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MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Introduction,There are many places to start, but we think the name needs some explanation just to stop you spending the rest of this preview wondering if MSI can\’t spell supreme or not. SUPRIM then. What exactly does it mean? It\’s an acronym.,SUperior, MSI commit to superior experience
PRofound, the journey to this point
IMpossible, redefining what you consider to be.,I mean, we get the idea. Not sure it\’s what we\’d pick but hey it\’s only a name. As long as the product itself gets the job done then who cares what\’s on the box? Or in this case the backplate of the card.,Although MSI don\’t say so, judging from the commitment to throwing all they have to offer at the SUPRIM we think you need to consider these as replacements for their famous Lightning cards. i.e they are a pair that are very much for the elitist, must own the absolute best, people and not for casual purchasers. In these current pandemic days it\’s difficult to get hold of anything it seems. The RTX cards are still out of stock almost everywhere, the new AMD Radeon RX cards and Ryzen 5000 CPUs are similarly rare, whilst the launch of the PS5 – today at time of writing – has shown that the whole of the UK had maybe 6 PS5s, all of which seemed to have been sent to reviewers rather than the public. It\’s been a frustrating time for all, and to see MSI launching two premium – RTX 3080 SUPRIM X has an MSRP of £810 whilst the RTX 3090 SUPRIM X weighs in at £1660 – cards feels like a slap in the face to all those people patiently waiting for their regular MSI RTX cards to appear. Yes you can have an RTX tomorrow, as long as you don\’t mind paying a serious premium. At least with the SUPRIM X you\’re getting a premium card for your extra cash, rather than just making scalpers rich. Bit frustrating though for all of us patiently waiting.,Available in regular SUPRIM form and also in SUPRIM X, as we have here today, there is a lot going on so let\’s run down the performance and looks, before we run them through our benchmark suite.,Technical Specifications,The SUPRIM are like a what\’s what of high end thinking. The famous Tri Frozr cooler is here in 2S guise starting off with an aluminium shroud surrounding TORX 4.0 fans which have even higher air pressure than the previous generation, and that is on top of many heatpipes and thick, high fin density heatsinks, all of which is mounted to an extra thick, 2oz copper PCB. With Dual-BIOS that defaults to silent mode out of the box for the quietest user experience, but also offers a gaming mode for the performance hardcore, there is plenty to talk about as we show the cards off.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Up Close,When was the last time we saw a white box for a graphics card? With the SUPRIM – here in X guise – we have white for both. In fact besides the 8 swapped for a 9 in the designation you\’ll struggle to tell either of the cards apart either here or in the flesh.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,At this price point we want a bit of theatre when we open the box and the SUPRIM has a mouse mat as well as a “thanks for buying this” card. Those of you who prefer more utility from your accessories will appreciate the graphics card holder as a belt and braces addition to ensure that your card never sags. Not that we expect it to.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,If, like us, you\’ve seen hundreds of graphics cards then you\’ll be aware of the slashes and grooves that seem to adorn all of them these days. Going for aluminium rather than plastic is the first feather in the cap of the SUPRIM, but the sleekness of the design is also eye catching. If the two-tone nature wasn\’t eye catching enough that is.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,The backplate is brushed aluminium and the brushing is done in two directions to catch the eye more than an endless swathe of identically angled strokes. There are plenty of recessed screw holes keeping it all together, whilst the logo is RGB for that extra touch of loveliness.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,This is an important picture for two reasons. Firstly because it really shows off how thin and carefully built the aluminium shroud is, which then shows off how highly polished the heat pipes and heatsink is, but secondly because you can see how much of the heatsink is open to the air which should help keep your temperatures nice and low. Even if all that hot air is expended into your case.,Also we\’ll be coming back to this on the next page, so you get a chance to revisit it with your new found knowledge.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,It\’s lovely to see a heatsink which combines an attention to detail and functionality – check out the tiny fins below the heatpipe – with pleasing looks. It\’s a good indicator of the effort that has gone into the design when MSI haven\’t just pulled one off the shelf and welded it together, but instead trimmed everything to fit perfectly on the PCB and beneath that aluminium shroud.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,Further adventures of how thick and carefully designed the heatsink is. Everywhere you look on the SUPRIM there is a thick bit of metal to help spread and dissipate any heat generated whilst keeping the card rigid.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Up Close – Details,The MSI SUPRIM X come with a dual-BIOS switch that offers both Silent and Gaming modes. Out of the box it is set to silent mode, so it\’s worth noting if you\’re one of those people who want maximum performance and damn the noise cost. Not that we\’re expecting the card to be noisy, but performance always comes at a cost. Equally though the RTX 3090 is hardly a slouch even before the GPU boost kicks in, so maybe quiet is the way forwards.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,Rather than have a simple screen printed logo the MSI Dragon on the backplate is fully RGB to help you show of your taste and sophistication. Or at least show off your choice of colours.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,The TORX 4.0 fans were a great success when we tested the MSI Tri Frozr RTX card and we have no reason to believe they\’ll be anything other than excellent on this SUPRIM X version. High air pressure and low noise is always a glorious combination. You can also see the carefully sculpted heatsink fins that direct air without causing the noise that is so injurious to our gaming pleasure.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,Having looked closer at it all, when you step back again you really appreciate how much attention to detail has gone into the SUPRIM X card. Everything is thick, sturdy and feels as premium as you would hope it does after seeing the receipt. The black bracket in the middle that helps brace everything, the careful cutouts for capacitors and things, it\’s a work of art.,Yes, that\’s three 8pin PCIe power inputs on both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 versions of the SUPRIM X. Power draw shouldn\’t be an limiting factor.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,Mind your fingers guys, gals and non-binary pals. Apart from being slightly scary this picture does show off how thick the backplate is. None of your wobbly tin-foil sheet here. Chunky, just like the rest of the card.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X  ,Having gone through the cards in a seperate look it\’s always nice to see them paired together. If anything it shows off how similar their build is. You couldn\’t tell one from the other, which would be perfect for those of you who can only afford the RTX 3080 card but still want to flex on Instagram.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM XMSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Test Setup,Clock Speeds
,Out of the box the two MSI cards have a decent level of boost potential, but as we know the rated clock speeds are no longer a good reference for your expected speed. The GPU Boost 4.0 technology has completely superceded any manual efforts. Sure you might squeeze a handful of extra MHz from manually fiddling, but you won\’t notice half a FPS and why tweak when you can be gaming?,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  ,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  ,For those of you who like an easy comparison the clock speed graph looks like this. The 3090 Suprim X is close to the other RTX 3090s we\’ve reviewed, whilst the average clock speed of the RTX 3080 Suprim X is a little behind some of the better options, but still well in the ballpark.,
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Borderlands 3,Borderlands 3 saw Gearbox Software return to developing their most famous IP following the somewhat dubious reception The Pre Sequel received. Borderlands has plenty of settings to tweak and, despite looking superficially similar to Borderlands 2, it’s significantly more demanding upon your hardware. At higher resolutions only the most performance rich need apply. Naturally we run with everything at the maximum possible settings.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Control,Remedy Entertainment’s Control is one of those games that demonstrates everything available to you in modern engines and with modern hardware. Not only does it have destructible environments but it supports all the hardware tricks, including Ray Tracing and DLSS on hardware with either or both of those features. We’re testing in every possible combination to demonstrate how each can impact your frames per second. The first graph is all resolutions in \’plain\’ mode. The second graph with Ray Tracing on, and the third graph with Ray Tracing and DLSS on and off for performance impact demonstration purposes.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Crysis Remastered,Crysis used to be the definition of a system’s performance potential, being one of the first game engines that used all the tricks available to it to push image quality to ever higher places. Of course that was long in the past so Crytek have remastered it to the point that even Pixar would probably struggle to turn everything on to maximum. Is that a case of a stern test or poor optimisation? That’s a debate for another day.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,F1 2020,Despite being launched at a time when there wasn’t any motorsport – or any sport – in the world, F1 2020 is everything it could realistically be. No, the track list doesn’t match the real 2020 F1 season, but the cars are close to their real-life counterparts and the graphics engine brings all the glorious imagery we’ve come to expect from Codemasters F1 titles. We’re running with it all to the stops, because of course we are.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Gears 5,A game where we always mentally add “of War” to the title, the most recent addition to the Gears franchise saw The Coalition stick rigidly to the formula that has made this title a success on the Xbox. It’s more of a ‘best of’ than a new title, but still brings all the graphical glory to your screen as befits a game aimed at the console market. With everything turned up to ten the graphics can bring even beefy systems to their knees. The second graph is cranked up to 8K just to see how far we can push things. It\’s worth bearing in mind that there has been a big patch since we tested most of the cards here, and clearly the patch has negatively impacted performance.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Horizon Zero Dawn,Alongside God of War, Horizon is one of the best titles from this generation of games. A massive open world and story rich game with none of the ‘collect 500 tiny things’ that plagues many open world titles, the breath-taking vistas and gorgeous animation of Aloy’s adventures should be experienced by all gamers. The PC release required some fine tuning to be all it could be, but graphically it’s still jaw-dropping and with everything up to the hilt as we have here, few games look better.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Metro Exodus,Along with Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Control, Metro Exodus is one of a triumvirate of games in our test suite that takes full advantage of all your graphical hardware can offer. With Ray Tracing and DLSS support along with the gritty, post-apocalyptic aesthetic for which 4A Games are famed, it is a great title with which to flex the power of your new graphics card. The first graph is all resolutions in \’plain\’ mode. The second graph with Ray Tracing and the third with both RT and DLSS on.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Microsoft Flight Simulator,A title that doesn’t just require you to have some beefy hardware to maximise the visuals, but also a fairly empty hard drive to squeeze on one of the largest install sizes on the market, the newest instalment in the famous Flight Simulator series is gorgeous. Without any combat you’ve plenty of time with which to appreciate the satellite based ground imagery as well as the hand-crafted airports. With all the detail settings maximised it’s a stern test of your system.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Monster Hunter World,Capcom’s Monster Hunter World might be, compared to other titles in our test suite, getting a little long in the tooth but it’s still a gorgeous title with beautiful scenery punctuated by boss fights that wouldn’t look out of place in a From Software title. The introduction of the Iceborne expansion pack boosted the graphics a little further, and as always we’re running everything as high as we can push.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Resident Evil 3,Another Capcom title, the newest instalment of the remade Resident Evil franchise continues to up the ante in graphical glory. As someone old enough to have played the originals, seeing Jill Valentine in all her high definition glory never stops being impressive, and whilst the gameplay doesn’t quite shine as brightly as the two games that bracket this in the Res line-up, it’s still fun to turn everything up to max and murder some zombies.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Shadow of the Tomb Raider,Lara has been a firm fixture in our benchmark suite for as long as we can remember. Shadow might have had a mixed response as it took Miss Croft out of both her and the players comfort zones – particularly if the player hadn’t tried Rise of the Tomb Raider, but there is no denying the graphical splendour available from the Foundation engine. It brings Ray Tracing and DLSS to compatible hardware, and we’re testing in every possible combination. The first graph is all resolutions in \’plain\’ mode. The second graph with Ray Tracing on, and the third graph with Ray Tracing and DLSS on and off to demonstrate performance changes.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Total Warhammer 2,Creative Assembly rewrote the book for strategy games with their Total War series, and with Total Warhammer they brought fantasy into that sphere. Total Warhammer 2 took all that was great about the first entry and filled it so full of content that you can play the Mortal Empires campaign for literal years if you wish. The CPU does as much work as the GPU here, thanks to hundreds of units and vast draw distances.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Total War Saga: Troy,A game everyone probably owns thanks to the free 24 hours on the Epic Store, Troy might not have the breadth of some of the more fully-fledged entries in the long Total War series, but it’s still a good way of showing off the well-rounded nature of your system. You need every component to be finely tuned to really pump those frames out.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,3DMARK: Port Royal,One of the first Ray Tracing benchmarks to appear, the value of Port Royal cannot be overstated. Games always take a while to adopt new technologies but benchmark/demos can get on board much faster and show off where your hard-earned is going. With the next generation of consoles supporting Ray Tracing too it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a bigger part of our lives.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,3DMARK: Time Spy,If you’ve been using 3D Mark since the days when it was largely full of dragons and Matrix-esque FPS games, you’ll appreciate Time Spy taking you on a trip down memory lane whilst also showing the future too. It’s always a  lovely thing to watch which, as people who’ve seen the Fire Strike benchmark a thousand times or more, is a feature we appreciate.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Unigine Superposition,The Unigine range of benchmarks has been long standing parts of the OC3D test suite. From Heaven to Valley and now Superposition it’s one of the best ways of not only testing your new purchase but putting it through the mill too. In fact the Superposition test is the one we use to test our temperatures. If you haven’t seen it running you’re really missing out.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Temperatures and Power Draw,Modern graphics cards no longer rely upon the user to overclock them, as the drivers now make the most of any spare power or thermal headroom available to boost the clocks to give the smoothest performance. Thus the temperature graph is a little less important than it used to be unless the manufacturer has created a godly cooler, whilst Power Draw is fun on your energy bill, but most of us just care about performance rather than a handful of Watts here and there. With slight variance in ambient temperatures we\’re also including the delta temperature too, so you know exactly how well the card performs relative to the air temperature. The RTX 3090 is certainly a thirsty bugger.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review
MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X,Conclusion,It\’s difficult when summing up modern graphics cards, because the manufacturers have absolutely nailed on the consistency of the GPUs themselves, to the point where there is never really a bad one nor a golden one. Similarly the automatic boosting negates any of the fun from the old days when we used to get special high OC models. The card will always reach whatever limit it can. Naturally this limit is affected by the quality of the power components and the cooling. Power components are very close across cards because they have a target to hit. Only in the cooling is there any difference to be found, but even here the majority of high end RTX cards – 3080 and 3090 – use a triple fan design.,As you can see from our testing the two MSI Suprim X cards match very closely to their competitors in the performance charts. If we had to be supremely (ha) nitpicky then we\’d say that the RTX 3090 Suprim X was, just about, better compared to its rivals than the RTX 3080 which was a bit more in the middle of the pack. Everything is relative of course and when the difference in frames per second can be measured on the fingers of one hand then whichever you choose you\’ll be pleased.,So if the performance is the same across the cards, and the temperatures are similar, noise is about the same, and price is on par, it means we\’re stuck with looks as the only differentiating factor between the Suprim X and other RTX Ampere cards. Here it\’s very much a matter of personal taste, but we prefer the looks of the MSI Suprim X to their Gaming X Trio. The brushed finish to both the fan surround and backplate is very attractive, and the contrasting brush directions lend a pleasing 3D optical illusion effect. Additionally the side lighting is plentiful. If you\’re a big fan of having ALL the RGB lighting in your case – and we are – then the Suprim X will be right up your alley.,The only negative we have is the name, and not merely because our fingers always want to type supreme. It doesn\’t exactly roll of the tongue, and it\’s also one of those names that will require an explanation when discussing it; “What GPU have you got?”. “A MSI Suprim”. “Don\’t you mean Supreme?”. “No Suprim, it stands for something but I can\’t remember what”. Normally we could ignore it but it\’s printed large on the back of the card. Ho hum. Let\’s be honest though, if that\’s all there is to complain about then MSI have done well, as always.,Regardless of which of the two MSI Suprim X cards you choose you can be certain of having an excellent take upon their respective Ampere formulae, and they win our OC3D Performance Award.,MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review  ,Discuss the MSI Suprim X range in our OC3D Forums.

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