We are testing out the Nvidia RTX 4090 vs 3090 on all the latest games at 4K to check out their gaming performance difference.
Recently Nvidia launched the all-new Geforce RTX 4090. Here is a full review of the RTX 4090 if you are interested. With the new GPU, Nvidia ensures that all modern games will run better and faster with their latest RTX GPU.
The new DirectX Ultimate supports Ray Tracing and Variable Rate Shading and packs much more power. This is a 384bit card and takes up to three slots on your motherboard, so you might know by now how big of a card it is. The power draw is rated at 450W through a 16-pin power connector. It features 1 HDMI 2.1 and 3 DisplayPort 1.4a and comes for $1599.
The RTX 3090 is an enthusiast card that was released back in 2020. This is the smaller brother of the RTX 3090Ti. It features the same hardware but slightly lower specifications than the 3090Ti, like lower base clocks, boost clocks, shading units, RT Cores, Tensor Cores, Pixel Rate, Texture rate etc., but it is still a competent card, even at 4K!
So without further delay, let’s quickly check out the Gaming performance difference between the RTX 4090 and the RTX 3090 at 4K!
RTX 4090 vs 3090 – Specifications
Here are the detailed RTX 4090 and the RTX 3090 GPU specifications.
|GPU NAME vs GPU SPECS||RTX 4090||RTX 3090|
|GPU Model Name||AD102||GA102|
|Base Clock||2235 MHz||1395 MHz|
|Boost Clock||2520 MHz||1695 MHz|
|Memory Clock||1325 MHz with 21.2 Gbps effective||1219 MHz with 19.5 Gbps effective|
|Pixel Rate||443.5 Gpixel/s||189.2 Gpixel/s|
|Texture Rate||1290 GTexel/s||556 GTexel/s|
RTX 4090 vs RTX 3090 – Test Setup
Here is the test setup we use for the RTX 4090 vs the RTX 3090 GPU benchmarks.
|CPU||Intel Core i7 12700K|
|MOTHERBOARD||Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Master|
|GPU||Nvidia Geforce RTX 4090 Founder Edition|
Nvidia Geforce RTX 3090 Founder Edition
|MEMORY||Kingston 32 GB DDR5 5200MHz RAM|
|PSU||EVGA 1600W 80plus Gold Certified Fully Modular|
|STORAGE||2 x WD M.2 SSD PCIe Express 3.0 1TB|
|CPU COOLER||CORSAIR iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Microsoft Windows 11 64bit with the latest update patch|
RTX 4090 vs RTX 3090 – Gaming Benchmark at 4K
Here are the test results of the RTX 4090 vs RTX 3090 Gaming Performance Benchmarks. All latest-gen games were tested at 4K resolution with ultra-high settings.
|GPU NAME vs GAME NAME||RTX 4090||RTX 3090|
|Forza Horizon 5||162 FPS||91 FPS|
|Dying Light 2||115 FPS||63 FPS|
|Cyberpunk 2077||93 FPS||54 FPS|
|Far Cry 6||165 FPS||101 FPS|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||125 FPS||83 FPS|
|Aassassins Creed Valhalla||127 FPS||91 FPS|
|Hitman 3||176 FPS||93 FPS|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||161 FPS||98 FPS|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider||163 FPS||91 FPS|
|Watch Dogs Legion||143 FPS||81 FPS|
4090 vs 3090 Final Thoughts
From the above performance numbers that we can see, it is pretty much evident that the RTX 4090 is almost twice as fast as the last generation RTX 3090. All the games ranging from the older titles like the Shadow of Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs Legion etc., showed a similar performance behaviour.
The newer games like Dying Light 2 and Far Cry 6 showed a performance difference nearly double that of the RTX 3090. Both the GPUs are excellent and kept the performance at 60FPS with ultra-high settings except for Cyberpunk 2077, which we already know is not much optimized. But other than that, all the games have an average performance above 60FPS.
If you are currently using an RTX 3090, we suggest you either wait for the RTX 4090Ti or entirely skip the 4000 Series GPUs. Instead, you can wait for the RTX 5000 Series Graphics cards, i.e. RTX 5090 or the RTX 5090Ti. Also, the new Windows 12 might be in the news next year, and we are yet to see what brings in gamers.
If you are building a new PC and want to own the flagship Nvidia RTX 4090, you have to shell out at least $1599 or higher. And it is only worth it if you build a new Gaming PC.
So this was all about RTX 4090 vs RTX 3090. If you have anything to add, feel free to comment down below.
That’s all, folks!
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