Since the launch of the RTX 30 Series, one of the things that have stood out is their increased power requirements. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 already has a 320-watt TDP along with a recommended 750-watt power supply. Reviews are also showing that when overclocked, it can easily consume up to 550 watts. So what does that say about the upcoming GeForce RTX 3090? From extra CUDA, RT, and Tensor Cores, along with increased memory, that’s a perfect recipe for increased consumption. They have a 350-watt TDP, but even if you factor in recent rumors of it only having 10-23 percent performance gains, it becomes clear the TDP could be rated higher for custom models. Well, at least one has already been spotted.
EMTEK RTX 3090 Turbo Jet— VideoCardz.com (@VideoCardz) September 17, 2020
Maximum power consumption: 410W 🔥 pic.twitter.com/cQH32ic1b9
Meet the EMTEK GeForce RTX 3090 Xenon Turbo Jet OC. EMTEK is not a name overly known here in the US because the Korean company mainly caters to Southeast Asia. This particular offering was actually spotted by VideoCardz. Those with an aversion to RGB or have medical conditions triggered by sensory overload may want to steer clear of this one. However, the more interesting detail about this unique GeForce RTX 3090 is its 410-watt TDP. This could be the first card to feature an increased power requirement. They’ve also upped the recommended PSU rating from 750 watts to 850 watts along with increasing the boost clock to 1,785 MHz. It too is joining the 3 x 8-pin adapter club. That’s not really a surprise, since these cards could potentially consume over 600 watts when overclocked. Igor Wallossek theorized on this months back, and it seems he may have been correct.
Rise of the 3x 8-Pin Variants
Since Turing, this is becoming an ever-increasingly new normal. We’ve seen it with ASUS, MSI, and now EMTEK. There are probably others waiting in the wings. The other thing that is likely to happen will be higher-TDP cards, such as this one from EMTEK. MSI already featured a custom BIOS on its GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs last time around, upping their TDP. It wouldn’t be surprising to see something similar from ASUS, since it too often uses custom PCB designs. Those wanting the most of their high-end GPUs may need to get used to this new reality.