MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X 12G Review - IGN

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The MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X 12G is a ridiculously fast gaming card that comes at a ridiculously steep price.
With Founders Editions out the door, it's time to start exploring aftermarket versions of the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti graphics cards . Today, I'm looking at the MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X 12G. It's bigger, better, and brighter than the original RTX 3080 Ti but at expected pricing of $1299 to $1349, is it worth the high cost to upgrade?

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MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X 12G – Design and Features

MSI's Suprim line-up represents the company's top of the line. From design to cooling to performance, the RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X just drips quality. On the exterior, the card is downright gigantic. At three slots wide, 13.2 inches long, and weighing in just over four pounds: GPU sag, thy name is Suprim X. Thankfully, MSI includes an adjustable GPU bracket to hold its weight and protect your PCIe slot.

The card itself is gorgeous in its aluminum and RGB backlit glory. The front shroud is trimmed in brushed metal, offset with two different shades of grey. Two RGB strips surround the middle fan to add that touch of flair if you'd like to mount it vertically. Around the back there's a thick metal backplate to help dissipate heat, but it's also trimmed in two different hues of gray and has a brightly backlit MSI dragon icon to catch the eye. Along the edge is another customizable RGB strip and logo. Many high-end cards seem clearly designed to to mount vertically but the Suprim X looks best in a normal horizontal mount. If RGB isn't your thing, you can turn the lighting off and it will still look good but, in my opinion, this is one of the best-looking cards so far this generation – if you can fit it in your case.

Being so large does have its benefits in cooling. The Suprim X uses MSI's TriFrozr 2S cooling system. This combines three Torx 4.0 fans with a high contact nickel baseplate for the GPU running into heatpipes through that massive heatsink, and a dedicated heatpipe and heatsink just for the VRAM. The fans feature combined blades to push…
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