Overclocked Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti: Only 14% faster than the Founders RTX 3090. At best

Nvidia released the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, the latest and potentially the last Ampere GPU of this generation. And it’s a monster. Officially. That’s what Nvidia itself is calling the fat-packed GP102 GPU inside this card. We picked up an Asus TUF RTX 3090 Ti OC Edition card over the weekend and put it through the juicer on our test bench for the full review.

But as a little teaser, here are the gaming benchmark results for your edification. So what do you get with your 33% extra outlay going from the GeForce RTX 3090 to the RTX 3090 Ti?

Well, in terms of gaming, all those extra 256 CUDA cores, that higher clock speed, and that brilliant 21Gbps GDDR6X memory you get is another 14% higher gaming framerates. At best.

And we really mean “at best” because this is the overclocked version of Asus’ air-cooled TUF RTX 3090 Ti, and that means that at 4K – where the performance delta is highest – this full GA102 GPU is running at 1990 MHz under load, higher than Nvidia’s Founders Edition card. Compare that to the RTX 3090 we pitted it against; this card reaches 1,766 MHz on average under 4K gaming load.

We still need to get the RTX 3090 Ti through the same professional workloads we did with the original RTX 3090, but we’ll do that before our full review. Partly because we want to see how it compares in general to the RTX 30 OG big boi card, but also because there must be some reason this hyper-expensive card is made.

Nvidia regards this as “elite-level creator performance” and as such is effectively a Titan-class card rather than a GeForce gaming GPU. This means that it is only really possible to understand the RTX 3090 Ti if you are a professional GPU user, not a gamer.

But Nvidia stuck with the GeForce moniker, so we released a few games on it.

4K gaming performance

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Gaming performance at 1440p

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Thermal and energy performance

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And yes, you read that right. Maximum power of 492W. She is thirsty. It’s also clear from the performance metrics per Watt how much returns decrease as you climb to the top of the RTX 30 series product stack.

We’ll have our full review of the RTX 3090 Ti soon, so stay tuned. But for now, just enjoy the gaming performance of the world’s fastest and most powerful graphics chip. And so I think try to find out if you can justify spending $2000 on that kind of frame rate.

I know I can’t.

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