NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition Review

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used as we switched over to a new system for this review. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit version 2004 and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done our testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than 16 years ago.

Drivers used for testing:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX & RTX Cards used 456.38 Drivers
  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT used Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.9.1

Intel Z490 Test Platform

The Intel Z490 platform that we used to test all of the video cards was running the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero Z490 Gaming Motherboard with BIOS 0707 that came out in July 21st, 2020. We went with the Intel Core i9-10900K 10-core, 20-thread processor and left it at stock speeds. The HyperX DDR4 memory kit we used was a 16GB kit (2x8GB) and it is rated at 3400MHz and it was run at XMP settings. The Samsung SSD 970 EVO 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair RM1000x power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up.

Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel Z490 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor Intel Core i9-10900K
Motherboard
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero
Memory
32GB HyperX 3600MHz DDR4
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive Samsung SSD 970 EVO 2TB
Cooling Corsair Hydro H115i
Power Supply Corsair RM1000x
Case HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor Acer Predator X27 4K HDR

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 FE GPU-Z:

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 GPU-Z

Let’s move on to the benchmark results!

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