NVIDIA RTX 3090 Founders Edition Review: How to Nuke Your Launch

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This is our review of the NVIDIA RTX 3090 GPU (using Founders Edition video card). Lots of people are talking about how the RTX 3090 "brings 8K gaming" to fruition. We put those claims to the test.
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Our RTX 3090 Founders Edition tear-down will go live later today, as will our overclocking livestream!

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This benchmark of the NVIDIA RTX 3090 Founders Edition video card looks at thermal performance (temperatures), noise levels, surface flatness, contact pressure, gaming performance and benchmarks, and RTX ray tracing benchmarks. We also look at the "8K gaming is here" claims that NVIDIA made, particularly those that reached millions of people one day prior to launch. Additional testing will be done in the future for workstation benchmarks, like Blender Cycles rendering, Eevee real-time rendering, and Unreal Engine testing -- but the marketing claims go first, particularly given the tight timelines on the review turn-around. We'll also be overclocking the RTX 3090 in our RIPJAY contest revival, but that'll happen in a livestream later today (day of launch).

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00:00 - The RTX 3090's Pre-Launch, Viral Marketing Claims
02:25 - Who the 3090 is Really For & NVIDIA Campaigns
06:15 - 8K Gaming Benchmarks
08:37 - NVIDIA Nuked Its Launch & Workstation Focus
11:13 - RTX 3090 Power Consumption Benchmarks
13:40 - Coldplate Flatness & Pressure on 3090 Founders Edition
14:55 - RTX 3090 FE Frequency vs. Temperature
15:54 - Fan Speed vs. Temperature on 3090 FE
16:30 - Noise Levels vs. Workload on 3090 FE
17:44 - 3080 vs. 3090 Noise Levels
18:22 - Red Dead Redemption 2 RTX 3090 Benchmarks (4K, 1440p & 1080p)
19:22 - Three Kingdoms GPU Benchmarks (3090 vs. RTX 3080)
20:15 - Rainbow Six: Siege Best GPUs (RTX 3090, 3080, 2080 Ti)
20:41 - Shadow of the Tomb Raider Video Card Benchmarks
21:33 - Horizon Zero Dawn GPU Benchmarks
21:58 - Quake II RTX GPU Benchmarks
22:43 - Control RTX GPU Benchmarks
22:55 - Conclusion: Mismarketed in Misleading, Self-Damaging Way


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Editorial, Testing: Steve Burke
Additional Testing: Patrick Lathan, Mike Gaglione
Video: Keegan Gallick, Andrew Coleman
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