MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X Review 5

MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X Review

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Introduction

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The MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X is the company's new flagship gaming graphics card and part of NVIDIA's refresh of the RTX 30-series "Ampere" family to bolster its position in the high-end segment. The Suprim X is an MSI exercise at leveling up to the NVIDIA Founders Edition in terms of original design and build quality. The most premium design and materials combine with the company's most advanced graphics-card cooling solution and overclocking-optimized PCB to offer the highest tier of factory overclocks.



NVIDIA announced the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti at its Computex 2021 event to answer two very specific challenges to its product stack—the Radeon RX 6900 XT outclassing the RTX 3080 and the RX 6800 performing well against the RTX 3070. The RTX 3080 Ti is designed to fill a performance gap between the RTX 3080 and the halo-segment RTX 3090.

The RTX 3080 Ti is based on the same 8 nm GA102 silicon as the RTX 3080, but features a lot more CUDA cores. More importantly, it maxes out the 384-bit wide GDDR6X memory bus of the GA102. NVIDIA is giving the card 12 GB of memory, not 24 GB like on the RTX 3090, which it considers a halo product that even targets certain professional use cases. The RTX 3080 Ti is also endowed with 320 TMUs, 320 Tensor cores, 80 RT cores, and 112 ROPs. The memory operates at the same 19 Gbps data-rate as the RTX 3080, which results in a memory bandwidth of 912 GB/s due to its increased bus width.

The MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X supercharges the RTX 3080 Ti with its highest clock speeds—1830 MHz vs. 1665 MHz reference. It features the most elaborate version of the company's TriFrozr 2S cooling solution, with a metal alloy shroud, dense aluminium fin-stack heatsink, three TorX fans, similar power-delivery to the company's RTX 3090 Suprim X, and a metal back-plate. In this review, we take the card for a spin across our test-suite to tell you if shelling RTX 3090 kind of money for a top custom RTX 3080 Ti is worth it. MSI hasn't provided any pricing information yet, but we expect the card to go for around $2100, $100 more than our estimate for the NVIDIA baseline price.

GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Market Segment Analysis
 PriceCoresROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
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
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$2000
MSRP: $1200
102401121365 MHz1665 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
MSI RTX 3080 Ti
Suprim X
$2100
MSRP: N/A
102401121365 MHz1830 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
RX 6900 XT$210051201282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3090$2900104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
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