MSI, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM are getting closer and closer

MSI, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM are getting closer and closer


A couple of weeks ago, the first photo of MSI's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X graphics card appeared on the net, a product that has been rumored for a long time but which, at the moment, has not yet been officially announced. The existence of the card had subsequently been corroborated by the fact that it had already been put on sale at one of the largest computer hardware retailers in the United Arab Emirates for the sum of 3,500 dollars.

Recall that, according to according to the latest rumors, the card will be equipped with 80 Streaming Multiprocessors (SM) for a total of 10,240 CUDA cores, 320 Tensor cores and 80 RT cores. Moving on to the operating frequencies, we are talking about a base clock of 1.365MHz and a boost clock of 1.665MHz. As far as memory is concerned, 12GB of GDDR6X at 19Gb / s should be on board on a 384-bit bus for an overall bandwidth of 912.4GB / s.

Recently, VideoCardz colleagues have published some slides that should be part of the MSI advertising material, where it is possible to see that the SUPRIM line will soon expand with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti models, which should share the same PCB design, respectively, of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070. More specifically, the RTX 3070 Ti should be equipped with the GA104-400 GPU and offer 6,144 CUDA cores, while the amount of onboard memory will be 8GB, but we do not know if it will be normal GDDR6. or of the best performing GDDR6X.

According to the latest rumors, both models will be announced on May 29th, while the launch is expected in the first part of June.

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MSI's 2021 Budget Gaming Laptops: First Look at the Pulse GL, Katana GF, and Sword

MSI has refocused its offerings for gamers on a budget by announcing the Pulse GL and Katana GF series, which make use of Intel's new 'Tiger Lake-H' power-user processors and Nvidia's latest budget-friendly GeForce RTX GPUs. These join the MSI Creator Z16 among MSI’s recent system announcements.

We were able to meet with MSI for a one-on-one virtual showcase for these new laptops. In the video below, you can get a closer look at the design and features of the Pulse GL and the Katana GF, as well as the white palette-swap version of the Katana, the Sword.

Meet the Pulse GL: Budget Gaming With Flair

The Pulse GL is still a definitively a budget-friendly laptop, but it doesn’t go all-in on entry-level in the same way as the Katana GF. Most GL configurations are available around $1,000 (the lowest starts at $949), but models can scale up toward $2,000 depending on your component choices. These are highlighted by the inclusion of Intel’s 11th Generation H-Series processors.

The MSI Pulse GL's lid design

On the graphics side, options range from the newly announced GeForce RTX 3050 (the new low-end choice among RTX-capable mobile GPUs) up to the GeForce RTX 3070. The base model utilizes a new Core i5-11400H processor, and the pricier configurations use the Core i7-11800H.

The base display is full HD, but it doesn’t offer a high refresh rate. There is a 144Hz upgrade option, however, which many esports-minded shoppers will opt for. The minimum storage is 512GB and goes up to 1TB, and the base RAM is 8GB but can be ordered with 16GB.

The MSI Pulse GL's screen features a 144Hz option.

From our initial look, the system appears moderately portable, measuring 0.94 by 14.1 by 10.2 inches and weighing in at 4.63 pounds. The design has a few more flourishes than many budget systems, so check out the video to see it in motion and hear a few more details about its specs and features.

Choose Your Blade: The Katana GF and Sword

Next we move on to the Katana and Sword, which double down on the budget aspects. These have a simpler, cleaner look versus the Pulse GL, but the Sword’s all-white look sets it apart in this part of the market. A white colorway is not common in the budget tier and distinguishes the Sword from the usual sea of black or gray budget laptops. The Katana will be available as low as $899, and the highest configuration only reaches $1,349, staying more firmly in the entry-level range even in its maximum model compared with the Pulse GL.

Recommended by Our Editors The MSI Katana GF features a traditional gaming-laptop look.

Like the GL, the components range from the Core i5-11400 to the Core i7-11800H, but the GPU starts out at the GeForce RTX 3050 and maxes out at the RTX 3060. Memory and storage range from 8GB to 16GB and 512GB to 1TB, respectively.

The MSI Sword offers a nice alternative style in white with blue key-lighting accents.

The keyboard lighting on the Katana is entirely red backlighting, not per-key or customizable across zones, while the Sword is the same with blue backlighting. The two systems measure 0.98 by 14.1 by 10.2 inches and weigh 4.63 pounds, a touch thicker than the GL but the same weight.

For a deeper look at the Katana GF and Sword, watch through the above video. And check back to PCMag for a full review of these systems when units become available.

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