Date Joined: 06/16/09
Pros: -Solid built card, hefty, and nicely designed without going too far over the top
-Great overall performance
-Noticable speed improvments when compared to my old card in most tasks
-Stable (so far)
-Impressive for gaming - with DLSS on, think 2077 with max settings/ray tracing, on a 165hz 10bit 1440p IPS panel - with no issues... besides the typical 2077 glitches ;)
-Noticeable improvement in 4k+ timeline scrubbing and rendering while using Premiere Pro with modern camera codecs
-Pretty quiet considering the smaller heatsink and it usually sits in the mid to upper 60's under general load.
Cons: -On the heavy side, I actually installed a 3rd party support arm to keep it from sagging on the long end beacuse I didn't want to risk damaging the reinforced port on the MB
-Wide, make sure you have right case for a proper fit, also, I had to customize the support arm to fit the card properly because of the width.
-Not much boost power but a decent enough base - it's fast, stable, and will probably hold up to anything I throw at it right now, but it's benchmarks are a little dissappointing when compared to the Strix line. Note - I don't know if the lower clocks and boost will actually effect anything in the long run, but the numbers were noticable in my early testing.
-Price and availability - Not the card's fault.
-Not a 3090
Overall Review: Overall I'm very pleased with this card! First and foremost, I didn't buy it for gaming, I bought it for work. My old card was a 1080 ti Strix, and while it was still holding it's own for most editing tasks, it's been showing it's age for a while now, especially with the modern camera codecs and resolutions I work with on a daily basis.
The 3080 ti Tuff by way of comparison feels like a nice a update to everything I was used to with the Strix but slowly lost over time as modern 4k+ workflows started taking over. Now, my rendering time is back to being snappy, I can easily scrub through my timelines without needing to proxy or convert all the 4k+ files... And then there's the little things, like no more stutter starts with the playhead and I can once again layer up mutilple clips with different effects, color passes, and other GPU intensive tasks - without the system freaking out during playback if it's not rendered yet... Bottom line, the quality of life stuff is worth the price for me, but it still sucks that the market is what it is right now. I updated my edit system over a year ago and only now was able to update the GPU. I am glad I ended up having to wait for the ti variant to come out though, these cards have a long half life and great support from Nvidia for hybrid users like me that don't want to commit to the Quadra line, but need solid performance with video editing, motion graphics, and other creative work.
I bought the card from Newegg direct via the Shuffle so your milage may vary, but After hearing and reading the horor stories that are out there, I was pretty hesitant to even start looking again unless I could secure a safe way to make a purchase, and the Shuffle win happened at the just the right time for me so I was all too happy to take it.
The card arrived at my door slighly late due to a delay, but the packaging from Newegg looked great, the product box looked good, all the wrappings were fitted in their proper place, and the card was clean with no visable issues or signs of use - which was a relief. I have no doubt that what I recieved was a fresh from the factory brand new card ready to go - Thank you Newegg!
When I swapped out the old card for the new I noticed the 1080 ti Strix and 3080 ti Tuff are actually pretty close in size if you need a decent comparison. The Tuff is little bit longer and maybe wider, but the size differences are small. I've never had issues with my old Strix card and I'm hopeing for a similar story with the tuff line.
I'm giving it a solid 4 eggs because the Tuff has been a good performer so far, but I've only had it installed for a little over a week and have yet to really push it beyond some basic editing and light gaming. When I first got my Strix in 2016 it was an over performer, I wasn't nessessarily looking for that this time around and the 30series Tuff line has been getting great reviews for good reason... Still, if I could I would swap it out for the Tuff 3090 in an instant - just for those few projects that really push the vram and more future proofing.
Current system spec:
-3950x AIO cooled
-x570 MSI Creation MB
-64gigs of matched cl14 3200 ram overclocked
-Asus 3080 ti Tuff factory settings with studio drivers
-1000watt Seasonic SSR-1000PD (V2)
-18+ TB of various internal connected drives
Pros: Everything in the design spec - more actual features than I have the time to list here... But here are some basics:
-USB for days
-10gig lan port
-Wifi 6 (I already updated my router to take advantage of this)
-Solid build quality/great looking VRM
-The smarter choice for an expansion card option with added m.2 over networking
Basically, if you're in the market for a workstation-grade x570 motherboard (there are not many) that will hold up for several years of hard labor, and you don't care so much about heavy overclocking features outside of build quality (the board should overclock just fine if you can keep the thermals under control), this should be at the top of your list!
Cons: -No Thunderbolt for that extra little something.
-Priced high enough that you should look at your real-life use case - do you use your computer to make money, or are you just having fun? Do you need these ports?
-Lacks some common overclocking features you'd expect at this price point, especially for a Ryzen build.
-And last but not least, the E-ATX size that is proving harder than I'd like to match into a good case at a decent price. Always look into specs before purchasing a case with this board! Even cases that claim to fit E-ATX boards sometimes have limits of around 280mm (looking at you p600s), which is smaller than the 305mm required, and that's not even taking into account the 90-degree pin config - so really you're looking at something that'll fit 13+ inches to give room for the cables.
The reality is this board should be awesome for anyone that needs these kinds of specs! I did actually contact MSI customer service about their thoughts on some good case options since everything these days has to be shipped and I'd like to find something that fits my needs the first time around... But they literally just sent me back a Newegg link where someone looked up E-ATX cases and sent over the first option listed... Not impressed. So, unless you're already tapped into a good like-minded community (mine just asks me repeatedly why I left the Apple platform for professional work) hitting up Youtube or diving into Reddit threads for opinions is about the best I can hope for... And the search continues :/
Overall Review: Just bought this for a new video/audio workstation, very solid build, a heavy board with few compromises! I will update after the new system is built and I've had a little time to put through its paces. But for now, it's sitting on my office floor searching for a decent case that will fit it.