The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition is the green team signing another successful graphics architecture, the RTX 30 “Ampere” series. This isn’t our first RTX 3090 Ti review. We tested custom-designed cards from ASUS, MSI, EVGA and ZOTAC on launch day, and each card was factory overclocked, making the series industry-leading for their respective brands at the time. At the time, NVIDIA hadn’t sampled the Founders Edition at all, so everyone was wondering about the performance, thermals, and acoustics. So we went the extra mile and bought one of these $2,000 cards to answer these questions.
A quick look at the RTX 3090 Ti first. This SKU maximizes the “GA102” silicon, the largest based on the “Ampere” architecture. The GA102 was already near the max of the RTX 3090, which has been the fastest amplifier money can buy for over 18 months since the series’ launch in September 2020. The RTX 3090 used 82 of the 84 multiprocessors in streaming (SM) physically present on the silicon, and two extra text messages probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference to the new RTX 3090 Ti. So NVIDIA has given this SKU two improvements in addition to maximizing silicon. First, the company improved memory speeds from 19.5 Gbps (GDDR6X effective) on the RTX 3090 to 21 Gbps. This translates to over 1TB/s of memory bandwidth compared to the RTX 3090’s 940GB/s. 350W for the RTX. 3090 (to reference specifications). This increase in power limits allows the RTX 3090 Ti to maintain a higher GPU clock speed.
The typical 450W graphics power also means it’s no longer possible to build an RTX 3090 Ti graphics card with just two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. NVIDIA even had this problem with the RTX 3090 Founders Edition and opted for the exotic 12-pin Molex microFIT connector. In the past two years, Intel has finalized the ATX 3.0 system specification and introduced the new 16-pin AIC power connector standard that can deliver up to 600W of power from a single connector. NVIDIA is the first to market this connector, and all of its card partners are implementing it in their custom-designed RTX 3090 Ti cards. The Founders Edition map also has one. Unlike the 12-pin connector that is placed perpendicular to the PCB on the RTX 3090, the 16-pin connector is located along its face. An adapter is included that converts three 8-pin PCIe power connectors into one 16-pin connector.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition graphics card is almost identical to the RTX 3090 Founders Edition, except for that 16-pin power connector instead of the 12-pin. We checked and even the cooler design looks identical. NVIDIA noted that some adjustments have been made to the Vapor Chamber. 24GB remains the standard amount of memory for this SKU, as with the RTX 3090. The difference on the Ti is that each memory chip has twice the capacity, so only half is needed, meaning no more memory chips on the back . card side and helps with memory temperatures. The GPU is clocked at 1860 MHz boost, compared to the RTX 3090’s 1700 MHz. The memory runs at 21 Gbps. NVIDIA is pricing the RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition at $1,999, a $500 premium over the RTX 3090’s MSRP.
|RTX 2080||$530||2944||64||1515MHz||1710MHz||1750MHz||TU104||13600M||8GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX 2080 Super||$600||3072||64||1650MHz||1815MHz||1940MHz||TU104||13600M||8GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX-3060Ti||$570||4864||80||1410MHz||1665MHz||1750MHz||GA104||17400M||8GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX 6700 XT||$560||2560||64||2424MHz||2581MHz||2000MHz||Navi 22||17200M||12GB, GDDR6, 192 bit|
|RTX-2080Ti||$780||4352||88||1350MHz||1545MHz||1750MHz||TU102||18600M||11GB, GDDR6, 352 bit|
|RTX-3070||$670||5888||96||1500MHz||1725MHz||1750MHz||GA104||17400M||8GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX-3070Ti||$690||6144||96||1575MHz||1770MHz||1188MHz||GA104||17400M||8GB, GDDR6X, 256 bit|
|RX-6800||$800||3840||96||1815MHz||2105MHz||2000MHz||Navi 21||26800M||16GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RX 6800 XT||$850||4608||128||2015MHz||2250MHz||2000MHz||Navi 21||26800M||16GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX-3080||$980||8704||96||1440MHz||1710MHz||1188MHz||GA102||28000M||10GB, GDDR6X, 320bit|
|RTX-3080Ti||$1200||10240||112||1365MHz||1665MHz||1188MHz||GA102||28000M||12GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit|
|RX 6900 XT||$1050||5120||128||2015MHz||2250MHz||2000MHz||Navi 21||26800M||16GB, GDDR6, 256-bit|
|RTX-3090||$1700||10496||112||1395MHz||1695MHz||1219MHz||GA102||28000M||24GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit|
|RTX-3090Ti||$2000||10752||112||1560MHz||1950MHz||1313MHz||GA102||28000M||24GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit|