The "world's fastest graphics card" and the most expensive, is now here.
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Nvidia officially launched their $1,999 (USD) GeForce RTX 3090 Ti today. The "world's fastest graphics card" was first announced back in January and was finally released today by Nvidia and partners like Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, Zotac, and more. There will be a limited edition Founders Edition of the card available through Best Buy's online store.

The power hungry GPU is a triple-slot design, much like its predecessor the non-Ti RTX 3090. It includes 24GB of GDDR6X memory running at 21GB/s. This is the same amount of VRAM as on the 3090 non-Ti but with a roughly 7.7% faster closck speed. The base clock is set to 1560MHz with a boost clock at 1695MHz. The 3090 Ti also includes 10,752 CUDA cores.

As far as performance goes, it's kind of not super great? At least not when compared against the RTX 3090. While Nvidia says that the RTX 3090 Ti will average 64% greater performance than the RTX 2080 Ti, it is just 9% faster than the RTX 3090.

Also, just because the starting price is set at $1,999, that doesn't mean the partner cards will be priced as such. No, expect those partner cards to be priced significantly higher than $2,000.

This pricing is especially terrible when you realize that the non-Ti 3090 started at $1,499. Many reviews say that the 3090 Ti only performs 5-9% above the 3090. That is a 20% increase in price for single digit gains in actual performance.

The RTX 3090 Ti will also draw upwards of 450 watts, though some partner cards may pull even more. This is an increase of 100 watts from the RTX 3090. The RTX 3090 Ti will also need a 16-pin PCIe Gen5 power cable. As most power supplies don't have that, Nvidia is including a dongle that will require three 8-pin connectors. The company says that an 850 watt power supply is the minimum you will need, but more realistically you should be looking at a 1,000 watt power supply for your system.

Who exactly is the RTX 3090 Ti for then? Well, if you have a ton of money and absolutely must have the "best" hardware out there, this card is for you. This card is also for you if you are one of the handful of people with an 8K display and are fine with non-maxed settings at 60fps. Beyond that? It's not really a card you should be looking at.