MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X & RTX 3080 SUPRIM X Graphics Cards Review – Premium Design & Everything Else!
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 / GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM XNovember 2020
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 & RTX 3080 SUPRIM X Overview
The MSI GeForce RTX 3090 & RTX 3080 SUPRIM X are some of the best custom variants design for the GeForce RTX 30 series family. MSI has gone all out with the design of SUPRIM X series graphics cards which now stand a tier above the Gaming X Trio lineup. MSI has also adopted new cooling & acoustics design for the SUPRIM X series which we will be talking about in detail.
In addition to the custom design, the RTX 3090 & RTX 3080 SUPRIM X graphics cards come with a non-reference PCB, featuring a 20 phase power design that features higher quality components than the reference variant which is already a really good design by itself.
In terms of clock speeds, the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X graphics card features an 1860 MHz boost clock (Gaming & Silent Mode) with a TGP of 420W while the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X features a boost clock of 1905 MHz (Gaming & Silent Mode) with a TGP of 370W. Both cards power up through a triple 8-pin connector configuration. Rest of the specifications including the memory clocks are rated at stock specifications.
Following are some of the features of the MSI GeForce RTX 3090 & RTX 3080 SUPRIM X before we go in detail:
Boost Clock / Memory Speed
- 1860 MHz / 19.5 Gbps (RTX 3090)
- 1905 MHz / 19.0 Gbps (RTX 3080)
- 24 GB GDDR6X Memory (RTX 3090)
- 10 GB GDDR6X Memory (RTX 3080)
- DisplayPort x 3 / HDMI x 1
TRI FROZR 2S Thermal Design
- TORX Fan 4.0: A masterpiece of teamwork, fan blades work in pairs to create unprecedented levels of focused air pressure.
- Core Pipe: Precision-machined heat pipes ensure max contact to the GPU and spread heat along the full length of the heatsink.
- Airflow Control: Don't sweat it, Airflow Control guides the air to exactly where it needs to be for maximum cooling.
- Close Quarters Heatpipe & Heatsink: Memory modules have their own close quarters heat pipe and heatsink for dedicated cooling.
- Copper Baseplate: A solid nickel-plated copper baseplate transfers heat from the GPU to all the heat pipes.
- Dual BIOS gives you the choice to prioritize for full performance in GAMING mode or low noise in SILENT mode.
- MSI's exclusive Dragon Center software lets you monitor, tweak, and optimize MSI products in real-time.
- Controls lighting for both MSI and compatible third-party RGB products.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 & RTX 3080 SUPRIM X Graphics Card Gallery:
The MSI SUPRIM X Graphics Cards With Tri Frozr 2S Cooling
With the differences out of the way, now let's talk about the similarities and the main highlights of the SUPRIM X design. The SUPRIM X graphics cards look vastly superior to the Gaming X Trio models and I can even say that they match the quality of the Lightning series which is exclusive for flagship designs. Both cards use advanced Tri-Frozr coolers which are the replacement of the MSI Twin Frozr series which have been widely used in current and last-generation graphics cards from MSI.
SUPRIM means more than just a new graphics card series from MSI. Decades of circuit engineering and cooling development have led to a new product design that
embraces prestige in its appearance and capabilities.
Concept turns to reality with high quality materials coming together such as thickened copper inside the PCB to brushed aluminum plating with precision cut edges on the exterior of the cooler.
A focus on the user experience and quality is reflected in the details, such as the dual BIOS
being set to Silent out of the box for comfort .
This card is amped up with robust power stages for durability, cooled with an extensive
heatsink system for sustaining extreme performance, and clad in a modern aesthetic to reflect a high performance lifestyle
MSI has incorporated and refined a couple of things in the new Tri Frozr design for SUPRIM X which is now referred to as Tri Frozr 2S while the Gaming X Trio variants feature the Tri Frozr 2 cooling. First is the TORX fan 4.0 which uses a ring design that connects two fan-blades with each other to increase airflow towards the internal heatsink assembly. These fans are made up of a double ball bearing design which ensures silent functionality in heavy loads.
The fans are fully compliant with the Zero Frozr Technology and are actually comprised of three areas. All of these would stay at 0 RPM (idle state) if the temperatures don't exceed 60C. When it does exceed 60C, all fans would start spinning. You can change that through the MSI configuration panel if you want more cooling performance over noise load but it's a nifty feature that I do like.
In addition to the cooling fans, the new VIP heatsink has been designed to be denser by using the brand new wave curved 2.0 fin design. The new heatsink makes use of deflectors to allow more air to pass through the fins smoothly, without causing any turbulence that would result in unwanted noise. MSI estimates a 2 degrees (C) drop in temperatures with the updated design versus the previous generation cooling system.
Talking about the heatsink, the massive block is comprised of seven copper squared shaped heat pipes with a more concentrated design to transfer heat from the copper base to the heatsink more effectively. The base itself is a solid nickel-plated base plate, transferring heat to the heat pipes in a very effective manner. To top it all off, MSI uses their exclusive Thermal Compound X which is said to offer higher thermal interface and heat transfer compared to traditional TIM applications.
Rocking a classy brushed look, the backplate on the SUPRIM X series provides a nice visual finish to the card. It also strengthens the card and thanks to some cleverly placed thermal pads even help to keep temperatures low.