MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G Front View

Introduction

On June 9th, 2021 NVIDIA launched its updated and refreshed GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, extending the performance of the NVIDIA GA104 GPU that was the GeForce RTX 3070.  The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition has an MSRP of $599, which is $100 more expensive than the GeForce RTX 3070 with its $499 MSRP.  In our launch review, we took a look at a Founders Edition video card, and then we also overclocked it.

Today we have our first custom design add-in-board partner-based graphics card to look at.  We are going all out with the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G video card.  This is the best of the best from MSI when it comes to the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.  It’s big, it’s beefy, it’s got the thickness where it counts to give gamers the best chance at overclocking the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti to the max.  This video card makes its presence known. 

First a little refresher in regards to the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.  It was launched this summer, 2021.  It is based on the NVIDIA GA104-400 GPU based on the Ampere GPU architecture on Samsung 8nm.  It is the RTX 3070 fully realized.  It has 6,144 CUDA Cores, 96 ROPs, 192 TMUs, 48 RT Cores (2nd Gen), and 192 Tensor Cores (3rd Gen.)  The GPU Boost Clock is 1770MHz.  It has 8GB of GDDR6X at 19GHz on a 256-bit bus providing 608GB/s of bandwidth.  The TDDP is 290W.

MSI SUPRIM X

The MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G video card is based on MSI’s highest-tier SUPRIM X brand.  This is a premium video card tier, offering the best of the best from MSI in a complete package.  MSI also offers a VENTUS version and GAMING version, both with OC models and all are custom cards from MSI.  The SUPRIM version sits at the top, and offers a non-X and an X version, we have the X version.  The only difference between the non-X and X versions is the GPU Boost factory overclock.  The X version is clocked higher at 1860MHz while the non-X is clocked at 1830MHz.  Otherwise, the cards are identical.

MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G

The box is very thick, robust, and protects the video card well. It opens up to present the video card in an appealing well-packaged bag. In the box, you get a nice presentation letting you know the quality of the product you just bought. There is also a nicely sized and very comfortable mouse pad. A stabilizing support bracket is included so that the video card will be properly supported as it is quite long.

The MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G has the highest factory overclock from MSI on the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU.  It has a boost clock of 1860MHz by default, compared to the Founders Edition which is clocked at 1770MHz.  That is therefore a 90MHz factory overclock boost or 5% over the reference spec.  Additionally, through MSI Afterburner or MSI Center, there is an optional “Extreme Mode” that you can enable in software that will increase the boost to 1875MHz.  This gives you a significant boost over the reference RTX 3070 Ti spec just with a flip of a switch in software without having to overclock it.  It has the standard 8GB of GDDR6X at 19GHz on board.

The MSI RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X video card measures a large 13.18 inches in length, 5.5 inches in width, and 2.4 inches in height.  By comparison, the Founders Edition measures 10.5 inches in length, 4.4 inches in width, and only 2-slot in height.  The MSI RTX 3070 TI SUPRIM X weighs a heavy 3.8 pounds.  It has three DisplayPort 1.4a ports and one HDMI 2.1 port.  The power consumption is quoted at 310W and the recommended PSU is 850W.  The video card does come with support for your case.

The heart of the MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X is the TRI FROZR 2S cooler setup.  The three fans are made up of MSI TORX FAN 4.0 fans, with pairs of fan blades linked together to focus airflow and air pressure into the heatsink.  The fans support Zero Frozr which turns off at low loads. 

The heatsink uses a solid nickel-plated copper baseplate and an array of heatpipes.  The baseplate is very wide and it uses MSI Core Pipe to make sure all heatpipes are in contact with GPU heat transfer.  Airflow Control deflectors are used to and Wave-curve 2.0 fin edges to guide airflow.  Memory modules receive separate specific Close Quarters Heatpipe & Heatsink design that runs to a dedicated heatsink.  The backplate also has thermal pads to provide additional cooling.

In terms of hardware, there is a Dual-BIOS on this video card.  The default (shipping) position of the switch is in the Silent mode for a low noise operation.  Optionally, you can switch it to the Gaming mode, which increases the fan curves.  The clock speed (1860MHz) and power delivery is the same between both BIOS options.  There are additional fuses built into the custom PCB to provide additional safeguards against electrical damage.  The PCB is made of thickened copper to provide better conductivity and heat dissipation.  The video card also supports MSI Mystic Light RGB with full RGB control in MSI Center. 

Brent Justice

Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components for 20+ years, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer oriented...

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4 Comments

  1. Makes sense to me that using thicker copper for the copper components/areas will conduct electricity and heat better.

    That is true, except in a PCB the traces are … pretty small. Going from 1mm to 2mm maybe an increase of 100%, but it still isn’t all that much copper.

    I mean, it’s better than going smaller, but it’s going to have a pretty negligible effect on overall heat dissipation. The vast majority of the heat is generated in the ICs and removed by the heatsinks, not on the traces or in the PCB – or at least unless they are doing it wrong.

    Makes for great marketing jargon though.

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