The RTX 3090 Ti has finally arrived! It’s been a while since it was teased by Nvidia at CES in January. Ampere’s flagship is slated to launch for $1,999, while the premium models are expected to sell for much more.
The 3090 Ti comes with the GA102 GPU fully enabled with all 10,752 available CUDA cores unlocked. That compares to the base RTX 3080’s 8,704, the 12GB 3080’s 8,960, and the 3090’s 10,496. The Founders Edition comes with a 1,860 MHz boost clock, a huge leap over the 3090’s 1,695 MHz. Packed in 24GB at 21Gbps GDDR6X memory and we’re looking at a monster of a card.
The RTX 3090 is not known for its power savings. The 350W is already a hot-running, power-hungry GPU. The 3090 Ti takes this to a new level. The extra cores and higher clocks require a significant leap. The Founders Edition sports a 450W TDP and we can expect more from custom models, especially the overclocked ones. Many of them come with the new 12VHPWR power connector. Some, like the EVGA Kingpin RTX 3090 Ti, come with two. Because 1200W of power on tap is totally normal, right?
All that heat means RTX 3090 coolers need to be very large or come with liquid cooling. Let’s take a look at some cards from the big names.
Asus has two RTX 3090 Ti models to start with, they are the ROG Strix LC GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. There’s no regular Strix for now, though it’s likely to come in the future.
The ROG Strix LC GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is a hybrid design that combines a blower-style cooler and a 240mm AIO. The TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Ti looks a lot like other premium TUF cards on the market. The TUF cooler is already very big and capable and Asus is obviously comfortable that it can handle the higher TDP 3090 Ti.
Both cards come with the new PCIe 5.0 power connector.
EVGA is releasing a range of 3090 Ti models. This includes three air-cooled FTW variations, plus a hybrid-cooled version, combining a 360 m AIO and a cooler. Then there’s a Hydro Copper model with a pre-installed water block.
The air-cooled cards come with EVGA’s iCX3 cooler, which is effectively a four-slot cooler. Of course there’s also a lot of RGB.
Perhaps the craziest 3090 Ti of all is the Kingpin Hybrid Gaming. While not yet ready for release, it comes with a 360mm AIO, an OLED screen and no less than 1200W of power made possible by not one, but two PCIe 5.0 power connectors.
Gigabyte is releasing an Xtreme WaterForce 3090 Ti. This board comes with a 360mm AIO. This is the only Aorus card for now. We may see an Aorus Xtreme later.
There’s a redesigned cooler for Gigabyte’s Gaming 3090 Ti. It is much larger than the cooler that Gigabyte equips in their smaller Gaming series cards. It looks great too with its big black coverage and what appears to be lack of RGB lighting.
MSI is releasing four 3090 Ti models, well, there are actually two more, made up of Suprim and Gaming, each with an OC version. MSI’s cooler appears to be unchanged from what you’d find on their RTX 3080 cards. They’re big, powerful coolers.
We haven’t seen an MSI Lightning RTX 30 series card. Will we ever see one? A large AIO-cooled 3090 Ti Lightning would attract a lot of interest. Well, those with large account balances anyway.
Zotac is releasing two Amp Extreme Holo 3090 Ti’s. It looks like the coolers are transported from 3080 Ti Holo. It is definitely for RGB lighting lovers.
The IceStorm cooler is huge, taking up four slots and is also long. It comes with a PCIe 5.0 power connector like most other released cards. It includes a 3x 8-pin adapter, which almost all users will need until native ATX 3.0 power supplies become widely available.