MSI RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X 24G review

When Nvidia launched its RTX 30 series of graphics cards in 2020, it felt like the beginning of a new era in advanced PC gaming – one with unparalleled performance at a completely reasonable price. Then the GPU market became a total mess thanks to chip shortages, cryptocurrency mining and a total demand that far exceeded the supply. Graphics cards across the spectrum, from budget prices like the RTX 3050 and all the way up to the monstrous RTX 3090, have been nearly impossible to find on the MSRP page.

Now, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti promises to be the absolute king of the GPU stack, capable of delivering even more impressive frame rates at 4K and 8K, offering content creators the best-in-class performance for video editing, 3D rendering and more. But with a starting price of $ 1,999 – and that’s if anyone can actually find it on the MSRP – it’s only for those who are willing to spend the highest dollar to get the absolute best available.

MSI RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X 24G – Pictures

MSI RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X 24G – Design and Features

The RTX 3090 Ti is a massive graphics card that exacerbates all of its siblings except for its also massive predecessor, the RTX 3090. With a length of 13.3 inches and 5.5 inches wide – not to mention 2.7 inches thick, it orders a triple-slot designation – it has a small chance of fitting into small form factor systems, and will be a tight squeeze for even some standard ATX cases. MSI includes a hanger in the box to prevent GPU issue, which is nice considering the large size of the card.

While there is a Founders Edition from Nvidia, the version we were sent for review is the MSI Suprim X variant, which comes overclocked to 1950 MHz. Beyond that, its specifications are the same as the Founders Edition: 10,752 CUDA Cores, up from 10,496 on the original RTX 3090, paired with 24 GB of GDDR6X memory, 21 Gbps memory speed and a total memory bandwidth of 1008 GB / s. It has 336 3rd generation Tensor Cores and 82 2nd generation RT cores for AI and ray tracing tasks. Suprim X also has a dual-BIOS switch that lets you switch between “Silent” and “Gaming” modes, which prioritize low noise and full performance, respectively. Clockspeed is the same on both profiles, but Gaming mode lets the fans run a bit stronger to maximize cooling.

Founders Edition of the 3090 Ti uses a 1×16-pin power connector, a larger version of the 12-pin connector that debuted with the RTX 3080 FE. As before, this new port links to your PSU via a 3×8-leg dongle included in the box. Unlike with the 3090, OEMs have also chosen to use this new connector, as can be seen on the Suprim X here. You will need a powerful power supply (Nvidia recommends a minimum of 850w) as the card has a TDP of 480 watts, up from 450w on the Founders Edition.

The card is cooled by MSI’s Tri Frozr 2S system, which uses three Torx Fan 4.0s to draw heat away. The temperatures hovered around 70C in my test – that’s impressive considering how power consuming the 3090 Ti is. However, it’s worth noting that all that heat needs to go somewhere, and I could feel the room getting noticeably warmer due to hot air flowing out the back of our test rig during benchmarking.

On the back, the RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X has three DisplayPort 1.4a ports along with a single HDMI 2.1 output. Maximum resolution is 7680 x 4320 (8K).

MSI RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X 24G – Performance

We test GPUs using a mix of synthetic and real gaming benchmarks. I would compare the RTX 3090 Ti with the 3090 and 3080 Ti, the only other graphics cards in the far same range of performance and price, as well as the RTX 3080, to provide a more mainstream point of comparison. For our benchmarks, all tests are set to Ultra settings, unless otherwise stated.

Right from the start, you can see the 3090 Ti taking the expected lead over its predecessors, leaving no doubt that it is the absolute best consumer graphics card available. The real question, however, is by how much.

In our ray-tracing synthetics, the 3090 Ti beats the 3090 by a larger margin than the card does against the 3080 Ti, a welcome sight given the price jump over the already ridiculously expensive GPUs. Add the more common RTX 3080 for comparisons, and you can see that the 3090 Ti has about the same distance between itself and the two second best as the two do over the 3080.

If we move on to gaming benchmarks, the 3090 Ti again claims the crown. I limited my testing to 4K as high resolution games are what these high performance cards are designed for. As you can see from the chart, it again differs from 3090 and 3080 Ti by a margin of 10 to 15 percent, depending on the game. If you compare the 3090 Ti with the 3080, the power increase is closer to 30 percent.

Like the RTX 3090, Nvidia also highlights the 3090 Ti as a card capable of 8K gaming. Although I do not have an 8K monitor to test native 8K, I used Nvidia’s Dynamic Super Resolution feature to render at 8K and then scale down to 4K.

Although I still would not recommend playing in 8K as you will have a much better experience with higher frame rates in 4K, it is still impressive to see that games can run at all – especially using DLSS. The increase over the RTX 3090 is somewhat noticeable again – still an improvement of around 10 to 15 percent (except in the case of Gears Tactics, which scored the same), but that equates to a difference of only a few FPS at the lower overall frame rates at 8K.

Of the games I tested, DLSS was only available in Metro: Exodus, so I did not include it in the chart, but in one game, the AI-powered technology 3090 Ti’s frame rate up to 38.3 FPS, while actually lowering output from 3090 down to 23.5 FPS.

Finally, it is worth noting that in addition to gaming, Nvidia speaks up for the 3090 Ti for its reproducibility. Video editing and 3D modeling are admittedly not my area of ‚Äč‚Äčexpertise, but I ran the Suprim X through a couple of the same Blender tests that we previously used to benchmark the RTX 3090. Again, there is a marked improvement with the 3090 Ti compared to its predecessors. The BMW test shows this most, with the RTX 3090 taking 22.9 seconds, while the 3090 Ti Suprim X only needed 9.06 seconds to render the same project. On the other hand, faster jobs suffer from declining returns – going from 0.9 to 0.85 seconds in the Wasp Bot test is still an improvement, but not one you will actually notice.

I mentioned before that the RTX 3090 Ti requires a powerful power supply, and in testing it turned out just right. The estimate of 480 W power consumption is accurate – I measured our test rig to draw about 100 W to 130 W power at idle and 600 W under load when benchmarking the GPU. It is a lot enough power to make a noticeable difference to your electricity bill if you plan to play for a few hours or more on a daily basis.

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