The GeForce Nvidia RTX 3090 Founders Edition now claims the top spot on our GPU benchmarks hierarchy, though where it lands on the best graphics cards is a more difficult question to answer. While the GeForce RTX 3080 kept with the existing pricing structure of the RTX 20-series, replacing the RTX 2080 Super at the $699 price point, the RTX 3090 sees the RTX 2080 Ti’s $1200 launch price and raises it another $300. There’s an alternative viewpoint, however: The GeForce RTX 3090 is also a replacement for the $2,500 Titan RTX, in which case it’s a faster card that costs $1,000 less. Either way, you’re going to need some deep pockets if you want to own Nvidia’s new halo card.
The short summary of the GeForce Nvidia RTX 3090 is much as you’d expect. It’s theoretically about 20% faster than the RTX 3080 based on specs alone, with over twice the memory. The extra VRAM doesn’t really matter much for most games unless you’re running at 8K (maybe 5K), but it can prove useful for some professional workloads. The Nvidia RTX 3090 also requires a beefy CPU to get the most out of the card (we’ll be running some additional tests in the coming days to show that, but you can get some idea of what to expect from our RTX 3080 CPU scaling article). This is very much a GPU designed for 4K ultra gaming, and at those settings, it’s 12% faster than the 3080 on average in our existing test suite, and 14% faster in our bonus test suite. Drop down to 1440p ultra, and the 3090 is only 8% faster than the 3080. If you’re running at 1080p? Don’t bother, seriously.