When Nvidia launched its RTX 30 series of graphics cards in 2020, it looked like the dawn of a new era in high-end PC gaming – one with stellar performance at a completely reasonable price. Then the GPU market became a total mess due to chip shortages, cryptocurrency mining, and overall demand that far exceeded supply. Graphics cards across the spectrum, from budget fare like the RTX 3050 all the way up to the monstrous RTX 3090, have been nearly impossible to find at MSRP ever since.
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, and giving content creators best-in-class performance. for video editing, 3D rendering, etc. But with a starting price of $1,999 – and that’s if anyone can actually find it at MSRP – it’s reserved only for those willing to shell out top dollar in order to have 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, eclipsing all of its siblings except its equally massive predecessor, the RTX 3090. At 13.3 inches long and 5.5 inches wide – not to mention 2 .7 inches thick, commanding a three-slot designation – it’s unlikely to fit in small form factor systems and will be very tight even for some standard ATX cases. MSI includes a brace in the box to help prevent GPU sag, which is nice considering the card’s hefty size.
Although an Nvidia Founders Edition exists, the version sent to us for review is the MSI Suprim X variant, which is overclocked to 1950 MHz. Beyond that, its specs are the same as the Founders Edition: 10,752 CUDA cores, compared to 10,496 on the original RTX 3090, paired with 24GB GDDR6X memory, a memory speed of 21 Gbit/s and a total memory bandwidth of 1008 GB/s. It has 336 3rd Gen Tensor cores and 82 2nd Gen RT cores for AI and ray tracing tasks. The Suprim X also features a dual-BIOS switch that allows you to switch between “Quiet” and “Gaming” modes, which prioritize low noise and optimal performance respectively. The clock speed is the same on both profiles, but Gaming mode allows the fans to run a bit louder to maximize cooling.
The 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 connects to your power supply via a 3×8 pin dongle included in the box. Unlike the 3090, OEMs also chose to use this new connector, as seen on the Suprim X here. You’ll need a powerful power supply (Nvidia recommends 850W minimum) as the card has a TDP of 480 watts, compared to 450W on the Founders Edition.
The board is cooled by MSI’s Tri Frozr 2S system, which uses three Torx 4.0 fans to draw heat away. Times hovered around 70°C in my tests – that’s impressive considering the power consumption of the 3090 Ti. It should be noted, however, that all of this heat has to go somewhere, and I could feel the room getting noticeably warmer due to hot air blowing out the back of our test rig during analysis. comparative.
On the back, the RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X has three DisplayPort 1.4a ports along with a single HDMI 2.1 output. The 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-world gaming benchmarks. I will be comparing the RTX 3090 Ti to the 3090 and 3080 Ti, the only other graphics cards in the same performance and price range, as well as the RTX 3080, to give a more common point of comparison. For our benchmarks, all tests are set to Ultra settings unless otherwise noted.
Right off the bat, you can see the 3090 Ti taking the expected lead over its predecessors, ending any doubt that this is the best consumer graphics card available. The real question, however, is How.
In our ray tracing synthetics, the 3090 Ti beats the 3090 by a larger margin than this card against the 3080 Ti, a welcome sight given the price jump over these already ridiculously expensive GPUs. Add the more traditional RTX 3080 into the comparisons and you can see that the 3090 Ti has about as much of a gap between itself and the next two best as those two have compared to the 3080.
Moving on to gaming benchmarks, the 3090 Ti claims the crown again. I limited my testing to 4K because high resolution gaming is what these maximum performance cards are designed for. As you can see from the graph, it again separates itself from the 3090 and 3080 Ti by a margin of 10-15%, depending on the game. Comparing the 3090 Ti to the 3080, the performance gain is closer to 30% .
Like the RTX 3090, Nvidia is also pitching the 3090 Ti as an 8K capable card. Although I don’t have an 8K display to test native 8K, I used Nvidia’s Dynamic Super Resolution feature to render at 8K and then downscale to 4K.
While I still wouldn’t recommend playing in 8K because you’ll have a much better experience with higher frame rates in 4K, it’s still impressive how games can run, especially with the help of DLSS . The lift over the RTX 3090 is again somewhat noticeable – still around a 10-15% improvement (except in the case of Gears Tactics, which scored the same), but that translates to a difference of only some FPS at the lowest. 8K overall frame rates.
Of the games I tested, DLSS was only available in Metro: Exodus, so I didn’t include it in the table, but in this game the AI-powered technology increased the framerate to 3090 Ti up to 38.3 FPS, when in fact it lowered the 3090’s output to 23.5 FPS.
Finally, it’s worth noting that beyond gaming, Nvidia talks about the 3090 Ti for its rendering prowess. Granted, video editing and 3D modeling aren’t my area of expertise, but I ran the Suprim X through some of the same Blender tests we’d previously used to compare the RTX 3090. Again, there’s a marked improvement with the 3090 Ti over its predecessors. The BMW test shows this the most, where the RTX 3090 took 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 diminishing returns – going from 0.9 to 0.85 seconds in the Wasp Bot test is still an improvement, but not one you’ll actually notice.
I’ve mentioned before that the RTX 3090 Ti requires a heavy-duty power supply, and in testing that turned out to be absolutely true. The 480W power draw estimate is accurate – I measured our test bench as pulling around 100W to 130W of power at idle and 600W under load when comparing the GPU. It is a lot of power, enough to make a noticeable difference to your electricity bill if you plan on gaming for a few hours or more on a daily basis.