GuidesComparisonsRTX 4090 Vs RTX 3090:

RTX 4090 Vs RTX 3090: [Gaming Benchmarks]

My RTX 4090 vs RTX 3090 guide will tell you all the differences between the two graphics cards by comparing them in all categories.

The RTX 4090 is a massive, high-performing, and power-hungry graphics card from NVIDIA. It’s designed to outperform the RTX 3090. In this guide, I’ll provide a detailed comparison between the RTX 4090 vs RTX 3090 to determine how much better the new graphics card really is.

Key Takeaways

  • During my gaming benchmarks analysis, the RTX 4090 left the RTX 3090 in the dust with over 53.6% better performance on average.
  • Not only that, but the Ada Lovelace GPU also ran 0.6% cooler on average in the 10 games I tested. 
  • The RTX 4090 also consumed about 16.8% more power on average than the RTX 3090.

Comparison Table

Technical Specs GeForce RTX 4090 GeForce RTX 3090
GPU Name AD102 GA102
Architecture Ada Lovelace Ampere
Transistors 76,300 million 28,300 million
Shading Units 16384 10496
Tensor Cores 512 328
RT Cores 128 82
TMUs 512 328
ROPs 176 112
L1 Cache 128 KB (per SM) 128 KB per Array
L2 Cache 72 MB 6 MB
Memory Bus Width 384 bit 384 bit
Memory Bandwidth 1,008 GB/s 936.2 GB/s
Suggested PSU 850W 750W
Release Date Sep 20th, 2022 Sep 1st, 2020
Approximated Price 1,599 USD 1200 USD
Best Variants BEST RTX 4090 Cards BEST RTX 3090 Cards

Architectural Differences

  1. Process Node: The RTX 4090 utilizes a more advanced 5nm process node, while the RTX 3090 employs an 8nm process node. This indicates a significant improvement in power efficiency and performance for the RTX 4090.
  2. Clock Speed: The RTX 4090 operates at a base clock of 2235 MHz and a boost clock of 2520 MHz, marking a substantial increase over the RTX 3090’s 1395 MHz base clock and 1695 MHz boost clock. This results in a notable performance boost for the RTX 4090.
  3. VRAM: Both the RTX 4090 and RTX 3090 feature 24GB of GDDR6X VRAM, offering ample memory for high-resolution gaming, content creation, and demanding workloads.
  4. TDP: The RTX 4090 has a higher TDP of 450W compared to the RTX 3090’s 350W TDP. This means that the RTX 4090 may require a more robust power supply and cooling solution.
  5. Supported Technologies: Both the RTX 4090 and RTX 3090 support DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), an AI-driven technology that enhances gaming performance and image quality. However, the RTX 4090 might benefit from DLSS improvements due to its newer architecture, potentially offering better results.

Also Learn: In-depth MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Review

RTX 4090 Vs. RTX 3090 Gaming Benchmarks

The GeForce RTX 4090 clearly outpaces its predecessor, the RTX 3090, in terms of performance and capabilities. Let’s dive into a detailed analysis of their gaming benchmarks to quantify the extent of this upgrade.

The following rig is used in the gaming benchmarks:

  • Processor: Core i9-13900K
  • Motherboard: ROG MAXIMUS Z690 EXTREME
  • RAM: Corsair Vengance 2X16 GB 5200mhz
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 3090
  • CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 360
  • Storage: 2x Corsair Force Series MP600 1TB Gen4 PCIe X4 NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Resolution: 4K

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5 (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The RTX 4090 outperforms the RTX 3090 by an impressive 62.4% in FPS, averaging 164 FPS in Forza Horizon 5 compared to the RTX 3090’s 86 FPS.
  • Thermal efficiency remains similar in my testings, with the RTX 4090 at 65°C and the RTX 3090 at 63°C, a negligible 3.1% difference.
  • The RTX 4090 consumes approximately 13.8% more power than the RTX 3090, with a 420.8W power draw compared to the RTX 3090’s 366.3W at 98% usage.
  • Even with 1% low performance, the RTX 4090 maintains a 64% lead, dropping to 132 FPS, while the RTX 3090 dips to 68 FPS.

Learn More: RTX 4090 Vs RTX 3090 Ti

Watch Dogs: Legion 

Watch Dogs: Legion 
Watch Dogs: Legion (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • While I was testing this AAA title, the RTX 4090 continued to dominate, averaging 142 FPS in the game, leaving the RTX 3090 far behind at 79 FPS, a remarkable 57% lead in favor of the RTX 4090.
  • Surprisingly, the RTX 4090 runs cooler than the RTX 3090 during Watch Dogs: Legion, with temperatures of 60°C compared to the RTX 3090’s 66°C. This 9.5% temperature advantage highlights the thermal efficiency of the Ada Lovelace microarchitecture.
  • As expected, the power consumption aligns with the GPUs’ TDP. The RTX 4090 consumes 429.6W, while the RTX 3090 draws approximately 17.5% less power at 360.4W due to the RTX 4090’s higher TDP.
  • The performance gap widens to 57.9% in 1% lows, with the RTX 4090 achieving 109 FPS and the RTX 3090 only managing 60 FPS.

Also Check: RTX 4070 Ti Vs RTX 3090

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • Again, my test showed the RTX 4090 continues its dominance, delivering an average of 160 FPS in the game, leaving the RTX 3090 lagging behind at 85 FPS, a significant 61.2% performance advantage for the RTX 4090.
  • Despite its outstanding performance, the RTX 4090 maintains a slight edge in thermal efficiency, running just 1.5% hotter than the RTX 3090 in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, with temperatures of 64°C and 63°C, respectively.
  • Even with a 96% usage rate, the RTX 4090 falls below its 450W TDP at 415.5W. In contrast, the RTX 3090 exceeds its 350W TDP at 369.9W with 97% usage, leading to the RTX 4090 consuming approximately 11.6% more power.
  • The performance disparity extends to 1% lows, with the RTX 4090 achieving an impressive 157 FPS, while the RTX 3090 lags at 81 FPS, resulting in a remarkable 63.8% difference.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • My Red Dead Redemption 2 benchmark shows a performance gap between the RTX 4090 and RTX 3090, but the RTX 4090 maintains a notable 49.5% advantage. It achieves an average of 126 FPS, surpassing the RTX 3090’s 76 FPS.
  • The temperature difference remains marginal, with the RTX 4090 at 65°C and the RTX 3090 slightly cooler at 63°C, representing a mere 3.1% variation.
  • Power consumption aligns with expectations, with the RTX 4090 consuming 420.9W and the RTX 3090 using 366.3W. The RTX 4090, despite its higher performance, consumes approximately 13.8% more power but remains within its TDP.
  • In 1% lows, the trend continues, with the RTX 4090 experiencing drops to approximately 100 FPS, while the RTX 3090 lags at around 61 FPS, resulting in a 48.4% lead for the RTX 4090.

Learn More: RTX 3080 Vs RTX 3090

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • In this test, the RTX 4090 delivers as expected, with a remarkable 52.8% better average FPS. The RTX 4090 boasts an impressive 158 FPS on average, while the RTX 3090 struggles to break the 100 FPS barrier, running at 92 FPS.
  • In Horizon Zero Dawn, the RTX 4090 demonstrates superior thermal efficiency, running at 62°C, while the RTX 3090 operates at 65°C. Although the 4.7% temperature difference may seem modest, it underscores the RTX 4090’s excellent thermal performance.
  • Similar to before, my testing revealed the power-hungry RTX 4090 drew 427.7W of power during Horizon Zero Dawn, marking a 16.7% increase compared to the RTX 3090’s 361.7W power consumption.
  • The 1% lows mirror the same trend, with the RTX 4090 dropping only to 122 FPS, while the RTX 3090 lags behind by about 47.7%, reaching 75 FPS.

Also Read: RTX 4070 Vs RTX 3090

Hitman 3

Hitman 3
Hitman 3 (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • As observed throughout my analysis, the RTX 4090 continues to dominate its predecessor. In Hitman 3, the RTX 4090 delivers an impressive 59.1% lead in average FPS, running the game at 184 FPS compared to the RTX 3090’s 100 FPS.
  • The difference in thermals remains minimal, with a mere 1°C distinction; the RTX 4090 runs at 63°C, and the RTX 3090 at 64°C.
  • In terms of power consumption, the RTX 4090 consumes approximately 17.2% more power at 429.1W, while the RTX 3090 draws around 360.8W, in line with expectations.
  • In my benchmarking, the performance gap widens in the 1% lows, with the RTX 4090 dropping to 150 FPS and the RTX 3090 lagging behind by approximately 60.8%, reaching only 80 FPS.

Aslo Check: RTX 4080 Vs RTX 3090

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • In Far Cry 6, the RTX 4090 delivers an average FPS of 165, while the RTX 3090 struggles to reach triple digits, with an average of 103 FPS. The performance gap exceeds 46.2%, marking the lowest margin we’ve encountered in my analysis.
  • Similar to Hitman 3, the thermal performance in Far Cry 6 is almost identical, with a slight 1°C difference. The RTX 4090 operates at 63°C, while the RTX 3090 runs at 64°C.
  • Regarding power consumption, the RTX 4090, with its recommended 850W PSU, consumes around 421.3W, which is approximately 14% more power than the RTX 3090, drawing 365.9W, in alignment with expectations.
  • The 1% lows reveal a 41.9% difference, with the RTX 4090 dropping to 124 FPS and the RTX 3090 plummeting to as low as 81 FPS, again, the lowest margin we’ve observed so far, just like the average FPS.

Also Read: RTX 4090 Vs RX 6900 XT

Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • Throughout my test of Dying Light 2, the RTX 4090 maintained an average of 104 FPS at 4k, outshining its predecessor, the RTX 3090, which only reached 60 FPS. This translates to a substantial 53.6% difference in FPS, securing another substantial win for the RTX 4090.
  • In terms of temperatures, the RTX 3090 consistently ran a degree hotter at 64°C compared to the RTX 4090, which maintained a temperature of 63°C, despite delivering significantly superior average FPS.
  • The most significant power consumption difference encountered was in Dying Light, with a substantial 19.8% gap. The RTX 3090 drew around 356.7W, while the RTX 4090 exhibited higher power consumption, consuming a substantial 435.1W.
  • In the 1% lows, the RTX 3090 dipped below by 52.1%, down to about 51 FPS. Meanwhile, the RTX 4090 demonstrated notably better performance, with a drop to 87 FPS.

Also Check: RTX 4080 vs RTX 4090

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • Running Cyberpunk 2077 at 4K, the RTX 4090 maintains a smooth performance with an average of 84 FPS, while the RTX 3090 falls significantly behind with only 49 average FPS, marking a substantial 52.6% performance advantage for the RTX 4090.
  • Despite the minor temperature variation in Cyberpunk 2077, both GPUs maintain a similar level of thermal efficiency. The RTX 4090 runs at 64°C, just one degree hotter than the RTX 3090’s 63°C.
  • In this title, the power consumption gap widened further during my tests, with the RTX 4090 drawing 440.2W and the RTX 3090 displaying greater power efficiency, consuming approximately 21.8% less power at 353.4W.
  • In the 1% lows, the RTX 4090 impressively records 71 FPS, which is still approximately 49.1% higher than the RTX 3090’s 43 FPS.

Also Read: RTX 4090 Vs RTX 3090 Ti

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • Running Far Cry 6, the RTX 4090 consistently delivers a strong performance with an average of 122 FPS. In comparison, the RTX 3090 lags behind at 83 average FPS, marking a notable 38% performance advantage for the RTX 4090.
  • Similar to what I observed before, there is minimal difference in thermal performance. The RTX 4090 runs at approximately 65°C, which is only around 3.1% hotter than the RTX 3090’s temperature of 63°C, making the difference virtually negligible.
  • Interestingly, the power consumption remains consistent with the figures seen in Cyberpunk 2077. The RTX 3090 draws 353.4W, while the RTX 4090 consumes approximately 21.8% more power at 440.2W.
  • The performance gap between the two GPUs diminishes even further in the 1% lows. The RTX 4090 experiences a slight dip to 79 FPS, while the RTX 3090 drops to 62 FPS, resulting in an overall 49.1% improvement in favor of the RTX 4090.

Also Check: RTX 4090 Vs RTX 3080 Ti

Overall Gaming Performance

Overall Gaming Performance
Overall Gaming Performance (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • After evaluating the benchmark performance of 10 games at 4K resolution, it’s evident that the GeForce RTX 4090 stands in a league of its own with an impressive average of 140.9 FPS.
  • The RTX 4090 started with a substantial lead, which is remarkable considering it was pitted against the formidable RTX 3090, which achieves an average of approximately 81.3 FPS.
  • When taking an average of all the gaming benchmarks that I analyzed, the RTX 4090 outperformed the RTX 3090 at 4K resolution, boasting well over a 53.6% increase in FPS, showcasing its remarkable gaming capabilities.

Average Power Consumption

Average Power Consumption
Average Power Consumption (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • As expected, the RTX 4090 is a power-hungry powerhouse, consuming an average of approximately 16.8% more power compared to the RTX 3090.
  • The RTX 4090 during my tests, exhibited an average power consumption of 428W, while the RTX 3090 drew an average of 361.4W.
  • It’s crucial to note that the RTX 4090’s substantial power requirements emphasize the necessity of utilizing a power supply unit (PSU) that meets or exceeds its recommended wattage. Failing to do so could potentially pose risks.

Average Thermal Statistics

Average Thermal Statistics
Average Thermal Statistics (2160p) Gaming Benchmarks – Image Credits (Tech4Gamers)
  • The colossal size of the RTX 4090 becomes justified when discussing its thermal efficiency, thanks to its substantial cooler.
  • Remarkably, in each of the 8 games subjected to my testing, the RTX 4090 exhibited slightly superior thermal performance, measuring around 0.6% cooler than the RTX 3090.
  • During these tests, the RTX 4090 maintained an operating temperature of approximately 63.4°C, while the RTX 3090 operated at 63.8°C.

Price And Availability

  • Currently, during my research, I found that the RTX 3090 is priced at approximately 1200 USD when looking at platforms such as Newegg. In comparison, the RTX 4090 is set at an MSRP of 1599 USD.
  • This creates a notable price gap of roughly 28.5% between the two graphics cards.

RTX 4090 Vs. RTX 3090: Which One Would I Recommend?

  • From my first-hand experience, I confidently recommend the RTX 4090 for gamers seeking unparalleled performance. It delivers an outstanding 53.6% increase in FPS compared to the RTX 3090, making it the top choice for 4K gaming.
  • While it does have a slightly higher power consumption of around 16.8% more than the RTX 3090, the RTX 4090 maintains commendable thermal performance. I’ve noticed that it runs only 0.6% cooler than its predecessor in various gaming scenarios.
  • Consider the price gap of roughly 28.5% between the two graphics cards. If you’re looking for a gaming powerhouse and are willing to invest in a premium GPU, the RTX 4090 stands as a compelling choice. 

Pros And Cons

GPU Pros Cons
GeForce RTX 4090
  • Capable of delivering viable ray tracing performance at 4K resolution.
  • A fantastic choice for creative professionals who can harness its powerful capabilities.
  • Overkill for most games, even at 4K, which can make it a costly investment for gaming purposes.
  • The 16-pin connector can challenge cable management skills and compatibility.
GeForce RTX 3090
  • A phenomenal choice for professionals, offering remarkable value.
  • Equipped with outstanding cooling solutions to maintain optimal temperatures.
  • The card’s triple-slot design may limit compatibility in smaller cases.
  • Admittedly, the premium features and performance come with a high price tag.

FAQs

Is the GeForce RTX 4090 good for 4K gaming?

As I saw in my benchmark analysis, the RTX 4090 performed exceptionally well in running all of the 4K games.

Do I need to upgrade my PSU for the RTX 4090?

Yes, if your current PSU is rated for anything below 850W, then you should definitely get a new one. As I saw in my analysis, the RTX 4090 consumes ~18% more power than its predecessor. So, it’s best to get a top-of-the-line PSU.

How much is an RTX 4090 going for?

Even though the RTX 4090 has an MSRP of $1599, the card is currently available on Amazon for upwards of $2299. It is undoubtedly an expensive card, but it is also the most powerful gaming GPU ever made.

Was our article helpful? 👨‍💻

Thank you! Please share your positive feedback. 🔋

How could we improve this post? Please Help us. 😔

Related articles

RTX 4090 Vs RTX 3080 Ti: Should You Upgrade?

Our RTX 4090 vs. RTX 3080 Ti guide will tell you all the differences between the two graphics cards by comparing them in all categories.

RTX 4090 Vs RTX 3090 Ti [Gaming Benchmarks 2022]

The GeForce RTX 4090 Vs. GeForce RTX 3090 Ti...

Intel i9-13900k Vs Ryzen 9 7900X [Benchmarks Tested]

Our Intel Core i9-13900k vs. AMD Ryzen 9 7900X guide is here to tell you all the differences between these two processors.

LGA 1200 Vs LGA 1700: All Differences

To help you understand the difference between LGA 1200 Vs LGA 1700, we are going to discuss everything there is to know about them.

Similar Guides

Uzair Qureshi
Uzair Qureshi
[Comparisons Specialist] I'm a passionate computer hardware expert specializing in CPUs and GPUs. With a lifelong curiosity for hardware and extensive hands-on experience, I provide valuable insights, practical advice, and in-depth analysis on these components. Engaging with the hardware community, I exchange knowledge and stay at the forefront of technological advancements. Get In Touch: uzair@tech4gamers.com Uzair Qureshi Google IT Support Certificate