MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X Review 9

MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X Review

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Introduction

MSI Logo

The MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X is the company's top custom-design graphics card based on the swanky new RTX 3070 Ti high-end graphics card by NVIDIA. The Suprim series represents MSI's best efforts in the areas of product design, factory-overclocked speeds, cooling performance, and more. NVIDIA debuted the RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti to augment its RTX 30-series "Ampere" graphics card family, particularly as it faced unexpected competition from rival AMD in the high-end with the Radeon RX 6000 series "Big Navi" graphics cards. The RTX 3070 Ti is designed to fill a performance gap between the the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, letting NVIDIA better compete with the RX 6700 XT and RX 6800, which posed stiff competition to the RTX 3070. Cards from this segment are expected to offer maxed-out gaming at 1440p with raytracing enabled, and also retain the ability to play at 4K UHD with reasonably good settings.



The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is based on the same GA104 silicon as the RTX 3070, but NVIDIA made two major design changes—first, it has maxed out the GA104, enabling all 6,144 CUDA cores as opposed to 5,888 on the RTX 3070; and second, it is using faster 19 Gbps GDDR6X memory in place of 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory. The memory sub-system alone sees a significant 35% uplift in bandwidth. The memory size is still 8 GB.

The GeForce "Ampere" graphics architecture debuts the second-generation of NVIDIA's path-breaking RTX real-time raytracing technology that combines raytraced effects, such as reflections, shadows, lighting, and global-illumination, with conventional raster 3D graphics to increase realism. "Ampere" combines second-generation RT cores with third-generation Tensor cores that accelerate AI, and faster "Ampere" CUDA cores.

The MSI RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X is an attempt by MSI to match NVIDIA's Founders Edition cards in terms of aesthetics. A premium-looking, brushed metal cooler shroud greets you, with its trio of TorX 4.0 fans, and a dense aluminium fin-stack heatsink. MSI has given the RTX 3070 Ti its top factory-overclock at 1860 MHz compared to the 1770 MHz reference. In this review, we take the card out for a spin to show you whether MSI has aced a better-looking and better-performing card than the NVIDIA Founders Edition.

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Market Segment Analysis
 PriceCoresROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060$9003584481320 MHz1777 MHz1875 MHzGA10613250M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6803840641400 MHz1800 MHz1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080$6002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$6903072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti$13004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6700 XT$1000
2560642424 MHz2581 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$14004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$13005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3070 Ti$1300
MSRP: $600
6144961575 MHz1770 MHz1188 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
MSI RTX 3070 Ti
Suprim X
$13506144961575 MHz1860 MHz1188 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RX 6800$14003840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$170046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$15008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RTX 3080 Ti$2200102401121365 MHz1665 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

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.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 33.5 x 14.5 cm, and it weighs 1777 g.

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires three slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

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.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

Power is drawn from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Combined with slot power, this configuration supplies up to 375 W.

Multi-GPU Area

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti does not support SLI.

Teardown

Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

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.

High-resolution PCB Pictures

These pictures are for the convenience of volt modders and people who would like to see all the finer details on the PCB. Feel free to link back to us and use these in your articles, videos or forum posts.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back


High-res versions are also available (front, back).

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