Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090

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How well can the GeForce RTX 3090 run games
20 Feb 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A true powerhouse, the GeForce RTX 3090 will run even the most demanding game system requirements released today. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the GeForce RTX 3090. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2021. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 1000 games in todays list.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce RTX 3090 can run Watch Dogs Legion at 1080p and saw it return strong frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 318 FPS, Medium: 251 FPS, High: 169 FPS and Ultra: 121 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Assassins Creed: Valhalla returns a strong 82 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the GeForce RTX 3090 performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Watch Dogs Legion and saw it deliver strong frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 243 FPS, Medium: 191 FPS, High: 129 FPS and Ultra: 92 FPS. We then checked the performance on Assassins Creed: Valhalla to see if that runs well. It was good with a 62 FPS at Ultra 1440p. In summary we feel the GeForce RTX 3090 running at 1440p is one of the more powerful graphics cards for this monitor resolution. Games will be running with stable frame rates at Ultra on a 1440p setup. 4K gaming for a number of modern games should also be considered with this graphics hardware.

How many years will the GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce RTX 3090 in your PC? A top gaming graphics card choice, the GeForce RTX 3090 will not need to be upgraded for at least 3+ years of AAA gaming at top graphics settings

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce RTX 3090? There are no graphics cards on the current market that would provide a big enough increase in performance to warrant upgrading the GeForce RTX 3090.
FPS System Benchmark
169 FPS
The GeForce RTX 3090 was released on 24 Sep 2020

GeForce RTX 3090 Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce RTX 3090 gets 104.2 FPS on Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

104.2 FPS

GeForce RTX 3090 gets 128.8 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

128.8 FPS

GeForce RTX 3090 gets 84.9 FPS on Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

84.9 FPS

GeForce RTX 3090 gets 89.9 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

89.9 FPS

GeForce RTX 3090 gets 46.1 FPS on Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

46.1 FPS

GeForce RTX 3090 gets 46.6 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

46.6 FPS

GeForce RTX 3090 gets 51.4 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

51.4 FPS

GeForce RTX 3090 gets 59.5 FPS on Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Assassins Creed: Valhalla

59.5 FPS

GeForce RTX 3090 gets 143.6 FPS on Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

143.6 FPS
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce RTX 3090
Ampere GA102
Texture Rate
544 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
163 GPixel/s
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
Driver Support
Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.1
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
24576 MB
Memory Speed
1750 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1400 MHz
Boost Clock
1700 MHz
Max Power
350 Watts
750 Watt
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
16 GB
Best Resolution
3840 x 2160
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
GeForce RTX 3090 Game Requirement Analysis

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is the top RTX 30 Series graphics card and considered an Enthusiast graphics card based on the Ampere architecture.

The Ampere architecture represents a process shrink down to 7nm compared to 12nm Turing. The Ampere architecture provides the world's next consumer support for real-time ray-tracing technology, or RTX.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Ampere GA102 which has 5120 Shader Processing Units, 320 TMUs, and 96 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1520MHz and goes up to 2153MHz in Boost mode. It also has 610 Tensor Cores for AI purposes and 72 RT Cores for real-time ray-tracing.

The GPU accesses a 24GB frame buffer of second-gen GDDR6X memory through a 384-bit memory interface, while the Memory clock operates at 1750MHz, or 14GHz effective.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 350W, it requires at least a 650W PSU with two 8-pin power connectors.

System Suggestions
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a top-End Processor and at least 16GB of RAM for optimal performance.

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GeForce RTX 3090 vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
Graphics Card
Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 68% 58%
Valheim 79% 58%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 76% 62%
30XX 99% 98%
Grand Theft Auto VI 63% 42%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 79% 63%
Outriders 85% 60%
Far Cry 6 63% 40%
Little Nightmares 2 85% 81%
Hitman 3 82% 46%
GeForce RTX 3090 Extras
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