When it launched last month, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti took the crown as the very best graphics card in the marketplace proper now. It affords spectacular framerates for video games in 4K and 8K, and prime-finish performance for video modifying, 3D rendering, and more. At the moment I’m taking a look at Gigabyte’s take on the behemoth GPU, the RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G, which affords a more spartan aesthetic and a slightly (though solely slightly) cheaper price ticket compared to the MSI variant I reviewed last month. Let’s dive in.

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

Whereas each RTX 3090 Ti in the marketplace is an absolute beast, the Gigabyte version here is a slight bit totally different than its MSI counterpart. This one uses a two-slot bracket instead of the MSI card’s 3-slot design, though despite that change it’s truly slightly thicker in 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 number 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 every card of this size, you’ll be onerous pressed to fit it inside a small form issue case, and I’d highly advocate utilizing the included GPU brace to stop it from sagging beneath its own weight.

Gigabyte’s design uses three Windforce fans and a vapor chamber to cool the GPU, which is overclocked to 1905 MHz (slightly slower than the MSI card’s 1950MHz overclock). It’s powered by a single 16-pin port, to which you’ll join three eight-pin cables through the included adapter dongle. Once more, I find the dongle hanging off the facet to be a bit unsightly, particularly you probably have custom cable sleeving in your construct, however it’s an appropriate concession till PSUs begin shipping with cables to fit the brand new 16-pin port.

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

Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G – Efficiency

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Jumping straight into our synthetic benchmarks, the Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti falls ever so slightly behind the MSI variant, as should be expected from its very slightly decrease overclock. Each cards nonetheless fall short compared to the a lot-cheaper RX 6950 XT in 3D Mark Hearth Strike, but retain the lead in Unigine Heaven.

Moving over to ray tracing synthetics, the story is the same. A particularly comparable score, give or take some extent, compared to the MSI card, but as we noticed in the RX 6950 XT assessment, that card falls down the charts considerably when ray tracing is involved.

In our gaming benches, the 2 RTX 3090 Ti cards once more trade blows with one another and the RX 6950 XT, though the 2 Nvidia cards take the crown over AMD relating to 4K – and particularly so in Metro Exodus, which uses ray tracing. In the meantime, evaluating the cards to the remainder of Nvidia’s GPU stack reveals the 3090 Tis with a wholesome lead.

Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G – Gaming Benchmarks

All advised, the Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G does what it units out to do – deliver prime-of-the-line gaming performance with the caveat of an egregious value tag. Compared to MSI’s take on the 3090 Ti, issues are mainly even, so for those who’re available in the market for an excellent-excessive-finish GPU, either card would serve you well. That stated, these cards’ absurd costs are a lot harder to swallow given the existence of the RX 6950 XT and the assumption that a new technology of GPUs are just over the horizon.

Verdict

Gigabyte affords a solid 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 stated, it’s robust to advocate any RTX 3090 Ti now that the a lot-cheaper RX 6950 XT performs nearly as nicely in every thing but ray tracing conditions, particularly with the assumption that RTX 4000-sequence cards will be out sometime later this year.