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Review: NVIDIA RTX 3090

by cartinger21   ·  5 months ago   ·  
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NVIDIA RTX 3090: TITAN IN DISGUISE

The new Titan is here. The RTX 3090 doesn’t come with a traditional name, but with a price tag of $1500 in US, and around 2,00,000 ₹ in India. This graphic card has 24 GB of GDDR6X memory which is designed for scientists and content creators, who’ll consider buying this graphic card over NVIDIA Quadro, which is way more expensive than RTX 3090. NVIDIA RTX 3090 is pitched at 8K gaming even though the 4K gaming has not been adopted yet, that’s what makes this card so special. There are many features to go through – the unique triple-slot cooler, fully-enabled GA102 GPU inside and Ampere’s efficient architecture, all combined into what NVIDIA promises to be the world’s fastest graphics card. It also comes with the improved Ray tracing and DLSS features which were introduced in 20 series graphics card.

To achieve this kind of performance, NVIDIA has reduced the dye, moving from TSMC’s 12nm process to Samsung’s 8nm chip. If you compare this graphic card with the last generation of 20 series graphic card that is NVIDIA RTX 2080, it comes with 50% more transistor and with a 20% smaller dye. Combine this with the architectural changes like next Gen ray tracing and tensor cores for faster and more efficient GDDR6X memory. Comparing it with NVIDIA RTX 3080, this has more horsepower, but what else do you get with that extra 700$ for RTX 3090?

RTX 3090RTX 30802080 Ti
GPUGA102GA102TU102
CUDA cores1049687044352
VRAM24GB GDDR6X10GB GDDR6X11GB GDDR6
Memory Bus384-bit320-bit352-bit
Bandwidth936GB/s760GB/s616GB/s
Base Clock1395MHz1440MHz1350MHz
Boost Clock1695MHz1710MHz1545MHz
TDP350W320W250W
Die Size628mm2628mm2754mm2
Transistors28B28B18.6B

Part of the extra cash has been charged for the thermal solution. The cooling system on NVIDIA RTX 3080 was already superior with one fan on each side of the card, but NVIDIA RTX 3090 takes that stuff to a whole new level. It boasts a triple slot design which increases its overall weight. This graphic card weighs around 2.2 kilograms and is longer than the Xbox series X so you’ll struggle to fit it into a typical case. So if you’re aiming to get one, just check your allowance carefully.

The RTX 3090 Founders Edition is one amongst two graphics cards to support NVIDIA’s new 12-pin power standard, alongside the RTX 3080 FE. The 12 pin connector looks a bit odd at first glance, but it is cleverly designed to tuck unprecedented amount of power in a very single port. The recommended power supply is well to be above 750W, so keep that in mind before upgrading. Most importantly, just like RTX 3080, RTX 3090 also comes with an HDMI 2.0 port and three display port. The HDMI 2.0 cable is important for high resolution, high refresh rate on TVs and next-Gen console as well. As it allows 4k resolution at 120Hz of refresh rate, it will also allow 8K at 60Hz – something NVIDIA is heavily marketing. The only problem here is that there are not a lot of 8K TV’s in the market and even if you find one, it’s going to cost you a lot.

Let’s talk about gaming for a bit. Here, we will mostly talk about 4K, 8k gaming as this card’s main intent is to run at 4k and 8K.

GAMES1440p4k8k native
Doom eternals371fps204 fps51 fps
Control145 fps74 fps29 fps
GTA 599.3 fps152 fps----
Shadow of tomb raider142 fps84 fps----
Metro exodus102 fps71.7 fps----
Battlefield 5178 fps130 fps----
Assassins creed odyssey82 fps65 fps----

We have used i9 10900k and 16 gigs of RAM.

 

Conclusion

Overall the NVIDIA RTX 3090 is an absolute beast which can run all the modern age games at 4k 60 fps without any problem. Even 8k gaming is possible if you have a monitor or TV. The only problem is that they are very costly and are difficult to find. NVIDIA RTX 3090 offers 15-16 percent of more gaming performance than RTX 3080. A lot of you might be thinking, “Then why does RTX 3090 cost 700$ extra than RTX 3080?”. Well, it has 24 GDD4R6X VRAM which is 14 gigs more than RTX 3080. Most of the games now do not need that much amount of VRAM. Maybe in future we might need it, but now it is not that necessary. The RTX 3090 looks and feels special, its gigantic form factor and swish aesthetic will score points with those who want their PC to look the best and its thermal and particularly acoustic performance to be excellent. But it leaves me with an easy question: “What about the Titan and Ti brand?”


And I wonder: “Is something more powerful ever made by NVIDIA?”

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