The GeForce RTX 4090 Vs. GeForce RTX 3090 Ti are both powerful cards, but which one is ideal for you? In this guide, we are going to do a detailed comparison between these two cards to help you make the right decision. 

The most recent and finest graphics card from NVIDIA is the GeForce RTX 4090. It features a whopping 24GB of GDDR6X memory and has a base clock speed of 2.23GHz. It also has a boost clock speed of 2.53GHz. However, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is also a serious rival. It also features 24GB of GDDR6X memory but has a base clock speed of 1.67GHz. Its boost clock speed is at 1.86GHz.

So, which one of these two cards is better? Let’s look more closely at this and find out.


Key Takeaways

  • The cost of these two cards is one of their main differences. Most gamers will consider the RTX 4090 to be a better value even though it is more expensive. The RTX 3090 Ti is a fantastic card if you’re on a limited budget, but for most people, the RTX 4090 is a better choice.
  • The newest graphics card from Nvidia, the GeForce RTX 4090, has a stunning 24GB of GDDR6X memory and a base clock speed of 2.23GHz. It also has a boost clock speed of 2.53GHz.
  • GeForce RTX 3090 Ti also boasts 24GB of GDDR6X memory, with a default clock speed of 1.67GHz. Its boost clock speed is at 1.86GHz.

GeForce RTX 4090 Specifications

GPU Engine Specs

  • NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 16384
  • Boost Clock (GHz): 2.52
  • Base Clock (GHz): 2.23

Memory Specs

  • Standard Memory Configuration: 24 GB GDDR6X
  • Memory Interface Width: 384-bit

Display Support

  • Maximum Digital Resolution: 7680×4320
  • HDCP: 2.3
  • Multi-Monitor: 4
  • Standard Display Connectors: HDMI, 3x DisplayPort

Thermal and Power Specs

  • Maximum GPU Temperature (in C): 90
  • Minimum System Power (W): 850 W
  • Graphics Card Power (W): 450 W

Card Dimensions

  • Length: 304 mm
  • Width: 137 mm
  • Slots: 3-Slot (61mm)

GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Specifications

GPU Engine Specs

  • NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 10752
  • Base Clock (GHz): 1.67
  • Boost Clock (GHz): 1.86

Memory Specs

  • Standard Memory Configuration: 24 GB GDDR6X
  • Memory Interface Width: 384-bit

Display Support

  • Maximum Digital Resolution: 7680×4320
  • HDCP: 2.3
  • Multi-Monitor: 4
  • Standard Display Connectors: HDMI, 3x DisplayPort

Thermal and Power Specs

  • Maximum GPU Temperature (in C): 92
  • Minimum System Power (W): 850 W
  • Graphics Card Power (W): 450 W

Card Dimensions

  • Length: 12.3″ (313 mm)
  • Width: 5.4″ (138 mm)
  • Slots: 3-Slot

Architecture Difference

Ada Lovelace Architecture

GeForce RTX 4090 features a new architecture that is based on NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace architecture. The RTX 4090 offers much more performance than its predecessor, thanks to its revolutionary architecture.

GeForce RTX 4090 also features a new design that allows for better cooling and quieter operation. Overall, the GeForce RTX 4090 is a significant upgrade over its predecessor and offers the best performance of any graphics card in the market.

Ampere Architecture

The Ampere architecture of the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is incredible. It is loaded with cutting-edge technology that offers incredible performance and power efficiency. The new RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors provide a significant increase in speed and effectiveness.

The new memory controller and NVLink interface provide ample bandwidth for high-resolution gaming and 4K content creation. The end result is a graphics card that sets a new standard for performance and power efficiency.

Gaming Performance

Now, we’ll see the benchmark results of GeForce RTX 4090 Vs. GeForce RTX 3090 Ti to see whether there is a difference between the on-page specifications and real battles or not. The comparison is done by playing different games at high resolution.

The GPUs have been tested in a variety of settings and compared against results obtained in actual gaming situations. We will compare power consumption, thermal output, and other metrics to determine which GPUs work best under what scenarios.

To see how these graphic cards compete, we’ll see the benchmarks done by Testing Games.

PC Specifications

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Processor: Core i9-12900K 
  • Motherboard: MSI MPG Z690 Force  
  • RAM: 32Gb RAM DDR5 5200Mhz 
  • Power Supply:  CORSAIR RM850i 850W 
  • CPU Cooler: Dark Rock Pro 4  
  • Graphics Cards: GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB  & GeForce RTX 4090 24GB 
  • SSD: 2xSAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB  

Intel Core i9-12900K, released in November of 2021, is a great processor for our comparison between GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. Because of its 16 cores, 32 threads, and a boost turbo frequency of 5.2 GHz.

In addition to this, we have got 32Gb of DDR5 RAM running at 5200MHz and the MSI motherboard with the extraordinary Z690 chipset.

To avoid any kind of memory and power-related issues like overclocking, we have used 2 SSDs of 1TB(SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280) and 850W of power supply which is enough for us to perform the benchmarks at high settings.

Red Dead Redemption 2 

RTX 3090 TI vs RTX 4090
Gameplay on Ultra Settings.

No doubt, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a great game to start our GeForce RTX 4090 Vs. GeForce RTX 3090 Ti comparison. It is built by Rockstar Games, which is the same company that is the creator of the GTA series. The open world, visuals, and gameplay of the game have all received high praise.

Being a high-end game, it also requires a high-end GPU and CPU to run smoothly. Looking at the benchmarks, we can say without hesitation that the latest RTX 4090 is leading the RTX 3090 Ti with a significant difference of 30.57%. With RTX 4090 having an average FPS of 121, the RTX 3090 Ti was lagging behind with an average FPS of 84.

The difference is almost negligible in the temperatures, with RTX 3090 Ti at 56 and RTX 4090 at 58 degrees centigrade.

Looking at the Low 1% and Low 0.1% results, the difference is also significant (almost 20 FPS in both situations). RTX 3090 Ti is providing much less FPS with almost the same temperature as the competitor here (RTX 4090).

Considering the power of both GPUs, the RTX 4090 is consuming 20% more power than the RTX 3090 TI. The 60W power consumption of the RTX 4090 is justified as it is providing more FPS at the same temperature compared to the RTX 3090 TI.

From the benchmark results, it is clear that the RTX 4090 will provide more smooth and sustained gameplay compared to the RTX 3090 TI.

God of War 

God of War
God of War on Ultra settings.

The next game on our list is God of War. It has been one of the most well-liked and well-known video games since its launch in 2018. The 3D graphics, massive boss fights, and savage violence of God of War are well-known features. Having good quality 3D visuals, the game needs a high-end GPU with a compatible high-end CPU.

As expected, the RTX 4090 is again leading the RTX 3090 TI, with a big difference. With RTX 4090 having an average FPS of 127 and RTX 3090 Ti has an average FPS of 88 FPS. The percentage difference between the average FPS of the two GPUs is almost 30.7%.

Moreover, the Low 1% FPS of the RTX 3090 Ti is 75, while the RTX 4090 manages to get it to 110 FPS. Which is also a significant difference. The same is in the case of a Low 0.1 FPS, where RTX 4090 is again leading the RTX 3090 Ti with a good margin.

The GPU temperature difference in this game is also not very large. With RTX 3090 Ti running at 59 degrees centigrade and RTX 4090 running at 64 degrees centigrade.

Next, talking about power consumption. The RTX 3090 Ti is consuming 51W, while the RTX 4090 is consuming 73W. That is a difference of almost 30.1%. This difference is high, but the RTX 4090 justifies it with its performance having a good lead when we are considering the FPS. More FPS means more smooth and good gameplay.

CYBERPUNK 2077

RTX 3090 TI vs RTX 4090
CYBERPUNK 2077: Ultra settings

One of the 2020s most anticipated games, CYBERPUNK 2077, is both a graphics and processor-intensive game. This means to run the game to its full extent, we should have a good GPU and CPU, which we have in our case. The game was benchmarked ultra High settings to get full out of both the GPUs. 

The average FPS of RTX 4090 has dropped as compared to the benchmarks we have seen above, but it is still leading when we compare it to RTX 3090 TI. RTX 3090 Ti has an average FPS of 43, while the winner, in this case, RTX 4090, has an average FPS of 77. Hence, we can say that the RTX 4090 is leading with a percentage difference of almost 44.1%.

Similarly, the RTX 4090 is also in the lead when we are talking about the Low 1% FPS and Low 0.1% FPS. The lead is also good in both of these cases. As RTX 4090 is leading in all the cases until now. 

The temperature difference is again negligible in this scenario. We can say that the temperature of RTX 3090 Ti is higher as RTX 4090 is giving 44.1% more average FPS at the same temperature.

The other factor to consider is power consumption. The RTX 4090 is again consuming more power(113W) than the RTX 3090 Ti because the RTX 4090(83W) is performing much better than the RTX 3090 TI. Between the two GPUs, there is an almost 26.5% difference in power consumption.

Dying Light 2  

GeForce RTX 4090 Vs GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
Dying Light 2 on Ultra Settings

Open-world first-person horror action-adventure video game Dying Light 2 was created by Polish game developer Techland. It has significantly improved graphics over its predecessor. The game’s environment is more detailed and realistic, with better lighting and particle effects. Character models and animations are also improved. So, it is a good game for our comparison guide.

Like the above games, the RTX 4090 is again leading the RTX 3090 Ti in average FPS by almost 42.8%, which is a large difference. The RTX 3090 Ti has an average FPS of 68, which is much less than that of the RTX 4090, which is 119 FPS.

Moreover, both of the graphics cards have a big difference in FPS, but their temperature is almost the same, with RTX 3090 Ti at 57 degrees centigrade and the RTX 4090 at 59 degrees centigrade.

Lastly, when talking about power consumption, we can see from the benchmarks that the RTX 4090 is consuming more power(40W), while RTX 3090 Ti is consuming 27W power, which is 32.5% less than the RTX 4090.

Forza Horizon 5  

GeForce RTX 4090 Vs RTX 3090 Ti
Forza 5 on Ultra settings.

The most recent game in the Forza Horizon series is Forza Horizon 5. The game debuts a brand-new open-world setting situated in the made-up Horizon universe. The game features a new day/night cycle, weather system, and dynamic seasons that affect race tracks and events. Due to its improved visuals and gameplay, it is a great game to put our two rivals together for comparison.

Like all the above cases, RTX 4090 is again a winner in this game, with an average FPS of 167. RTX 3090 TI, on the other side, is falling behind by over 38.3% with an average FPS of 103 FPS. The difference is significant, and RTX 4090 has again proved itself.

RTX 3090 Ti is providing low FPS at the temperature of 56-degree centigrade, while RTX 4090 provides a way larger average FPS at 57-degree centigrade. If we compare both the characteristics, RTX 4090 is the overall winner, as it is providing more FPS at almost the same temperature compared to the RTX 3090 TI.

Moreover, the difference in the FPS is also clear when considering the Low 1% and Low 0.1% FPS results. RTX 4090 is also a winner in this case, with a great lead.

Finally, when the factor of power consumption is discussed, there is a large difference of almost 29.6%. With RTX 3090 Ti consuming less power of 45W and RTX 4090 consuming 64W.

While playing the game, the main consideration of a gamer is smooth and sustained gameplay at a normal temperature. If these requirements are fulfilled, power consumption is not too much of an issue for many players if it is not getting out of the range.

CSGO 

RTX 3090 TI vs RTX 4090
CSGO on High Settings

A first-person shooter video game called CSGO, or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, was launched in 2012. It is an old game, but it is still a very capable game to get different GPUs and CPUs compared. 

To our surprise, CSGO is the first game in our benchmark testing of the games, in which both of our GPUs, GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, are providing almost the same result. Or we could say that there is almost no performance difference between the two GPUs.

When talking about the FPS, RTX 3090 Ti is leading with a small or negligible difference. On the other hand, the Low 1% and Low 0.1% FPS have a little more different than the average FPS. Where RTX 3090 Ti is leading the RTX 4090 by 6.5% at Low 1% and by 22.1% at Low 0.1%.

In the case of both GPUs, the temperature is essentially the same. The same is the case for power consumption, where RTX 3090 Ti is consuming 51W, and RTX 4090 is consuming 53W, which is not a big difference to consider.

Spider-Man  

Spider-Man
Spider-Man on High Settings

The next game, Spider-Man, is a video game based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. In 2018 it was created by Insomniac Games and released on the PlayStation 4 by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Due to its popularity among gamers, we have included this in our GeForce RTX 4090 Vs. GeForce RTX 3090 Ti comparison guide.

Looking at the benchmarks, we can see that the RTX 4090 is again winning with an average FPS of 114. While the RTX 3090 Ti is behind with an average FPS of 69. Computing the percentage difference, it comes out to be around 39.4%.

A similar pattern is visible in the case of Low 1% and 0.1% FPS. Talking about the Low 1% FPS, the RTX 3090 Ti is behind, having 54 FPS, while the RTX 4090 has 80 FPS. While the figures are 49 and 54 FPS for RTX 3090 Ti and RTX 4090, respectively, in the case of Low 0.1% FPS.

Having a big difference in average FPS, the temperature of the two GPUs is the same, which means RTX 4090 is again a winner in this scenario. This means that the RTX 4090 justifies its more price.

The power consumption in this game is a point to be noticed. The RTX 4090 is consuming a large amount of power as compared to the RTX 3090 TI. In the figures, the value for RTX 3090 Ti is 76W, and for RTX 4090, it is 126W. Which comes out to a great difference of almost 39.6 percent.

Hitman 3  

GeForce RTX 4090 Vs GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
Hitman 3 on Ultra settings.

The most loved game by stealth games players, Hitman 3, has been included in our comparison guide to check the performances of our two GPUs.

Without any surprise, the winner here again is RTX 4090, with an average FPS of 165, keeping the RTX 3090 Ti behind, which has an average FPS of 108. The RTX 4090 is again leading with an average FPS difference of almost  34.5%. We can say that the RTX 4090 hasn’t disappointed us in any manner.

Moreover, talking about the Low 1% FPS, the values are 82 and 125 FPS for RTX 3090 Ti and RTX 4090, respectively. Which is again a big difference. Similarly, the difference is visible in the case of Low 0.1% FPS, where RTX 3090 Ti has the figure of 80 FPS while RTX 4090 leads with 111 FPS.

Talking about the temperature, it is nominal in the case of both GPUs. The temperature figure for RTX 3090 Ti is 58 degrees centigrade, while the temperature is 64 degrees centigrade in the case of RTX 4090, which is almost a difference of 9.3%.

Next comes power consumption. Like all other cases, RTX 4090 is consuming more power as compared to RTX 3090 TI. The RTX 3090 Ti is consuming 49W power while RTX 4090 is consuming 29% more power which is 69W. This more power consumption is justified according to the performance the RTX 4090 provides.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn
The gameplay of Horizon Zero Dawn: Ultra settings.

The next game in our comparison of the RTX 4090 and 3090 Ti is Horizon: Zero Dawn by Guerrilla Games. Thanks to the amazing optimization work done by the creators, every PlayStation 4 exclusive that has made it to PC runs flawlessly.

The game is among the greatest, thanks to its stunning visuals and interesting plot. However, a strong computer is required to play the game. Its open-world layout demands a strong graphics card and CPU.

While running the benchmarks for this game, the difference between the two graphics cards is also clear. Having a high price, RTX 4090 also provides a good average FPS of 139. The RTX 3090 TI, on the other hand, is falling below an average FPS of 90. Having a percentage difference of almost 35.2%.

Additionally, the distinction is obvious when we are talking about the Low 1% and Low 0.1%. In the case of a Low 1% FPS, the values are 76 and 109 FPS for RTX 3090 Ti and RTX 4090, respectively. Moreover, when considering the Low 0.1% FPS, the RTX 3090 Ti has 69 FPS while RTX 4090 has 80 FPS, which is much closer than the other game benchmarks.

The temperature difference is just one-degree centigrade, which is negligible. We can say that both GPUs are operating at the same temperature, but the FPS difference is high.

Finally, talking about the power consumption, the RTX 3090 Ti is consuming 67W power while the RTX 4090 is consuming almost 92W power. The percentage difference is almost 27.1%.

Overall, the RTX 4090 will provide good gameplay in this game compared to the RTX 3090 TI.

Conclusion

As we have gone through both GPUs in detail, it’s time to figure out which one you should get. As we have compared GeForce RTX 4090 Vs. GeForce RTX 3090 Ti by comparing their specifications and gaming benchmarks on different games.

From all the gaming benchmarks we have done, and the specifications discussed, it is clear that GeForce RTX 4090 is superior to GeForce RTX 3090 TI. 

GeForce RTX 4090 has performed better in every game except for the one, which is CSGO. But the results are very close in that case also. The RTX 4090 has performed extraordinarily well when FPS results are considered. The temperature difference is also negligible in the case of these two GPUs. 

However, GeForce RTX 4090 consumes more power than the GeForce RTX 3090 TI, but the margin is not too huge. The RTX 4090 justifies the more power consumption by the performance it provides.

The main difference between the two GPUs is their price, with the RTX 4090 being more expensive than the RTX 3090 TI. But the RTX 4090 provides a way better FPS than the RTX 3090 TI, which means that the price will not be the main problem for users who want smooth and sustained gameplay.

But the RTX 3090 Ti is a good option for those who are on a budget and want to enjoy a good gaming experience. If you’re shopping for a new graphics card, we suggest going cautiously because you might not require a card with that much power for the games you play.

If you have the resources, any card will function effectively for you as long as you have additional components that can match the performance. We have explained everything from our side. As always, see you at the next one! If you are curious how the older and cheaper RTX 3090 performs against the RTX 4090, read our separate article for different results. 

Common Questions Answered

What are the best features of the GeForce RTX 4090?

Exceptional performance can be found in the GeForce RTX 4090, a top-tier graphics card. Some of its best features include its high clock speed, large memory capacity, and support for 4K resolution.

Which is better for gaming? GeForce RTX 4090 or GeForce RTX 3090 Ti?

The GeForce RTX 4090 has more powerful hardware, making it excellent for gaming. GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is also a good choice for gaming, but it is not as powerful as the 4090.

Is the GeForce RTX 4090 worth it over RTX 3090 TI?

The GeForce RTX 4090 is the most powerful graphics card on the market, and it is worth the extra money over the RTX 3090 Ti if you need the extra power. The RTX 4090 has more clock speed than the RTX 3090 TI, and it is also faster at rendering and gaming.

Is the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti good for 4K gaming?

The 3090 Ti is a great choice for 4K gaming. It has enough power to handle the most demanding games at high settings, and it also comes with features like G-Sync and HDR support that makes it a great choice for gamers who want the best possible experience.

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