EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 Ultra Review 40

EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 Ultra Review

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Introduction

EVGA Logo

The EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 Ultra is the company's premium air-cooled rendition of the newest big kid on the block. The RTX 3090 Ti is the crescendo of the "Ampere" graphics architecture, a have-it-all SKU. It is designed to be a double-digit percentage faster than the RTX 3090, the de facto flagship for the RTX 30-series until today. The RTX 3090 Ti is designed by enabling all 84 streaming multiprocessors (SM) on the GA102 silicon, dialing up clock speeds, and using even faster memory. The design goal is maxed-out gaming at native-4K resolution with ray tracing, as well as several creative use cases that could benefit from the large 24 GB of fast memory.



The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti maxes out the GA102 silicon, enabling all 10,752 CUDA cores, 336 Tensor cores, and 84 RT cores. That's not all, as NVIDIA is introducing new 21 Gbps-rated GDDR6X memory with the RTX 3090 Ti, as opposed to the 19.5 Gbps memory on the RTX 3090, or the 19 Gbps on the RTX 3080. This pushes memory bandwidth past the 1 TB/s mark, compared to the 940 GB/s on the RTX 3090. Memory size on both cards is 24 GB.

NVIDIA is first-to-market with graphics cards that feature the new ATX 16-pin power connector designed for the next-generation of graphics cards. The 16-pin connector is capable of delivering up to 600 W of power, and it was needed as the typical board power for the RTX 3090 Ti is rated at 450 W, which is 100 W higher than the RTX 3090. Something like this would have required three 8-pin PCIe power connectors on cards with even close-to-reference specs, hence the switch to the new connector. NVIDIA understands that the new connector is very new to the market, so all board partners are made to include an NVIDIA-designed adapter that converts three 8-pin PCIe connectors to one 16-pin.

The GeForce Ampere graphics architecture introduces the second generation of NVIDIA's path-breaking RTX technology, which fuses real-time ray traced elements with traditional raster graphics. These include almost physically accurate lighting, reflections, lensing, illumination, and motion-blur. The Ampere architecture introduces new 2nd-generation RT cores which provides hardware acceleration to the most computationally demanding parts of ray tracing, including ray-traced motion-blur. The 3rd-generation Tensor core leverages the sparsity phenomenon to increase AI-DNN inference performance by an order of magnitude.

The EVGA RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 Ultra features the company's latest iCX 3 smart cooling solution that combines a powerful heatsink with a trio of individually controlled fans and a network of temperature sensors across the PCB that let the card optimally manage cooling on its own. The PCB is intelligently designed with cutouts that have some of the airflow from the fans pass through, and out vents on the backplate. The card is smartly illuminated with a large ARGB diffuser along the top. Compared to the 1860 MHz reference, EVGA's generous factory-overclock for the card has a 1920 MHz maximum boost frequency.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Market Segment Analysis
 PriceCoresROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
RTX 2080$6502944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$7503072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti$6504864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6700 XT$600
2560642424 MHz2581 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$8504352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$7505888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3070 Ti$8006144961575 MHz1770 MHz1188 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RX 6800$9003840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$95046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$11008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RTX 3080 Ti$1350102401121365 MHz1665 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
RX 6900 XT$125051201282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3090$1900104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
RTX 3090 Ti$2000107521121560 MHz1860 MHz1313 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
EVGA RTX 3090 Ti
FTW3 Ultra
$2200107521121560 MHz1920 MHz1313 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit

Benefits of 24 GB in Productivity

One of the key features setting the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti apart from any other consumer graphics card in the market is its incredible 24 GB dedicated memory. NVIDIA achieved this much memory without compromising on performance, with the highest 21 Gbps data rates, widest 384-bit bus widths, and highest 1 TB/s memory bandwidth on tap. This is NVIDIA's fastest graphics memory solution in the Ampere series. The professional A6000 GPU has up to 48 GB of memory, but it is conventional 16 Gbps GDDR6 for the sake of ECC support. The GDDR6X memory found in NVIDIA Ampere GPUs is an innovation co-developed by NVIDIA and Micron Technology.


So what does one really do with 24 GB of memory? If you've read our GeForce RTX 3080 Ti review, you'll know that despite just 12 GB of memory, the GPU is almost as fast as the RTX 3090. The RTX 3090 Ti does not just have faster memory than the RTX 3090, but also more shaders, higher clock-speeds, and significantly higher power limits to sustain boost frequencies. Even NVIDIA believes that one doesn't really need 24 GB of memory for gaming, and hence mooted the original RTX 3080 as its flagship for this generation.

NVIDIA considers the RTX 3090 Ti to be more than just a gaming graphics card. The incredible 24 GB memory and NVIDIA GeForce Studio drivers combination is designed to give the RTX 3090 Ti some serious professional-visualization chops, especially when working on 3D content-creation projects with large data sets.

OTOY OctaneRender is able to utilize the 24 GB memory to draw large 3D scenes, including with RTX ray tracing acceleration. The advantage of 24 GB is in storing the entire scene data on the video memory to minimize or cut out out-of-core data, which has to be fetched from main memory or disk storage, making the process an order of magnitude slower.

Blender is one of the most popular 3D authoring and render software, and the Blender Cycles path-tracing renderer utilizes NVIDIA OptiX to accelerate interactive and final frame rendering with incredible lighting effects over multiple instances of Blender. Something like this would fail if attempted on the RTX 3080 Ti with its 12 GB video memory since you would run out of memory.

Video editing software DaVinci Resolve will particularly benefit from the 24 GB memory of the RTX 3090 Ti, especially in 8K Redcode RAW projects, where you're dealing with 8K uncompressed video frames that take up enormous amounts of memory. NVIDIA assesses that it takes 24 GB to smoothly work with 8K editing, color-correction, VFX, and post-production, and that the 12 GB or 10 GB solutions on the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3080 will run into out-of-memory errors.

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

There is no doubt that this is an EVGA GeForce 30 card. The design language is easily recognizable and looks stunning. While the front is pretty much identical to other recent EVGA cards, the backplate has been improved considerably. Gone is the red line I liked, and the backplate is now much thicker and heavier, with nice surface structure, making this one of the best backplates I have ever encountered.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 30.0 x 14.0 cm, and it weighs 2157 g.


These GeForce RTX 3090 Ti cards are enormous in size. From top left to top right: EVGA RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 Ultra, Zotac RTX 3090 Ti AMP Extreme, MSI RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X, and ASUS RTX 3090 Ti STRIX Liquid Cooled.

See the small AMD card in the bottom left? That's the Radeon RX 6900 XT, the fastest card the red team currently offers. Also included is the GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition in the bottom right.$10,000 in graphics cards right there!

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires four slots in your system.


EVGA is offering a triple BIOS with their card. You may select between "Performance" (default), "Normal", which runs lower fan noise, and "OC," which turns off the idle-fan-stop capability.


Near the back of the card is a fan header to synchronize a case fan with the fans of the graphics card, and a connector to synchronize the RGB illumination with that of your motherboard.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity options include one HDMI 2.1 and three DisplayPort 1.4a ports.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

The RTX 3090 Ti introduces the new 16-pin power connector—note the four small pins above the larger 12 pins. This connector is specified for up to 600 W power delivery. All RTX 3090 Ti cards come bundled with a 3x 8-pin to 12-pin adapter (the four small sense pins aren't used). While the ATX specification states that the card should limit itself to 150 W if the four small sense pins aren't connected, NVIDIA made sure even the 3x 8-pin adapter scenario, which can provide up to 525 W (3x 150 W + 75 W from the slot), runs the card at optimal settings.

Multi-GPU Area

The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti supports SLI, but know that NVIDIA isn't supporting SLI as implicit multi-GPU (SLI as you know it), but explicit multi-GPU that's developed and supported by game and application developers. With multi-GPU game support being pretty much non-existent, this basically means SLI is dead.


EVGA is bundling the "eLeash" for free with the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 Ultra. It's such an amazingly simple, ingenious idea. Instead of trying to support your graphics card from the bottom, you suspend it.

The eLeash components are well thought out. You can hook it into the case's top openings for a radiator, or into fan screws if you have a radiator installed. Once the top part is installed, hook in the cable, attach the other side to the opening on your graphics card, adjust the length, and boom, you're done. Simple and effective at minimal cost.

EVGA has an installation video with additional details.

Teardown

Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

EVGA's heatsink uses a large baseplate to spread the heat and eight heatpipes that quickly move the heat away from the GPU.


The backplate is made out of metal and protects the card against damage during installation and handling. Note the mini-heatpipe that's integrated into the backplate.

High-resolution PCB Pictures

These pictures are for the convenience of volt modders and people who would like to see all the finer details on the PCB. Feel free to link back to us and use these in your articles, videos or forum posts.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back


High-res versions are also available (front, back).

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