NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce RTX 3090 sales 24 September 2020 at a recommended price of $1,499. This is high-end Ampere architecture desktop card based on 8 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 24 GB of GDDR6X memory clocked at 19.5 GHz are supplied, and together with 384 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 936.2 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is triple-slot card attached via PCIe 4.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 313 mm. 1x 12-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 350 Watt.

It provides outstanding gaming and benchmark performance at 97.82 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce RTX 3090's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.06
 
Architecture
Ampere
 
GPU code name
Ampere GA102
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Launch date
24 September 2020 (less than a year ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,499
 
Price now
$3478 (2.3x MSRP)
 

Technical specs

GeForce RTX 3090's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce RTX 3090's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
10496
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
1400 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1700 MHz
 
Number of transistors
28,300 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
8 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
350 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
556.0
 

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 3090's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Interface
PCIe 4.0 x16
 
Length
313 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 12-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce RTX 3090: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR6X
 
Maximum RAM amount
24 GB
 
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
19500 MHz
 
Memory bandwidth
936.2 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 3090. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
HDMI
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 3090, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
12 Ultimate (12_2)
 
Shader Model
6.5
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
OpenCL
2.0
 
Vulkan
1.2
 
CUDA
8.5
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce RTX 3090. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

97.82

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

195106

3DMark Fire Strike Score

32578

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

43404

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

56689

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

95482

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

499900

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

72

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

15

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

237

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01

47

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

184

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

20.6

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

75

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

132

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

322

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

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Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 3090 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

1080p
 
170
 
1440p
 
136
 
4K
 
101
 

AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce RTX 3090's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX 6900 XT, which is faster by 2% and higher by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce RTX 3090:

Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

User rating

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