World’s most powerful and costly GPU Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti

World’s most powerful and costly GPU Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti

World's most powerful GPU Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti
Nvidia’s Founders Edition RTX 3090 Ti / Image: Nvidia

Nvidia is releasing it’s $1,999 GeForce RTX 3090 Ti GPU. Following a rumored delay in January, the “world’s fastest graphics card” will be available for purchase from Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galax, Gigabyte, INNO3D, MSI, Palit and PNY today. A limited-edition Founders Edition motherboard has also been produced by Nvidia for sale through Best Buy online.

The RTX 3090 Ti is a triple-slot card with the same familiar design as its predecessor, the RTX 3090. Both cards appear identical at first look, with Nvidia optimizing what its current 8nm GA102 chip is capable of inside the RTX 3090 Ti with 24GB of GDDR6X running at 21GB/s. The RTX 3090 has the same VRAM as the RTX 3090 but it has a nearly 7.7 percent faster memory clock. This means that it has a total memory bandwidth of 1008GB/s.

The RTX 3090 Ti will reportedly have 40 teraflops of GPU power, with a base clock of 1560MHz and a boost clock of 1860MHz. That’s higher than the 36 teraflops on the RTX 3090, which had a base speed of 1395MHz and an increase to 1695MHz. The RTX 3090 TI also has 10,752 CUDA cores, 78 RT-TFLOPs, and 320 Tensor-TFLOP

GPU Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti
Switched to a 16-pin power connector on the RTX 3090 TI / Image: Nvidia

In terms of gaming performance, the RTX 3090 Ti will be about 64 percent faster than the RTX 2080 Ti and 9 percent quicker than the RTX 3090. While Nvidia heavily promoted the RTX 3090 at 8K gaming during its introduction, the company is really focusing on the RTX 3090 Ti for professionals and anybody else who needs a powerful GPU for gaming or other creative work.

The RTX 3090 Ti is a workstation graphics card that’s ideal for large apps like Blender, Maya, or Cinema4D, as well as research systems for data scientists who require big data sets. Developers and CG animators using huge collections of data might benefit from the RTX 3090 Ti on certain projects.

The biggest challenges will be cost and power requirements. The RTX 3090 Ti begins at $1,999, implying we’ll see a lot of partner boards well beyond the $2,000 mark. Despite the fact that RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 cards trade for similar pricing throughout 2021, the GeForce “gaming” card has never before been priced at almost $2,000 retail.

Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti
Pricing will vary by company / Image: Nvidia

The RTX 3090 Ti will also need a lot of power. A power supply with at least 850 watts capacity is required since the card consumes as much as 450 watts (with some boards likely to exceed that). That’s up from the RTX 3090’s 350-watt draw and the 750-watt power supply requirement. Nvidia has also abandoned its 12-pin connector in favor of a 16-pin PCIe Gen5 power cable. Most power supplies do not include the native cables for this, so Nvidia is including a dongle.

The RTX 3090 Ti’s pricing is a bit too high for many, particularly gamers who will be paying a 30% premium over the RTX 3090 with only a nine percent performance increase. Still, if you want to claim ownership of the “world’s fastest graphics card,” Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is now available for $1,999.

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