Gameplay Performance 4K

We are going to now look at 4K game performance on the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC. We are comparing it with a GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition to see how much of an improvement in performance the GIGABYTE RTX 3090 provides in games. We are also including the Radeon RX 6800 XT as a similar data point. Resizable BAR is enabled for all video cards below. We will test Ray Tracing and DLSS on a separate page later in the review.

Cyberpunk 2077

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC Cyberpunk 2077 4K Performance Graph with NVIDIA DLSS

Trying to play Cyberpunk 2077 at 4K with “Ultra” settings is a trying experience, even on the fastest video cards. Therefore we also included DLSS in this performance testing to see how that can provide a playable experience on the GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 here. So, first let’s look at the No DLSS performance. You can see the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC is at 44FPS average, this is 13% faster than the GeForce RTX 3080 performance. However, it’s still far from actually being playable. Overclocking the video card improves performance by 7%. This helps bring it up to 47FPS but is still not really enjoyable at this performance level.

However, once we enable Quality DLSS this changes. When we enable the highest quality form of DLSS we gain 56% performance on the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC. Performance is now at a very playable 68FPS without even having to overclock. Though when we do overclock DLSS performance is now at a really smooth 72FPS, an increase of 55% without it. This DLSS performance is also 12% faster than the GeForce RTX 3080 FE and overclocked the 3090 is 19% faster. This is performance the Radeon RX 6800 XT just can’t match since it has nothing to match DLSS technology.

Dirt 5

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC Dirt 5 4K Performance Graph

In Dirt 4 at 4K the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC offers a very playable gameplay experience at 99FPS. That’s a 14% improvement over the GeForce RTX 3080 FE. Overclocking it improves performance by 7%. Overclocked it’s 22% faster than the GeForce RTX 3080 FE.

Horizon Zero Dawn

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC Horizon Zero Dawn 4K Performance Graph

In Horizon Zero Dawn at 4K the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC provides a great experience at 92FPS. It’s 21% faster than the Radeon RX 6800 XT and 12% faster than the GeForce RTX 3080 FE. Overclocking it improves performance by 7%.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 4K Performance Graph

You can see now how the scaling is much better at 4K compared to 1440p. We are now GPU bound very much at 4K. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT struggles quite a bit here, the game is barely enjoyable. However, with the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC the game is very enjoyable at 44-45FPS average. Overclocking helps even more and improves by 7%. This is 10% faster than the GeForce RTX 3080 FE and with overclocking it’s 17% faster. The overclocked 3090 is 35% faster than the Radeon RX 6800 XT.

Watch Dogs Legion

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC Watch Dogs Legion 4K Performance Graph

Watch Dogs Legion can be very demanding at 4K, but the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC provides a playable experience averaging over 60FPS. Overclocking it improves performance by 8%. It is 9% faster than the RTX 3080 and overclocked it’s 17% faster.

Red Dead Redemption 2

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC Red Dead Redemption 2 4K Performance Graph

Red Dead Redemption 2 is another game that is extremely demanding at 4K. The GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC is the only video card to provide over 60FPS average performance at 4K in this game. It beats the RTX 3080 by 11%. Overclocking the RTX 3090 improves performance by 7%.

Assassins Creed Valhalla

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC Assassins Creed Valhalla 4K Performance Graph

This game is still a bit of an anomaly for the Radeon RX 6800 XT, it’s on par with the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC here. However, overclocking the RTX 3090 improves performance and edges it out. At 64 or 66FPS the GIGABYTE RTX 3090 GAMING OC offers a very playable gameplay experience in this game at 4K.

Wolfenstein Youngblood

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC Wolfenstein Youngblood 4K Performance Graph

Once again we find this game performs very well, the GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING OC is 11% faster than the GeForce RTX 3080 FE. Overclocking it improves performance by 5%.

Brent Justice

Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components for 20+ years, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer oriented...

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2 Comments

  1. Seven months to review a GPU that is essentially impossible to buy in retail, seems about right.
    The review is well done as usual.
    The availability is disheartening.
  2. Thanks @Brent_Justice for the great review. I’m not a fan of the block-styled design of these cards but its good to know they’re up to par. After all, most don’t buy cards to look at them.
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