The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition Temperatures:
At idle on our open air test bench we were sitting at around 35C at idle with no fan noise as they don’t spin. After playing PUBG for over an hour at 1440P we found that the temperatures topped out in the 67C range. The fans were running around 1175 RPM at full gaming load. This is 1C cooler at idle and 9C cooler at load than when we tested the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition card last week!
For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For load numbers we ran Rainbow Six Siege at 1440P and recorded the peak power number while the in-game benchmark was running. This is done to ensure the results are repeatable.
The system with the GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition installed peaked at 570 Watts on this game title, which is about 50 Watts higher than the 524 Watts seen on the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition. With over 10,000 CUDA cores, a 390W TGP rating and a triple-slot cooler… we expected this card to use a fair bit of power!
Let’s wrap this up!