When it launched final month, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti took the crown as the absolute best graphics card on the market right now. It gives spectacular framerates for games in 4K and 8K, and prime-end efficiency for video enhancing, 3D rendering, and more. Today I’m looking at Gigabyte’s take on the behemoth GPU, the RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G, which gives a more spartan aesthetic and a slightly (though only slightly) cheaper price ticket compared to the MSI variant I reviewed final month. Let’s dive in.

Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G – Design and Options

Whereas every RTX 3090 Ti on the market is an absolute beast, the Gigabyte model here is a slight bit different than its MSI counterpart. This one uses a -slot bracket as a substitute of the MSI card’s 3-slot design, though despite that change it’s truly slightly thicker within the waist, measuring 13 x 5.9 x 2.7 inches, compared to the MSI’s 13.3 x 5.5 x 2.7-inch design.

Regardless of the variety of brackets used, it is a gargantuan graphics card, with a large black cooling answer that takes up a substantial amount of space in your case. As with any card of this size, you’ll be exhausting pressed to fit it inside of a small form issue case, and I’d extremely recommend utilizing the included GPU brace to forestall it from sagging beneath its personal weight.

Gigabyte’s design uses three Windforce followers and a vapor chamber to chill the GPU, which is overclocked to 1905 MHz (slightly slower than the MSI card’s 1950MHz overclock). It’s powered by a single sixteen-pin port, to which you’ll be able to connect three eight-pin cables via the included adapter dongle. Again, I discover the dongle hanging off the aspect to be a bit unsightly, particularly if you have custom cable sleeving in your build, but it’s a suitable concession till PSUs start delivery with cables to fit the brand new sixteen-pin port.

Output-wise, the Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti gives 3x DisplayPort 1.4a and a single HDMI 2.1 port, with a maximum resolution of 7680 x 4320 (8K).

Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G – Performance

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Leaping straight into our synthetic benchmarks, the Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti falls ever so slightly behind the MSI variant, as must be anticipated from its very slightly lower overclock. Both playing cards nonetheless fall quick compared to the a lot-cheaper RX 6950 XT in 3D Mark Hearth Strike, but retain the lead in Unigine Heaven.

Transferring over to ray tracing synthetics, the story is the same. An extremely comparable rating, give or take some extent, compared to the MSI card, but as we noticed within the RX 6950 XT assessment, that card falls down the charts significantly when ray tracing is involved.

In our gaming benches, the 2 RTX 3090 Ti playing cards again trade blows with each other and the RX 6950 XT, though the 2 Nvidia playing cards take the crown over AMD with regards to 4K – and especially so in Metro Exodus, which uses ray tracing. In the meantime, comparing the playing cards to the rest of Nvidia’s GPU stack exhibits the 3090 Tis with a wholesome lead.

Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G – Gaming Benchmarks

All informed, the Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G does what it units out to do – deliver prime-of-the-line gaming efficiency with the caveat of an egregious price tag. Compared to MSI’s take on the 3090 Ti, things are basically even, so if you happen to’re in the market for a super-excessive-end GPU, either card would serve you well. That mentioned, these playing cards’ absurd costs are a lot more durable to swallow given the existence of the RX 6950 XT and the belief that a new generation of GPUs are simply over the horizon.

Verdict

Gigabyte gives a stable if a bit underwhelming entry into the RTX 3090 Ti space. It trades blows with the MSI card I reviewed previously, which is predicted given their extraordinarily comparable spec sheets. That mentioned, it’s robust to recommend any RTX 3090 Ti now that the a lot-cheaper RX 6950 XT performs almost as nicely in the whole lot but ray tracing situations, particularly with the belief that RTX 4000-sequence playing cards might be out someday later this year.