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NVIDIA has confirmed that its “big ferocious GPU” (BFGPU), the GeForce RTX 3090, is around 10 to 15 percent faster than the GeForce RTX 3080 for 4K gaming. The claim was made in a new article celebrating tomorrow’s launch, which you can check out here.

NVIDIA has also shared new benchmarks that pitch the GeForce RTX 3090 against the Turing generation’s halo product, the TITAN RTX. The BFGPU appears to provide a nice boost in rendering performance over its predecessor.

“For gamers pushing the limits, the GeForce RTX 3090 is also the first GPU that lets you connect, play, capture, and watch in 8K HDR,” NVIDIA wrote. “That’s an insane 4x the pixels of 4K and 16x the pixels of 1080p.”

“For 4K gaming, the GeForce RTX 3090 is about 10-15% faster on average than the GeForce RTX 3080, and up to 50% faster than the TITAN RTX.”

The GeForce RTX 3090 will be available starting tomorrow for $1,499. This is a monster GPU that boasts 10496 CUDA Cores, 24 GB of GDDR6X memory on a 384-bit interface, and a boost clock of 1.7 GHz (1.4 GHz base). Graphics card power is 350 watts.

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  1. ” Since we built GeForce RTX 3090 for a unique group of users, like the TITAN RTX before it, we want to apologize upfront that this will be in limited supply on launch day. We know this is frustrating, and we’re working with our partners to increase the supply in the weeks to come. ”

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  2. [QUOTE=”SeymourGore, post: 18914, member: 158″]
    I heard Dan_D’s been camping outside MC since Sunday in an attempt to get a couple 3090s at launch.
    [/QUOTE]
    Scalpers hired people to stand outside Micro Center stores since Tuesday. Stores are saying they only have 1-3 on hand. The store in Virginia already has 50 people waiting outside.

  3. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 18917, member: 180″]
    Scalpers hired people to stand outside Micro Center stores since Tuesday. Stores are saying they only have 1-3 on hand. The store in Virginia already has 50 people waiting outside.
    [/QUOTE]

    Jesus that is ridiculous.

    If this is true demand for personal use, that is fine, but anyone trying to make a profit on a product launch (apart from the company launching the product and the retailer) ought to be whacked over the head with a shovel.

  4. I still kind of want a 3090, but at 10-15% advantage only at that price, it is starting to sound like it is tough to justify.

    Maybe if it is an amazing overclocker under water?

  5. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 18921, member: 203″]
    Jesus that is ridiculous.

    If this is true demand for personal use, that is fine, but anyone trying to make a profit on a product launch (apart from the company launching the product and the retailer) ought to be whacked over the head with a shovel.
    [/QUOTE]

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  6. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 18923, member: 203″]
    I still kind of want a 3090, but at 10-15% advantage only at that price, it is starting to sound like it is tough to justify.

    Maybe if it is an amazing overclocker under water?
    [/QUOTE]

    I’m leaning a bit more towards the 3090 mainly because of longevity?

    I actually started out just thinking I’ll replace my 2070 with a 3070, but that went sideways in a hurry it seems…

  7. [QUOTE=”Auer, post: 18925, member: 225″]
    I’m leaning a bit more towards the 3090 mainly because of longevity?

    I actually started out just thinking I’ll replace my 2070 with a 3070, but that went sideways in a hurry it seems…
    [/QUOTE]
    Due to supply issue, I’m in a “wait and see” camp. The 10%-15% isn’t that much considering the price difference vs 3080 (assuming the leaked benchmarks are in any way accurate, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough).

    On the other hand, at this point, I’m willing to pick up whatever becomes available without having to pitch a tent in front of MC a week in advance.

  8. [QUOTE=”Auer, post: 18925, member: 225″]
    I’m leaning a bit more towards the 3090 mainly because of longevity?

    I actually started out just thinking I’ll replace my 2070 with a 3070, but that went sideways in a hurry it seems…
    [/QUOTE]

    I’m interested in the 3090 because I run 4k, and there are some current titles that won’t even hit 60fps at 4k Ultra on the 3080.

  9. [QUOTE=”SeymourGore, post: 18914, member: 158″]
    I heard Dan_D’s been camping outside MC since Sunday in an attempt to get a couple of 3090s at launch.
    [/QUOTE]
    If I had an MC, and though there was a chance in you-know-what, I would. All we got is BB and that’s a no go.

  10. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 18928, member: 203″]
    I’m interested in the 3090 because I run 4k, and there are some current titles that won’t even hit 60fps at 4k Ultra on the 3080.
    [/QUOTE]
    I decided I’m going to commit to one after all as well. I was waffling a bit after the 3080 20 GB leaks but now I’m over it. Bottom line is that in the next 12 months there’s probably going to be revisions to both and to me it’s not worth waiting, again, going through this drama, again, just for whatever few percent they add later. Already made up my mind on a Strix OC edition. All in or nothing.

  11. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 18928, member: 203″]
    I’m interested in the 3090 because I run 4k, and there are some current titles that won’t even hit 60fps at 4k Ultra on the 3080.
    [/QUOTE]
    I hear ya, I have played a lot in 4K too, even with my lowly 2070. Worked great for some titles, less with others. DLSS is a big deal.

    My PC is a workstation I use for photo editing, so got some 32″ LG 4K60hz monitors but with a 3090 I would most likely replace one with a 144hz model of some kind. Gonna have to wait for 32″ to get there tho, I can’t with 27″ 4K…

  12. [QUOTE=”Auer, post: 18938, member: 225″]
    I can’t with 27″ 4K…
    [/QUOTE]
    It was great for years but after my first 31.5 LG 4K I quickly found myself wanting more.

  13. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 18940, member: 87″]
    It was great for years but after my first 31.5 LG 4K I quickly found myself wanting more.
    [/QUOTE]
    I’m Gen X, finally fading eyesight so working in 27″ 4K is just no fun. 32″ at 125% is just right.
    But if the monitor wasnt used for anything but games and movies etc, 27″ is probably brilliant.

  14. [QUOTE=”Auer, post: 18941, member: 225″]
    I’m Gen X, finally fading eyesight so working in 27″ 4K is just no fun. 32″ at 125% is just right.
    But if the monitor wasnt used for anything but games and movies etc, 27″ is probably brilliant.
    [/QUOTE]

    I haven’t lost any of my vision yet, but I just don’t see much point in going much beyond 100dpi, which is why I think 43″ 4k is the perfect screen size/resolution combination.

  15. [QUOTE=”Auer, post: 18938, member: 225″]
    I hear ya, I have played a lot in 4K too, even with my lowly 2070. Worked great for some titles, less with others. DLSS is a big deal.

    My PC is a workstation I use for photo editing, so got some 32″ LG 4K60hz monitors but with a 3090 I would most likely replace one with a 144hz model of some kind. Gonna have to wait for 32″ to get there tho, I can’t with 27″ 4K…
    [/QUOTE]
    Same here. It’s going to be a while before we get fast monitors for photography 🙁 I too have the 32″ LG 4K60hz monitor, and I’m having trouble finding anything faster with an adequate panel to satisfy my eyes. I suppose I could buy a second monitor for gaming, but It would disrupt my OCD with 2 different monitors, lol.

  16. I’m still holding out for a 3080. 3090 is out of my price range but even if it weren’t I still don’t think it would be worth it for just 10% gains. 3080 is technically overkill for my 1080p @ 240Hz system but I think it’s the best balance of expensive, not budget busting and somewhat future proofing.

  17. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 18942, member: 203″]
    I haven’t lost any of my vision yet, but I just don’t see much point in going much beyond 100dpi, which is why I think 43″ 4k is the perfect screen size/resolution combination.
    [/QUOTE]
    Main reason is scaling.

    I used to think that 1080p on 24″ was about as good as a reference as one could get for desktop use, just scale up or down, but honestly I can see the value in doubling that just for desktop / UI detail, and games of course where they can handle it. Text and UI aliasing is actually pretty obvious these days. May just be me.

    Of course that means that 27″ at 5k, 32″ at… 6k?, and say ~40″ at 8k would be alright too.

    The big problem with scaling of course, is that it needs great software support from UIs to game engines (and UIs in game engines), and also needs high-bandwidth video transmission support. Which is why I’m not in a hurry to get there myself!

    [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 18940, member: 87″]
    It was great for years but after my first 31.5 LG 4K I quickly found myself wanting more.
    [/QUOTE]
    I have a 32″ 4k from Acer on my desk; it’s not bad, except that without scaling everything is too small, and it’s just not high enough resolution for scaling to work really well.

    Also, Microsoft, who is doing the best when it comes to display scaling between different display sizes, still hasn’t figured out how to make a scaled display the same size as an unscaled display when it comes to desktop spacing for stuff like moving the cursor between monitors.

    This is a problem I see with a 1440p 32″ monitor right next to the 4k one; while scaling is sharper, I wind up just setting the 4k monitor to 1440p to keep things consistent.

  18. [QUOTE=”LazyGamer, post: 18948, member: 1367″]
    Main reason is scaling.

    I used to think that 1080p on 24″ was about as good as a reference as one could get for desktop use, just scale up or down, but honestly I can see the value in doubling that just for desktop / UI detail, and games of course where they can handle it. Text and UI aliasing is actually pretty obvious these days. May just be me.

    Of course that means that 27″ at 5k, 32″ at… 6k?, and say ~40″ at 8k would be alright too.

    The big problem with scaling of course, is that it needs great software support from UIs to game engines (and UIs in game engines), and also needs high-bandwidth video transmission support. Which is why I’m not in a hurry to get there myself!

    I have a 32″ 4k from Acer on my desk; it’s not bad, except that without scaling everything is too small, and it’s just not high enough resolution for scaling to work really well.

    Also, Microsoft, who is doing the best when it comes to display scaling between different display sizes, still hasn’t figured out how to make a scaled display the same size as an unscaled display when it comes to desktop spacing for stuff like moving the cursor between monitors.

    This is a problem I see with a 1440p 32″ monitor right next to the 4k one; while scaling is sharper, I wind up just setting the 4k monitor to 1440p to keep things consistent.
    [/QUOTE]
    Yep scaling can be all over the map and I agree that at 4K Windows still has issues. Even on my 49″ 32:9 5120×1440 display it looks great but go to any 4K display in the house and I end up tweaking something.

  19. [QUOTE=”SeymourGore, post: 18914, member: 158″]
    I heard Dan_D’s been camping outside MC since Sunday in an attempt to get a couple 3090s at launch.
    [/QUOTE]

    Had one of my AC units on my house not needed to be replaced this past month, I would be.

  20. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 18955, member: 6″]
    Had one of my AC units on my house not needed to be replaced this past month, I would be.
    [/QUOTE]
    I know what that’s like. Happened to me about five years to the day with our main unit that’s on the roof. Where I live it goes into the 90’s into October so we pretty much had to, for us and our pets. Wiped out most of our savings to replace.

  21. Well, I’m going to give it a low key try at noon on the Nvidia store.

    I fully expect to get nothing, but I figured I should at least try.

    I was never going to go to the extreme of camping out or waiting in line outside a store.

  22. I tried to snag one online this morning from all the major retailers. They went out ot stock before I could complete the checkout. In the case of NVIDIA’s site, the checkout process hung and never completed.

  23. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 18970, member: 6″]
    I tried to snag one online this morning from all the major retailers. They went out ot stock before I could complete the checkout. In the case of NVIDIA’s site, the checkout process hung and never completed.
    [/QUOTE]
    Them invincible bots.

  24. And everything is sold out once again. Man this is just ridiculous. This one however I’m sure was a lot easier to sell out cause I doubt they had many at all in stock since $1500 GPU’s don’t usually sell that well.

    I do wonder when this crap will be over and we can actually buy a new video card without a hassle?

  25. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 18921, member: 203″]
    Jesus that is ridiculous.

    If this is true demand for personal use, that is fine, but anyone trying to make a profit on a product launch (apart from the company launching the product and the retailer) ought to be whacked over the head with a shovel.
    [/QUOTE]
    If there was justice in the world they’d end up stuck with a bunch of cards that they have to sell bellow MSRP 3 months from now. But there is always THAT guy, who has more money than brainz.

  26. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 18970, member: 6″]
    I tried to snag one online this morning from all the major retailers. They went out ot stock before I could complete the checkout. In the case of NVIDIA’s site, the checkout process hung and never completed.
    [/QUOTE]
    So you are still planning to get one? Wish I could spare that kind of cash. I’m speaking on pure NV here. (pun intended)
    Some people claim nvidia is holding back RTX3000 performance to crash AMDs party coming out with new drivers at Big Nave release. But I wouldn’t count on it.

    Spec wise there does seem to be some untapped performance potential…

  27. [QUOTE=”Stoly, post: 18981, member: 1474″]
    So you are still planning to get one? Wish I could spare that kind of cash. I’m speaking on pure NV here. (pun intended)
    Some people claim nvidia is holding back RTX3000 performance to crash AMDs party coming out with new drivers at Big Nave release. But I wouldn’t count on it.

    Spec wise there does seem to be some untapped performance potential…
    [/QUOTE]

    Yes, I am still planning on getting a 3090. Just as soon as I can find one for MSRP. I’m not going to pay the price gougers anything.

  28. [URL unfurl=”true”]https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2020-nvidia-geforce-rtx-3090-review?page=6[/URL]
    Some tidbits:
    “Which brings us on to the 24GB of useable memory offered by the RTX 3090. Do you need it for games? No, not now. Perhaps you will in the future, but for now, most of that RAM lays dormant. However, I use a 24GB GPU for the video editing work I produce for Digital Foundry and I consider it essential. Working with Adobe Premiere Pro, layering 4K videos, running effects of that, employing expensive transitions I paid a lot of money for quickly overwhelms 8GB and even 12GB GPUs. Only by exporting pieces of the video and re-importing them back into the main project, am I able to make 4K video editing work for me on a lower VRAM card. And if I don’t do this, there’s a strong chance I will encounter crashes when the final video is exported. Using a high VRAM GPU, I’d say that there’s a 95 to 99 per cent chance my edit will successfully export. On a lower VRAM GPU – even an RTX 2080 Ti with 11GB – my edits stand a good 80 per cent chance of failure. On the one hand, the software should tell me of issues ahead of time but on the other, you have to handle the cards you’re dealt. Exporting video is a time-intensive enterprise. It can take hours on the most complex projects and losing that time is unacceptable. That’s my personal use-case and justification for investing in a card like this. Nvidia provided a bunch of examples of rendering programs and 8K video workflows to test, so I am sure there are others too.”

    “GeForce RTX 3090 is also being marketed as an 8K gaming card, and thanks to its HDMI 2.1 support, this means you’ll be able to run at native resolution output at 60Hz on the latest high-end televisions. I do plan to test this and I do think that properly experiencing this is the only way forward. Right now, without a screen, the only way to get some sense of the RTX 3090’s capabilities is to use DSR and effectively downscale from 8K internal rendering to a 4K display. Using DSR does incur a three to five per cent performance hit and potentially causes issues you may not have with a native screen, but I did find the RTX 3090 to perform fairly well.”

    “At high settings, Dirt Rally 2.0 with MSAA disabled and TAA active could allow you to lock at 60 frames per second at full 8K resolution. Meanwhile, at ultra settings, Doom Eternal varies between 45 to 60 frames per second – which is fine but not quite the experience you would hope for. Not to worry though: dynamic resolution scaling solves most of the problems, meaning that frame-rate sticks mostly at 60 frames per second but can hit a little down to 57fps. Nvidia DLSS can certainly help a great deal. Death Stranding at 8K60 is possible using DLSS performance mode, upscaling from 60fps – however, I did note regular ‘pulsing’ down to 45fps which I couldn’t explain. Control at 8K60? It’s possible via DLSS but I found using RT features as well could add instability. This is all rather inconclusive testing right now because benchmarking via DSR downsampling or using it at all even in standard gaming introduces variables to the equation you won’t get while rendering on an actual 8K screen. I also think that assuming memory can be managed, 8K gaming on an RTX 3080 may be manageable simply through decent settings and memory management – it’s something I’m looking forward to trying out.”

  29. [QUOTE=”MacLeod, post: 18978, member: 261″]
    And everything is sold out once again. Man this is just ridiculous. This one however I’m sure was a lot easier to sell out cause I doubt they had many at all in stock since $1500 GPU’s don’t usually sell that well.

    I do wonder when this crap will be over and we can actually buy a new video card without a hassle?
    [/QUOTE]
    Well, nvidia has claimed that Titans were actually pretty good sellers, so…

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