GeForce RTX 3090 for 1500 euros 15% faster than RTX 3080

The GeForce RTX 3090 is Nvidia’s new spearhead in gamer graphics cards and is to be sold immediately. The reference model, called by Nvidia Founders Edition, is available from 1500 euros. Graphics card manufacturers’ own creations from A for Asus to Z for Zotac cover a wider range, for example through overclocking or more complex cooling. At today’s market launch, there are no cheaper versions available. However, the 3090 cards from Nvidia partners are all ready and are in the starting blocks, so that no one who does not want it is looking for Founders Editions available Nvidia’s webshop have to wait. In view of the catastrophic availability of the RTX 3080, even the manufacturer warns that the RTX 3090 will only be available for launch a limited number available. Like the Founders Edition, almost every design relies on very long coolers that occupy more than two slots in width. The Founders Edition uses a very compact board design, so that a large part of the area and volume is available for the cooler. Asus has the comparatively cheap TUF Gaming and the ROG Strix, which is very expensive at around 1800 euros. Gainward, for example, has the RTX 3090 Phoenix GS. Gigabyte Eagle OC is one of the cheaper models with a price of around 1500 euros, and Inno3D’s Gaming X3 is still within 100 euros surcharge compared to the Founders Edition.
RTX 3090: Compact board under a large cooler

(Image: Nvidia)
For a surcharge of around 700 euros to the GeForce RTX 3080, which is still virtually unavailable, the 3090 offers a much more powerful memory configuration, which with 24 GB corresponds to that of the Titan RTX of the Turing generation, which costs over 2700 euros. This is said to be particularly advantageous for tasks outside of games, i.e. when editing high-resolution video material or when rendering complex models in 3D. Nvidia names Autodesk Arnold, Blender, V-Ray, Cinema 4D or Redshift as examples in which the RTX 3090 should work significantly faster than the Titan RTX. But even those who want to play in 8K resolution will at least not be embarrassed with the amount of memory. Rather with the available raw performance, because the 8K game performance shown in advance in sponsored YouTube videos was mainly determined with deep learning super-sampling – the game is calculated in a lower resolution and with the help of the tensor cores and a fully trained neuronal Network scaled up to target resolution. In the meantime, this has also been achieved in fairly good quality. In real 8K, very demanding games such as Control or Wolfenstein Youngblood no longer run smoothly at the highest settings, but e-sports titles or MMORPGs such as World of Tank, Rocket League or World of Warcraft do – according to Nvidia. The computing power of the RTX 3090 is 20 percent higher on paper than the RTX 3080, in games up to and including 4K resolution, the RTX 3090 itself only has a small advantage over the much cheaper RTX 3080: 10 to 15 percent, according to Nvidia the manufacturer from house number on his website. This means that the lead is still below the 20 percent higher computing power on paper. The obvious reason: Both new RTX models are reaching the limits of their power consumption and there the RTX 3090 with 350 watts does not even have 10 percent more reserve than the RTX 3080 with 320 watts.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 in comparison
GeForce RTX 3090 FE GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB FE GeForce RTX 3070 FE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE
GPU Ampere (GA102) Ampere (GA102) Ampere (GA104) Turing (TU102)
Graphics Processing Cluster (GPC) 7th 6th 6th 6th
Shader cores 10496 8704 5888 4352
GPU / Turbo clock 1400/1695 MHz 1440/1710 MHz 1500/1725 MHz 1350/1635 MHz
theoretical computing power FP32 35.6 TFlops 29.8 T flops 20.3 T flops 14.2 T flops
Graphics memory 24 GB GDDR6X 10 GB GDDR6X 8 GB GDDR6 11 GB GDDR6
Memory transfer rate 936 GB / s 760 GB / s 448 GB / s 616 GB / s
Raster output stages 112 96 96 96
Ray tracing / tensor cores 82/328 68/272 46/184 68/544
Power consumption (Total Graphics Power) 350 watts 320 watts 220 watts 260 watts
Power connections 1 × 12-pin (adapter to 2 × 8-pin) 1 × 12-pin (adapter to 2 × 8-pin) 1 × 8-pin 2 × 8-pin
System interface PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Multi-GPU NVLink (max. 2 cards) Unsupported Unsupported NVLink (2 cards)
price 1499 euros (RRP) 699 euros (RRP) 499 euros (RRP) approx. 1050 euros
According to our price comparison, some GeForce RTX 3090 models are already listed at launch. As with the GeForce RTX 3080, however, the stocks available at the start are sold out just a few minutes later and potential buyers still have to be patient. You can read a review of the GeForce RTX 3090 in one of the upcoming issues of c’t. (csp)
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