunch up the memory capacity in its next-generation graphics card but we get it that GDDR6X DRAM availability has been a major issue for them.
What I believe is that the SUPRIM X lineup from MSI is what the Gaming X Trio series should've been from the start. They are very impressive and feature one of the most gorgeous and neatly built cooling design that I have seen by NVIDIA's AIB partners. The factory overclock is great and the custom PCB is there if you want to push these cards or overclock them. The cooling design performs phenomenal, dropping several degrees over the already great Tri Frozr cooling for the Gaming X Trio variants and if you want the best Ampere card, then SUPRIM X won't let you down!
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- Just as Fast as the RTX 3090
- Up To 50% Performance Jump Over RTX 2080 Ti & Titan RTX
- Designed For 4K Gaming & Even 8K Gaming In Several Titles
- 19 Gbps GDDR6X Memory Chips designed for overclocking
- Factory Overclocked Out of Box
- Tri Frozr 2S heatsink cooling performance is great
- Very Enthusiast-Looking Shroud & Cooling Design
- ZeroFrozr Technology Included on Torx 4.0 fans
- The backplate includes heat pads for increased heat dissipation
- RGB Lighting support on the shroud, sides, and backplate are a plus
- Support for real-time ray tracing and DLSS features in next-generation gaming titles
- Good driver support for GeForce products, compatibility with DX11, DX12, Vulkan, OpenGL titles
- Good increase in performance per watt vs Turing
- First GPU to feature HDMI 2.1 support + AV1 Decoder
- Availability An Issue, Retail prices over $2000 US
- Very high price ($1549 US for SUPRIM X)
- Not a huge performance jump over RTX 3080
- Only 12 GB VRAM compared to 16 GB on AMD offerings
- Very high power consumption
- Limited room for overclocking due to lower power-limit