MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X Review

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MSI RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 SUPRIM X

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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 

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Most Recent Comments

12-01-2021, 17:32:44

Gothmoth
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As stock starts to finally get on shelves a lot

aha.. "a lot".
too bad not here.

cheapest RTX 3070 that is available and i can buy today is 804 euro. by coincidence it is a suprim.
that´s fair i guess.

https://i.imgur.com/kexZa7J.jpg


not that i would want to buy a 8GB RTX 3070.. but 3080 looks even worse.
but good to hear UK gets a lot of RTX 3xxx series in stock.Quote

20-01-2021, 13:59:16

Gothmoth

20-01-2021, 16:22:30

tinytomlogan
A lot of it is due to shipping issues we have raised in the news a lot recentlyQuote

20-01-2021, 17:30:30

Gothmoth
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
A lot of it is due to shipping issues we have raised in the news a lot recently



if it is shipping issues there should be a ton of cards on containerships and in warehouses?


but i doubt that shipping issues are really the problem.


i have bought stuff on ebay the last months that ships from china and it arrived in time.Quote

20-01-2021, 18:22:18

AlienALX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gothmoth View Post
if it is shipping issues there should be a ton of cards on containerships and in warehouses?


but i doubt that shipping issues are really the problem.


i have bought stuff on ebay the last months that ships from china and it arrived in time.
It's the shipping. Covid has taken its toll, and shipping is the biggest issue. You can't compare several containers to something you bought on Ebay that goes into a postman's sack, then probably on a plane, then your postman brings it to you. The whole logistics of shipping right now is a nightmare.

This is why I bought my computer as soon as I knew this stuff was happening (March). As it stands? I couldn't buy it again for the same price some 10 months later.

Because of all of the hoops shipping companies are now having to jump through and less shipments going the price has gone up. And that is without even going back to supply, which again will suffer when something like this is going on.Quote
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