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 gives impressive framerates for games in 4K and 8K, and prime-finish efficiency for video editing, 3D rendering, and more. At this time I’m taking a look at Gigabyte’s tackle the behemoth GPU, the RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G, which gives a more spartan aesthetic and a slightly (though solely slightly) cheaper price tag compared to the MSI variant I reviewed final month. Let’s dive in.

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

While every RTX 3090 Ti available on the market is an absolute beast, the Gigabyte model here is a slight bit 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 really 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.

Regardless of the number of brackets used, it is a gargantuan graphics card, with a big black cooling solution that takes up a substantial amount of area in your case. As with every card of this size, you’ll be exhausting pressed to fit it inside of a small form factor case, and I’d extremely suggest utilizing the included GPU brace to stop it from sagging beneath its personal 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’ll be able to connect three 8-pin cables through the included adapter dongle. Again, I discover the dongle hanging off the side to be a bit unpleasant, particularly if you have customized cable sleeving in your build, but it’s an appropriate concession until PSUs start delivery with cables to fit the brand new sixteen-pin port.

Output-clever, 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 – Efficiency

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

Shifting over to ray tracing synthetics, the story is the same. A particularly related score, give or take some extent, compared to the MSI card, but as we saw 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 again trade blows with one another and the RX 6950 XT, though the 2 Nvidia cards take the crown over AMD with regards 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 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 – ship prime-of-the-line gaming efficiency with the caveat of an egregious worth tag. In comparison with MSI’s tackle the 3090 Ti, things are principally even, so in the event you’re in the market for an excellent-excessive-finish GPU, either card would serve you well. That mentioned, these cards’ absurd prices are a lot tougher to swallow given the existence of the RX 6950 XT and the belief that a new era of GPUs are just over the horizon.

Verdict

Gigabyte gives a strong if a bit underwhelming entry into the RTX 3090 Ti space. It trades blows with the MSI card I reviewed beforehand, which is anticipated given their extraordinarily related spec sheets. That mentioned, it’s tough to suggest any RTX 3090 Ti now that the a lot-cheaper RX 6950 XT performs nearly as nicely in every thing but ray tracing situations, particularly with the belief that RTX 4000-collection cards shall be out someday later this year.