MSI GeForce RTX 4080 Suprim X Review

Introduction

MSI GeForce RTX 4080 SUPRIM X represents the very best in custom-design graphics cards from MSI. The company created the SUPRIM line of graphics cards to lead its product stack with the highest-quality materials, meeting its best industrial design. This is MSI’s attempt at beating the NVIDIA Founders Edition in aesthetics. The RTX 4080 SUPRIM X is the company’s fastest air-cooled RTX 4080 card, there will be a liquid-cooled RTX 4080 SUPRIM Liquid X in the lineup, too.

The GeForce RTX 4080 is designed to help NVIDIA consolidate in the high-end gaming graphics card segment, and has the same design goals as the RTX 4090—to give you a graphics card that can play any of the AAA game titles at 4K Ultra HD , with maxed out settings, and ray tracing added to the mix. The DLSS 3 frame-generation feature nearly doubles frame-rates, and should add a heap of future-proofing to this card.

The GeForce RTX 4080 is based on the new AD103 “Ada Lovelace” silicon, which is smaller than the massive AD102 on which the RTX 4090 is based, although larger than the AD104 on which performance-segment SKUs from the 70-series will be based , including the now-cancelled RTX 4080 12 GB, which was “unlaunched” due to branding problems.

The RTX 4080 is endowed with 9,728 CUDA cores across 76 streaming multiprocessors, 304 Tensor cores, 76 RT cores, and 112 ROPs. The card comes with 16 GB of memory, which is higher than the 10 GB or 12 GB that the RTX 3080 came with, but across a narrower 256-bit wide GDDR6X memory bus (done to reduce the number of memory chips to 8). The bandwidth shortfall is contained by using faster 22.4 Gbps memory chips, and deploying much larger on-die caches to speed up the memory sub-system.

The MSI RTX 4080 SUPRIM X features a rich-looking silvery, brushed-aluminum finish on both the cooler shroud and backplate, with a well-appointed RGB lighting setup that doesn’t shout too loudly. It also uses premium components and thermal interface materials on the PCB and cooling solution. This card also features the company’s highest grade of factory-overclocking for the RTX 4080, with the GPU running at 2.625 GHz, compared to 2.50 GHz reference. MSI is pricing the card at $1,380, which is surprisingly reasonable, considering the pricing of the six other custom-design cards we’re reviewing today.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Market Segment Analysis
PriceCoresROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUtransistorsMemory
RTX 2080$3802944641515MHz1710MHz1750MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3060 Ti$4104864801410MHz1665MHz1750MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RX6700XT$3602560642424MHz2581MHz2000MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192 bit
RX6750XT$4702560642495MHz2600MHz2250MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192 bit
RTX 2080Ti$6004352881350MHz1545MHz1750MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352 bit
RTX 3070$5005888961500MHz1725MHz1750MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3070 Ti$6006144961575MHz1770MHz1188MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RX6800$5803840961815MHz2105MHz2000MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RX6800XT$53046081282015MHz2250MHz2000MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3080$6608704961440MHz1710MHz1188MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320 bit
RTX 3080Ti$950102401121365MHz1665MHz1188MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit
RX6900XT$65051201282015MHz2250MHz2000MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RX6950XT$80051201282100MHz2310MHz2250MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3090$900104961121395MHz1695MHz1219MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit
RX7900XT$90053761922000MHz2400MHz2500MHzNavi 3158000M20 GB, GDDR6, 320 bit
RTX 3090 Ti$1400107521121560MHz1950MHz1313MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit
RX 7900XTX$100061441922300MHz2505MHz2500MHzNavi 3158000M24 GB, GDDR6, 384 bit
RTX 4080$120097281122205MHz2505MHz1400MHzAD10345900M16 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
MSI RTX 4080
Suprim X
$138097281122205MHz2625MHz1400MHzAD10345900M16 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RTX 4090$2400163841762235MHz2520MHz1313MHzAD10276300M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit