Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition: It works hard, it plays hard

    Nvidia says its monstrous $1,500 GeForce RTX 3090 delivers “the ultimate gaming experience.” That’s very true. You may even sport at 8K—not 4K, 8K—with some titles on this so-called “BFGPU.”

    You in all probability shouldn’t purchase it if all you do is sport, although. Unless you’re a deep-pocketed fanatic who doesn’t thoughts spending lavishly for the best possible efficiency potential, the staggeringly powerful $700 GeForce RTX 3080 presents a lot better bang-for-buck for pure players. Nvidia really calls the RTX 3080 its flagship gaming GPU, regardless that the RTX 3090 presents extra uncooked horsepower.

    But when you’re knowledgeable who might save actual cash by creating movies or churning by GPU-intensive duties at a massively sooner clip, the GeForce RTX 3090 actually shines—particularly when you can benefit from its huge 24GB reminiscence capability. Nvidia additionally says this card delivers “Titan-class performance,” and that is no exaggeration. The GeForce RTX 3090 will completely soften your face (and your render occasions) in lots of content material creation duties, toppling each the last-gen RTX Titan in addition to AMD’s creator-beloved Radeon VII. Oh, and at $1,500, the GeForce RTX 3090 prices a full $1,000 much less than the RTX Titan it replaces in all however identify.

    If you want the final word graphics card for each work and play, Nvidia’s BFGPU tramples the competitors. Let’s dig into Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition.

    Editor’s word: This complete assessment of the GeForce RTX 3090 goes longer than most because it’s good for rather more than simply 4K gaming—we dive into 8K benchmarks and prosumer duties, too. Check out Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 tested: 5 key things you need to know for high-level takeaways of this in-depth data. And you possibly can use this desk of contents to hop between the varied sections of this assessment.

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    Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 specs and options

    Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 is constructed utilizing the identical next-gen “Ampere” GA102 graphics processor because the GeForce RTX 3080, but it surely’s filled with extra of every thing—extra CUDA cores, extra RT and tensor cores, extra SMs, extra reminiscence, an even bigger reminiscence bus, you identify it. Check out our RTX 3080 review for a deeper have a look at Ampere’s most important architectural modifications, as we received’t be rehashing these GPU-level technical particulars right here. You may discover extra data about how the brand new RTX 30-series GPUs stacks up towards the earlier technology in our GeForce RTX 30-series vs. RTX 20-series spec comparison

    Here’s a high-level have a look at the GeForce RTX 3090’s insides:

    • CUDA cores: 10,496
    • Boost clock: 1.7GHz
    • Memory: 24GB GDDR6X
    • Memory bus: 384-bit
    • Memory bandwidth: 936 GBps
    • RT cores: 82 (2nd-gen)
    • Tensor cores: 328 (Third-gen)
    • NVLink SLI: Yes
    • PCIe: Gen 4
    • HDMI: 2.1
    • HDCP: 2.3
    • Display connectors: 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4
    • Length: 12.3 inches
    • Width: 5.4 inches
    • Height: 3-slot
    • Maximum GPU temp: 93
    • Graphics card energy: 350W
    • Recommended energy provide: 750W
    • Power connectors: 2x 8-pin (with equipped 12-pin adapter)

    By comparability, the RTX 3080 packs 68 SMs and 8,704 CUDA cores. That offers the GeForce RTX 3090 a 20-percent benefit in uncooked specs, although it’s value noting that it’s not 20 % sooner in each workload. The GeForce RTX 3080 presents roughly 85 to 90 % of the RTX 3090’s 4K gaming efficiency at below half the fee, as you’ll see in our benchmarks later.

    The upgraded RT and tensor cores in Ampere GPUs assist with enjoying ray traced video games at 1440p and 4K decision, assuaging a priority with the RTX 20-series. But Nvidia’s new-look cores could make an much more tangible distinction for creators. Several inventive purposes now help Nvidia’s OptiX expertise, which lets them faucet into the specialised capabilities of RT and tensor cores to hurry up duties. In addition to the uncooked denoising and ray tracing pace boosts in rendering duties, the 2nd-gen RT cores contained in the RTX 3090 now help {hardware} acceleration for ray-traced movement blur, and purposes can now help Nvidia’s DLSS expertise to hurry up their real-time visualizations. The D5 Render software for architects already helps DLSS. 

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