ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity Review

Introduction

Today, we are evaluating the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity video card ZT-A30900D-10P. It is one of five GeForce RTX 3090 series offerings from ZOTAC. This one is at the very bottom of the list and is essentially, a reference RTX 3090 board with a custom cooler on it. Up from that are overclocked models and others with fancier-looking coolers, RGB, and even a factory water-cooled version.

We won’t be rehashing the coverage of the GeForce RTX 30 series NVIDIA Ampere architecture in this review. Instead, you can read up on our coverage of the GeForce RTX 30 series architecture here and RTX 3090 here. The MSRP on GeForce RTX 3090 is officially $1,499.99, and therefore so is our card being reviewed today, but that of course is not the reality in today’s market prices.

ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity

The packaging for the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity is relatively similar to what you would see with any reference GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card. As you can see, there is a great deal of padding protecting the GPU during shipping. Inside the box is a bare-bones complement of accessories, including the usual quick installation guide, some stickers, and two dual-six pin PCIe to single 8-pin PCIe adapters.

Despite there being five models from ZOTAC, they are all broadly similar aside from their cooling and GPU boost clocks. The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity and Trinity OC are identical aside from this one change. The base card has a boost clock of 1695MHz compared to 1710MHz. A 15MHz core clock increase is essentially nothing at all. It also has 24GB of GDDR6X memory.

The higher end models feature a 3 slot cooler compared to the ZOTAC Gaming RTX 3090 Trinity’s 2.5 slot cooler. The clocks do go up on some of the other models, but not all of them. In essence, you pay for a fancier cooler on all but the top end model which does offer an 1810MHz factory boost clock. Memory bandwidth is listed for all cards as being the same but does not give specifics on the clocks.

The PCB is essentially the same on all reference boards like the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity. However, the coolers vary from brand to brand. The ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity uses a 2.5 slot IceStorm 2.0 Advanced Cooling with three fans that support Active Fan Control with FREEZE Fan Stop. The heat sink features embedded heat pipes and a high-density fin-type configuration.

The card has two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. The ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3090 is 12.5″ long, x 4.75″ in depth and x 2.28″ in height. On the back panel, you will find three DisplayPort 1.4a ports and 1x HDMI 2.1 port. Technically, the card supports resolutions up to 7680×4320@60Hz. At stock speeds the card has a TDP of 350w but can pull more than that while overclocked or under specific circumstances. (More on that later.)

The ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity does feature a metal backplate and a cosmetic front plate which continues the styling of the plastic fan shroud. The cooler has a sort of stealth fighter aesthetic, and the SPECTRA 2.0 RGB Lighting is confined to the logo on the backplate and the ZOTAC Gaming logo on the side of the card.

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