MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Suprim X graphics is the company's new premium custom-design implementation of the RTX 3080 "Ampere." With it, the company is debuting its new "Suprim" brand extension positioned a notch above the MSI Gaming X Trio line of graphics cards. It's likely that Suprim X is the new Gaming Z since the company in the past probably had to fight the perception that Gaming Z is just an overclocked Gaming X when in fact it would usually come with certain physical improvements. In addition to a more upmarket design than the Gaming X Trio, the RTX 3080 Suprim X comes with higher clock speeds and a handful exclusive features. MSI is reserving the Suprim X treatment for high-end GPUs only, beginning with the RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and RTX 3070. In this review, we take a look at the RTX 3080 Suprim X, but we'll also have a review of the RTX 3090 Suprim for you soon.
The GeForce RTX 3080 is the first "Ampere" graphics card based on NVIDIA's first consumer graphics architecture in close to two years. The company was first to introduce real-time raytracing for gaming with its path-breaking RTX 20-series "Turing" in 2018, and "Ampere" is an exercise in making raytracing have much less of a performance impact than with the previous generation. While purely raytraced interactive 3D remains a very long-term engineering goal due to the enormity of required compute power, NVIDIA realized that conventional raster 3D can be combined with certain raytraced elements, such as lighting, shadows, reflections, global illumination, and ambient occlusion, to uplift graphics realism way beyond what's possible with raster 3D, even with the latest DirectX 12 feature set, and innovated the RTX technology. With "Ampere," NVIDIA is introducing its 2nd generation, which adds even more hardware-accelerated RTX effects and improves performance. The RTX 3080 is designed to make AAA gaming with raytracing possible at 4K (UHD) at 60 Hz.
The new GeForce "Ampere" graphics architecture marks the debut of 2nd generation RTX, which combines new "Ampere" CUDA cores that double throughput over the previous generation by leveraging concurrent FP32+INT32 math operations per clock cycle, new 2nd generation RT cores, which double the BVH traversal and intersection performance over "Turing" RT cores and add new fixed-function hardware that enables raytraced motion-blur; and the new 3rd generation Tensor core inspired by the cores that power the A100 Tensor Core HPC processor, which leverage the sparsity phenomenon in deep-learning neural networks to increase AI inference performance by an order of magnitude over the previous generation. NVIDIA leverages AI to power its raytracing denoiser and enable its DLSS performance enhancement. With "Ampere," NVIDIA is introducing 8K DLSS, which lets you play at 8K resolution.
The GeForce RTX 3080 features close to triple the number of CUDA cores as the RTX 2080, at 8,704 vs. 2,944. It also features 68 2nd Gen RT cores, 272 3rd Gen Tensor cores, 272 TMUs, and 96 ROPs. To keep all this compute muscle fed with a steady stream of data, NVIDIA partnered with Micron Technology to innovate an exclusive new memory technology it calls GDDR6X, which on the RTX 3080 offers staggering data rates of 19 Gbps, instead of up to 16 Gbps of conventional GDDR6. NVIDIA is also widening the memory bus to 320-bit and increasing the memory amount to 10 GB. The RTX 3080 enjoys 760 GB/s of memory bandwidth. There several other next-gen technologies, such as support for the new PCI-Express 4.0 x16 bus, latest DisplayPort 1.4a and HDMI 2.1 connectors that support 8K over a single cable, and AV1 decode acceleration. The RTX 3080 is based on the same "big" silicon as the RTX 3090, the "GA102" built on the Samsung 8 FFN silicon fabrication process.
The MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Suprim X is possibly the only custom-design card that can give the NVIDIA Founders Edition a run for its money in a beauty contest. Top-grade brushed aluminium finishes off the cooler shroud and backplate, crafted to perfection and covering a meaty aluminium fin-stack heatsink that pulls heat over squared "core pipe" heat-pipes which make better contact with the GPU over a nickel-plated copper base plate and high conductivity thermal compound. The fin-stack is ventilated by a trio of evenly sized TorX 4.0 fans that feature webbed impellers for guided axial airflow and double-ball bearings. The cooler also features a flattened heat pipe dedicated to pulling heat from the memory chips on the PCB.
MSI is giving the RTX 3080 Suprim X its highest factory overclock thus far, with GPU Boost set at 1905 MHz—compared to the 1710 MHz reference and 1815 MHz of the RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio. It's also the most expensive air-cooled RTX 3080 from MSI, priced at $900, a $200 premium over the Founders Edition and $140 premium over the Gaming X Trio. In this review, we take a very close look at the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Suprim X to tell you if this huge premium is justified.
|GTX 1080 Ti||$650||3584||88||1481 MHz||1582 MHz||1376 MHz||GP102||12000M||11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit|
|RX 5700 XT||$370||2560||64||1605 MHz||1755 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 10||10300M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2070||$340||2304||64||1410 MHz||1620 MHz||1750 MHz||TU106||10800M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2070 Super||$450||2560||64||1605 MHz||1770 MHz||1750 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|Radeon VII||$680||3840||64||1802 MHz||N/A||1000 MHz||Vega 20||13230M||16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit|
|RTX 2080||$600||2944||64||1515 MHz||1710 MHz||1750 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2080 Super||$690||3072||64||1650 MHz||1815 MHz||1940 MHz||TU104||13600M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2080 Ti||$1000||4352||88||1350 MHz||1545 MHz||1750 MHz||TU102||18600M||11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit|
|RTX 3070||$500||5888||96||1500 MHz||1725 MHz||1750 MHz||GA104||17400M||8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX 6800||$580||3840||96||1815 MHz||2105 MHz||2000 MHz||Navi 21||23000M||16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX 6800 XT||$650||4608||128||2015 MHz||2250 MHz||2000 MHz||Navi 21||23000M||16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 3080||$700||8704||96||1440 MHz||1710 MHz||1188 MHz||GA102||28000M||10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit|
|MSI RTX 3080|
|$900||8704||96||1440 MHz||1905 MHz||1188 MHz||GA102||28000M||10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit|
|RTX 3090||$1500||10496||112||1395 MHz||1695 MHz||1219 MHz||GA102||28000M||24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit|