So far 2021 hasn’t been any easier on enthusiasts with regard to product availability compared to last year, and the RTX 30 Series continues to be elusive at e-tail (I guess you just have to live near a Microcenter). Pricing, when cards are available online at all, continues to be well over MSRP. I can only speculate as to what the street price of cards like these SUPRIM offerings from MSI might be in a few months, and right now they are quite inflated at $1199.99 for the RTX 3080 SUPRIM and a whopping $2299.99 for the RTX 3090 SUPRIM in Newegg listings.
I haven’t been enthusiastic about reviewing any GPU lately – and it’s 100% due to this availability and pricing problem. I think we’re all tired of the situation by now, and it isn’t getting any better with a certain digital currency spiking to lofty heights recently.
But MSI sent these cards over for us to review, and that’s what I’m going to do. Even if any interaction with this article ends up being the usual complaints about availability and pricing.
Here’s the thing – it’s very hard to judge a product like this when I don’t know when or if anyone could ever buy it, and at what price. Even if everything was available at list price, at $899 the RTX 3080 SUPRIM would be at the very high end of the market, matching an FTW3 Hybrid (or XC3 Hydro) card from EVGA. MSI has done a nice job of creating a big, quiet version of the GeForce RTX 3080 with the SUPRIM, to be sure, but the overbuilt nature and massive power delivery seem to cater more to the serious overclocker than the typical enthusiast gamer.