MSI RTX 3080 Ti SuprimX Review
There isn't enough sugar in the Tate and Lyle factory that will help this particular spoonful of medicine go down.
Let's get the good out of the way to begin with, whilst we lace up our bovver boots. Of the three RTX 3080 Tis we've got for review today the SuprimX is unquestionably the prettiest. If you want a card which shows itself off as a beacon in the middle of your case window, it's the very card for you. Additionally it's got lots of performance, even more than the Nvidia FE version, and runs nice and quiet/cool even under hefty loading. It is built like a tank and looks the absolute business.
When the RTX 3080 was launched the Nvidia version was £649 and the MSI SuprimX a hefty £850. From that we can glean that the cooler is worth, if MSI brought cards at the retail price and sold at cost (which they definitely don't), £200 tops. Why then does the Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FE cost £1049, and the MSI SuprimX cost £1749?
One thousand, seven hundred and forty nine pounds.
Seven hundred pounds more than the FE card.
Using the same cooler which, we've already established, at best, adds two hundred pounds in value to the card as the other SuprimX cards.
Where has the other £500 come from? Even the RTX 3090 SuprimX cost £1660 at launch. So is this card, with 2 fewer SMs than the RTX 3090, 256 fewer CUDA cores, 8 fewer Tensor cores, 2 fewer RT cores, 8 fewer Texture Units and 12GB less GDDR6X worth £90 more?
No. It's indefensible.
For shame, MSI. For shame.