NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090, or the BFGPU, is launching tonight. As such, the company have a new blog post that briefly highlights what they call the “world’s fastest graphics card”.
True to its nickname, the RTX 3090 comes with some big numbers. Inside it is 24GB of GDDR6X memory – more than double the amount that the RTX 3080 has – and 10,496 CUDA cores. NVIDIA says that the RTX 3090 is 50% faster than their last top-end card, the RTX Titan, which has the same memory count but only 4,608 CUDA cores in comparison.
“The GeForce RTX 3090 enables creators who push their creations to the limits of graphics hardware with professional creation applications and with large models, detailed scenes, and high-resolution textures,” NVIDIA wrote. “Rendering in these types of applications not only requires a more powerful GPU. It requires more GPU memory. Creators using the GeForce RTX 3090 will find that they can work with datasets that are more than twice as large as those that will fit into the memory of the GeForce RTX 3080.”
However, it’s worth noting that the RTX 3090 isn’t really meant to compete with the RTX 3080 in terms of 4K gaming. NVIDIA said that the RTX 3090 is only “10-15% faster on average” than the RTX 3080 when it comes to 4K. What the BFGPU is really meant for is 8K gaming and, as mentioned above, creators who want to do things like rendering cinematics. Otherwise, it’s better to spend $699 (RM2,896~) on the RTX 3080 than $1,499 (RM6,210~) on the RTX 3090 (assuming you can get your hands on one).
If you plan to get the RTX 3090 regardless, you might want to be quick. “Since we built GeForce RTX 3090 for a unique group of users, like the TITAN RTX before it, we want to apologise upfront that this will be in limited supply on launch day,” said NVIDIA. “We know this is frustrating, and we’re working with our partners to increase the supply in the weeks to come.”