The MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X looks closest to the NVIDIA Founders Edition in terms of quality of design, and attention to detail by its designers. It's easily the largest RTX 3070 Ti card we have with us today, with its imposing brushed metal cooler shroud. The RGB elements are tastefully executed and not in-your-face.
Dimensions of the card are 33.5 x 14.5 cm, and it weighs 1777 g.
Installation requires three slots in your system.
Display connectivity options include three standard DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1. The DisplayPort 1.4a outputs support Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2a, which lets you connect 4K displays at 120 Hz and 8K displays at 60 Hz. Ampere can drive two 8K displays at 60 Hz with just one cable per display.
Ampere is the first GPU to support HDMI 2.1, which increases bandwidth to 48 Gbps to support higher resolutions, like 4K144 and 8K30, with a single cable. With DSC, this goes up to 4K240 and 8K120. NVIDIA's new NVENC/NVDEC video engine is optimized to handle video tasks with minimal CPU load. The highlight here is added support for AV1 decode. Just like on Turing, you may also decode MPEG-2, VC1, VP8, VP9, H.264, and H.265 natively, at up to 8K@12-bit.
The encoder is identical to Turing. It supports H.264, H.265, and lossless at up to 8K@10-bit.
Power is drawn from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Combined with slot power, this configuration supplies up to 375 W.
The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti does not support SLI.
The MSI Suprim X is a lot easier to take apart than the Founders Edition card. Simply undo a series of screws and the cooler comes off cleanly. Thermal pads for memory are 2.5 mm thick, and those on the VRM are 2.0 mm thick.
The cooler uses two aluminium fin stacks that are skewered by seven 6-mm-thick aluminium fin stacks, which pull heat through a copper base plate. An eighth flat heat-pipe spreads heat around this area. Additional base plates pull heat from the VRM.
The card comes with a metal reinforcement that counteracts PCB bending over time.
The metal back plate comes with additional thermal pads and participates in the cooling. Thickness of the thermal pads on the back is 4.0 mm.