NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1400
  • Max video memory 24 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6X
  • Memory clock speed 19500
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2020
Performance 89.31

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce RTX 3090 sales 24 September 2020 at a recommended price of $1,499. This is a 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

89.31%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

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

Place in performance rating5
Value for money13.76
ArchitectureAmpere (2020−2022)
GPU code nameAmpere GA102
Market segmentDesktop
Release date24 September 2020 (1 year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,499
Price now$1750 (1.2x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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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 cores10496of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1400 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1700 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors28,300 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology8 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)350 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate556.0of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)

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).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Length313 mm
Width3-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 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 typeGDDR6X
Maximum RAM amount24 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width384 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed19500 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth936.2 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
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 Connectors1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API support

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

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.5
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan1.2
CUDA8.5

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.

RTX 3090 89.31
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

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.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

RTX 3090 26536

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RTX 3090 95482

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.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

RTX 3090 57694

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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

RTX 3090 195106

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

RTX 3090 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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

RTX 3090 43404

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

RTX 3090 204921

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.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

RTX 3090 499900

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RTX 3090 138637

GeekBench 5 CUDA

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RTX 3090 238123

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3090 184

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3090 72

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3090 15

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3090 47

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3090 132

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3090 75

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3090 20.6

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RTX 3090 237

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

Benchmark coverage: 1%

RTX 3090 322

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.

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

Full HD175
1440p135
4K98

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 79

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 138
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 113
Battlefield 5 172
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 177
Cyberpunk 2077 110
Far Cry 5 162
Far Cry New Dawn 122
Forza Horizon 4 175
Hitman 3 199
Horizon Zero Dawn 191
Red Dead Redemption 2 172
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 171
Watch Dogs: Legion 129

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 121
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 101
Battlefield 5 158
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 169
Cyberpunk 2077 107
Far Cry 5 153
Far Cry New Dawn 117
Forza Horizon 4 175
Hitman 3 196
Horizon Zero Dawn 167
Metro Exodus 145
Red Dead Redemption 2 132
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 154
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 315
Watch Dogs: Legion 116

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 92
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 90
Battlefield 5 146
Cyberpunk 2077 106
Far Cry 5 141
Far Cry New Dawn 106
Forza Horizon 4 166
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 166
Watch Dogs: Legion 105

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 149
Hitman 3 178
Horizon Zero Dawn 141
Metro Exodus 106
Red Dead Redemption 2 92
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 159

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 82
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 78
Battlefield 5 130
Cyberpunk 2077 86
Far Cry 5 137
Far Cry New Dawn 105
Forza Horizon 4 164
Watch Dogs: Legion 89

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 96
Hitman 3 119
Horizon Zero Dawn 89
Metro Exodus 72
Red Dead Redemption 2 64
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 94
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 138

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 65
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 56
Battlefield 5 113
Cyberpunk 2077 46
Far Cry 5 105
Far Cry New Dawn 96
Forza Horizon 4 147
Watch Dogs: Legion 59

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce RTX 3090 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 3090 from AMD is Radeon RX 6900 XT, which is slower by 3% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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

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Recommended processors

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