When it launched final month, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti took the crown as the absolute best graphics card available on the market right now. It presents spectacular framerates for video games in 4K and 8K, and prime-finish performance for video modifying, 3D rendering, and more. At this time I’m looking at Gigabyte’s take on the behemoth GPU, the RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G, which presents a more spartan aesthetic and a slightly (though solely 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 Features

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

Whatever the number of brackets used, it is a gargantuan graphics card, with a large black cooling solution that takes up quite a lot of house in your case. As with any card of this size, you’ll be hard pressed to suit it inside of a small form issue case, and I’d highly recommend using the included GPU brace to forestall it from sagging under 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 sixteen-pin port, to which you can connect three 8-pin cables via the included adapter dongle. Again, I discover the dongle hanging off the aspect to be a bit ugly, especially if in case you have custom cable sleeving in your construct, nevertheless it’s an appropriate concession until PSUs start delivery with cables to suit the new sixteen-pin port.

Output-clever, the Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti presents 3x DisplayPort 1.4a and a single HDMI 2.1 port, with a most resolution 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 ought to be expected from its very slightly lower overclock. Both cards nonetheless fall short compared to the much-cheaper RX 6950 XT in 3D Mark Hearth Strike, but retain the lead in Unigine Heaven.

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

In our gaming benches, the 2 RTX 3090 Ti cards once more trade blows with each other and the RX 6950 XT, though the 2 Nvidia cards take the crown over AMD in terms of 4K – and especially so in Metro Exodus, which uses ray tracing. Meanwhile, evaluating the cards to the remainder of Nvidia’s GPU stack shows the 3090 Tis with a healthy lead.

Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G – Gaming Benchmarks

All advised, the Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G does what it sets out to do – deliver prime-of-the-line gaming performance with the caveat of an egregious price tag. In comparison with MSI’s take on the 3090 Ti, things are principally even, so in case you’re in the market for an excellent-excessive-finish GPU, both card would serve you well. That stated, these cards’ absurd costs are much harder to swallow given the existence of the RX 6950 XT and the assumption that a new era of GPUs are just over the horizon.

Verdict

Gigabyte presents a strong if a bit underwhelming entry into the RTX 3090 Ti space. It trades blows with the MSI card I reviewed previously, which is expected given their extremely comparable spec sheets. That stated, it’s powerful to recommend any RTX 3090 Ti now that the much-cheaper RX 6950 XT performs practically as nicely in every little thing but ray tracing conditions, especially with the assumption that RTX 4000-series cards will be out sometime later this year.