When building or upgrading your PC, especially when it comes to a new GPU, there are certain factors that must be considered. By educating yourself on these fundamental factors, you will not only ensure the next GPU you purchase is right for you, but you’ll also get the best bang for your buck too.
Below are some of the key factors to consider when looking to purchase a new RTX 3090:
Performance is, without a doubt, the number one thing to consider if you’re thinking about purchasing Nvidia’s new GPU. Whilst this isn’t a huge problem when referencing the RTX 3090 – it is the world’s most potent GPU after all – it’s still wise to ensure you aren’t overspending on a product that isn’t optimized for the job.
There was a lot of noise around the RTX 3090’s launch that suggested unrivaled gaming performance and 8K gaming with DLSS + ray tracing. However, since its release, it’s been well documented that the RTX 3090 isn’t quite as impressive as we first thought – for gaming anyway.
Whilst the RTX 3090 can perform 8K gaming with DLSS (not true native 8K), the early framerates seem to suggest a pretty sluggish performance. Furthermore, when dropping back down to mortal resolutions like 1440p and 4K, the RTX 3090 doesn’t show nearly enough performance gains when compared to the RTX 3080 – a GPU that is currently on shelves for under half the price of the 3090.
That being said, it isn’t all bad, the RTX 3090 is extremely efficient when it comes to 3D rendering and other workstation-type workflows.
If you’re happy with the performance, the next thing to consider is the price. This GPU comes to shelves at an eye-watering $1500+, putting it into the upper echelons of the GPU pricing spectrum.
It’s not just the cost of the GPU you need to be concerned with either, there are a whole host of additional costs to factor in if you do decide to purchase an RTX 3090. That’s right, we’re talking about a new case that has the capacity to hold a GPU of this size and weight. Chances are also high that you’ll need to invest in a new PSU that can power a beast of this power as well.
Keeping your internal temperatures as low as possible is something every PC user should concern themselves with. High temperatures within your PC case can cause your hardware to run inefficiently and even reduce overall life expectancy too.
The RTX 3090 is a hugely powerful card, meaning it needs a hefty cooling solution to match. Luckily, this is where most GPU AIBs excel, in the cooling department.
Lastly, we have the physical size (and weight) of the GPU. The RTX is one of, if not the biggest GPU we’ve seen – aptly named the BFGPU by Jensen himself.
If you’re happy with the price and performance that the RTX 3090 comes equipped with, the next thing you need to consider is whether or not your PC case has the capacity to accommodate such a beast.
In the following guide, we’ll be posting physical measurements of each AIB RTX 3090. Simply check to make sure your case can handle its size before finalizing your purchase.