It took quite a bit longer than anticipated, but an even more “BF” version of Nvidia’s “BFGPU” has finally arrived. On Tuesday, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti finally stomped onto store shelves with more, well, everything than its already-ferocious namesake, from graphics cores to memory speeds to even power pins. Tapping into all that power doesn’t come cheap, however. The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti starts at $2,000 for Nvidia’s own Founders Edition model and will no doubt only go up from there for kitted-out custom boards from the likes of EVGA, MSI, Asus, and others.
It’s a hefty price to pay, but you’ll be getting a frame-spewing, content-creating freak of a graphics card in return. The work-hard-play-hard GeForce RTX 3090 already topped our gaming benchmark charts at 4K resolution (though we found Nvidia’s 8K gaming claims to be a bit…forced) and blew through 3D rendering and other prosumer tasks like no other. “The extravagant GeForce RTX 3090 is a poor value for pure gamers, but a stunning value for creators who can use its massive 24GB of memory,” we summed up in our review.
We didn’t receive a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti in for review, but judging by the specs Nvidia sent over, its value proposition remains identical—just more so.
The original RTX 3090 was only very slightly cut down from its max potential, so Nvidia didn’t have much room to work here. The Ti’s 10,752 CUDA cores is only a few hundred more than the 10,496 found inside the vanilla RTX 3090, for example, and the massive 24GB memory buffer remains a ginormous 24GB. That said, the GDDR6X memory has been given a solid speed boost, going from an already-blazing 18Gbps to a face-melting 21Gbps. The corresponding leap in overall bandwidth will no doubt provide tangible benefits in memory-bound 4K gaming and content creation tasks. Clock speeds also increased, going from 1,700MHz boost speeds in the O.G. 3090 to 1,860MHz in the Ti.