Making Nvidia’s CEO mad – RTX 3090 Review

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

Nvidia's top of the line rtx 30 90. no no there's no time for that we've got to talk about this thing now if you haven't watched our rtx 3080 review here's the background you need rtx 3000 also known as ampere is what nvidia is calling the biggest generational leap in performance in the company's history now if you go back far enough i'ma press x here but he's also not joking these cards unlike the touring based rtx 2000 series

Are smoking fast right out of the gate with our rtx 3080 reaching speeds in the neighborhood of 75 to 100 faster than its predecessor depending on the task that combined with nvidia's super impressive dlss 2.0 upscaling technology means that 4k gaming went from someday to today right now but wait there's even more like this message from our sponsor team group team group's extreme argb ddr4 gaming memory features clock speeds up to 4 000 megahertz and a

Stunning mirror design with rgb check it out on their launch event showing off their three brands and you can run a 3 000 pc at the link below but the 3080 is last week's news in my hands right now is what jensen ceo of nvidia lovingly referred to as the bfgpu and spoiler alert he's right this is an rtx titan for scale heck here's an rod strix oc for scale this thing is easily the largest not to mention heaviest

Conventional graphics card that i have ever seen which means that anyone who buys one needs to also make some additional investments first up you're gonna need a case with a solid gpu mount and enough clearance being both taller and thicker than previous flagships it simply won't fit in most small form factor cases that is unless you hot rod them second you'll need a fat power supply rated at 350 watts of power consumption and

With nvidia's new 12-pin connector the 30-90 could easily push your previous unit to its limits last but not least you're going to need the fastest gaming cpu in the world because quite frankly with anything else you are going to be leaving performance on the table which is something you don't want to do when you're paying 1500 us dollars for a graphics card yes my friends compared to the rtx 3080 the world's first 8k gaming gpu gets you

More than double not to mention faster video memory 20 more cuda tensor and rt cores and even nv link support via a new connector that was presumably shrunk to minimize wasted space on the physically cut down pcb that makes nvidia's new flow-through cooler possible but wait double the video memory why well aside from giving it much better compute capabilities and more importantly the ability to render much more complex 3d scenes in

Software like blender as it turns out gaming at 8k also genuinely demands this much video memory i mean think about it ak is 33 megapixels at 32 bits per pixel that means to display just a single frame 128 megabytes of video memory is needed which doesn't sound so bad but add in textures models screen space effects and of course rtx real time ray tracing i mean come on and you've got yourself many times that ideally 60 times per second or more

Wolfenstein youngblood clocked in at over 11 gigs of memory usage at 8k sounds fun but at the end of the day it all boils down to performance doesn't it so by request we built up a core i9 10 900k test bench to minimize our cpu bottlenecks and dug out our rtx 3080 along with a 2080 ti and titan rtx for comparison starting off with minecraft rtx we're seeing about a 22 average frame rate improvement over the rtx 3080 and a whopping

51 to 60 over the titan rtx both with the lss on and off not bad wolfenstein youngblood meanwhile gives us a much more modest performance improvement over the 3080 at around 15 percent but while still pulling off a respectable 50 improvement over the titan rtx a card that costs a thousand dollars more so there you have it guys buy yourself an rtx 3090 and a water bottle with all that money you saved am i right lttstore.com cs go and microsoft flight simulator

Tell a very similar story in 4k but interestingly the gap narrows significantly for flight simulator at 1440p because of cpu bottlenecks that's right despite the op cpu and ultra graphic settings finally the parallel n64 emulator which does most of the graphics and sound emulation on the gpu rather than the cpu and recently added upscaling support shows us that the extra oomph brings us up to 99th percentile frame times

Near fps that eight times upscale by the way works out to more pixels than 5k emulated but then there's the elephant in the room 8k gaming as tom's hardware reported nvidia's demos only showed 8k aaa gaming with dlss 2.0 in what they're calling ultra performance mode now before dlss 2.0 offered performance and quality scaling options with performance rendering at 1080p like the lss 1.0 and quality rendering at 1440p before upscaling usually to 4k now

Ultra performance still uses 1440p but instead of performing a reasonable scaling jump up to 4k it's trying to take that data and go all the way up to 8k i mean that's a lot of guesses to make in terms of what are those smeary pixels so does it look any good well on a 4k display there's little point in using it since the only real effect is similar to anti-aliasing which can be had with less performance penalty in other ways but if you are one of the privileged few

With an 8k display today here are some shots of what you can expect to see from 4k native versus 8k dlss ultra performance versus 8k native you can see clearly that 8k dlss ultra performance delivers significantly more detail than 4k does even if it isn't quite up to 8k native standards i mean check out the text and distant details in this shop for example ak dlss ends up much closer to 8k native here even if it's still not perfect and the

Same deal with these grates on the floor in this shot they're almost completely wiped out in 4k but dlss restores that now performance is roughly 25 less than 4k but that still puts us above the magic 60fps mark on average which is pretty sweet if you shelled out for one of those new 8k tvs with hdmi 2.1 even better is that not every game even aaa games necessarily needs to use dlss we ran do maternal

At native ak with very high detail settings for what was honestly the most mind-bending experience i've had with this gpu so far and we barely saw dips below 60 fps also impressive during that session with the 88-inch tv was hdr gameplay recording with shadowplay now we had wanted to include a big section about performance and image quality but the story is sort of already in the footage that you're looking at

It just worked the performance hit was reasonable and it looks as good as you could expect given the 100 megabit per second bit rate at such a massive resolution our entire 8k gaming experience video yesterday was shot with it running in the background without any hiccups whatsoever great job productivity though is where the rtx 3090 both gets to stretch its legs and also get a little bit dicey going up against the titan and blender we saw anywhere

From a 50 improvement with the cpu optimized gooseberry render all the way up past 100 more performance in the pavilion barcelona optics render yes my friends gooseberry a benchmark designed for cpus can run on all of these cards thanks to their ridiculous amounts of vram other rendering benchmarks like v-ray redshift and octane bench all provide similar numbers across the board with the rtx 3090 hovering around the 15 to 20 mark over the 30 80

And 50 to 80 percent over the titan then there's spec view perf where we can see that the rtx 3090 is sorry wait what no no go back to that katia ran over 40 faster on the titan how does that make sense okay so as it turns out this card while it has more raw hutzpah than the titan rtx and was introduced as if it were a titan-ish it isn't a tight when we spoke to nvidia they explained that there are driver optimizations for the titan that have not been enabled for the rtx 3090 and presumably won't and they confirmed

That these results are 100 expected behavior which kind of sucks because if this thing is mostly just a giant overgrown 3080 ti at 1500 what's the ampere titan gonna cost three grand anyway back to spec vue perf we did get several wins for both the rtx 3090 and the titan rtx depending on the workload with siemens nx not even being in the same area code let alone ballpark that's kind of rough for professionals who are looking to juice up their

Workstation for cad work by day and gaming at 8k by night which do they choose and there's more bad news remember that bit about needing a new power supply well our test bench sure did even a high quality 850 watt couldn't keep up with our rtx 3090 routinely breaking 375 watts with nvidia's pcap power meter connected throughout our testing with a peak power draw of over 450 watts the titan rtx meanwhile barely broke 300 watts

The whole time thankfully the cooler as with the rtx 3080 was well up to the task and it didn't even break a sweat through spec view perf with thermals never pushing past 70 degrees also core clocks were ridiculously stable at around 2 gigahertz under load so i guess all that weight and metal is doing its job and then some nvidia was clearly really concerned with thermals this time around and they just did a great job there's no other way of putting it and hopefully that means some overclocking headroom as well

Early reports on the rtx 3080 seem to suggest that the gddr 6x memory is pretty easily bumped up but we've also seen reports that nvidia went for lower speed ram due to thermal limitations so as always stress test your overclocks with a prolonged load before considering them tournament ready and speaking of overclocking we have a video coming where we look at the differences between aftermarket gpus so make sure you get subscribed so you don't miss it

For now these results leave me i mean there's no real word for it other than conflicted about the rtx 3090. on the one hand it's a beast of a graphics card but on the other hand it's clear that nvidia is holding it back so they don't eat into their titan or quadro lineups kind of like how intel runs things with xeon it runs really cool with a fan that's not nearly as loud as the rtx 2000 series but it guzzles power and i can't help

Feeling like a doofus for buying it for workstation or cad use knowing that there could be a titan coming down the line that puts the 3090 squarely in prosumer slash enthusiast territory so like super high-end gamers content creators and especially 3d modelers are gonna love it which isn't a bad thing it's just a niche thing and i can't help but feel that nvidia could have done more to make the 3090 shine do you think that's fair anthony do you think that's fair

Yeah how about you jensen i know you watch our videos and i also know that you don't like it when you think i'm not being fair which is kind of funny to me because i get to sit here imagining a man who casually buys 40 billion dollar companies and changes computing as we know it who still gets butt hurt when some nobody youtuber doesn't like his gaming widget enough but on the other hand you know what jensen i actually really like that about you

It's that kind of passion that makes nvidia so great so i've resolved to keep making you mad because evidently when you got mad that i didn't like your rtx 2080 ti we got the 30 80. so i might go even harder on you guys just to see how far you can push pc gaming no i'm just kidding jensen sort of since i have your attention please unlock the titan driver paths and sri ov at least for the rtx 3090 this is a niche enthusiast card and it should really

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