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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090: release date, where to buy, price and specs


The RTX 3090 is the new king of Nvidia’s next-gen RTX 3000 series. Dubbed the “BFGPU” of the Nvidia Ampere family (that’s a reference to Doom’s BFG, in case you’re wondering), the RTX 3090 is not only the world’s fastest graphics card, but it’s also the first one to play and capture games in 8K, too (although the number of 8K displays around at the moment is practically zero).

No one really needs an RTX 3090, but people with more money than sense will want it anyway because it’s set to be one of the best graphics cards you can buy for the foreseeable future – and we finally know how much this colossal GPU is going to cost, where you can buy one, when it’s coming out and what its specs are.

I’ll be updating this article on a regular basis as we get closer to the RTX 3090’s launch later this month, so be sure to check back often so you can stay up to date. I’ll be testing the RTX 3090 myself very soon, too, so it won’t be long before we can see exactly what kind of speeds this ludicrously overpowered GPU is capable of producing.

RTX 3090: What you need to know

What is it? Nvidia’s first 8K gaming GPU
When is it coming out? September 24th
How much is it? £1399 / $1499

RTX 3090 release date

The RTX 3090 is releasing worldwide on September 24th, a week after the RTX 3080. It will be the second Ampere GPU Nvidia to come out (with the RTX 3070 following in October).

It’s widely expected that both the Nvidia Founders Edition and third party versions of the card from Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, EVGA and other manufacturers will be available on the same day. You might find it difficult to get hold of one until early next year, though, as stock levels are rumoured to be very low for the rest of this year.

Nvidia's CEO Jensen Huang holding the enormous RTX 3090

RTX 3090 price

The RTX 3090 is the most powerful GPU in Nvidia’s RTX 3000 family, and it has the price to match, with the Nvidia Founders Edition of the RTX 3090 costing £1399 in the UK and $1499 in the US. Third party versions of the card, however, are likely to be a lot more expensive depending on how much they’ve been factory overclocked by the manufacturers.

On the plus side, if you buy an RTX 3090 between its release date and October 29th, you’ll also get a free copy of Watch Dogs Legions and a year’s subscription to GeForce Now.

Where to buy an RTX 3090

The RTX 3090 isn’t on sale just yet, but several retailers have already put up their product pages for the RTX 3090, as well as various bits of pricing information. The RTX 3090’s release time on September 24th will likely be the same as the RTX 3080 – that is, 6am PT / 2pm BST, but I’ll update this article with more information as soon as it becomes available.

In the meantime, these are the retailers selling the RTX 3090 in the UK:

The US doesn’t have quite as many retailers with RTX 3090 price listing just yet, but I’ll update this list with more as they start coming through:

So far, these are the cheapest RTX 3090 prices I can find in the UK and the US, but more will no doubt be coming through as we get closer to its official launch on September 24th. I’ll be adding more RTX 3090 cards to this list soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

RTX 3090 specs

As you’d expect from the BFGPU of Nvidia’s RTX 3000 family, the RTX 3090 has the best specs of the lot, coming in with a massive 24GB of memory like the outgoing Nvidia RTX Titan, and an enormous number of CUDA cores. Nvidia haven’t released all of the RTX 3090’s specs just yet, such as memory speed or memory bandwidth, but I’ve summarised the keys specs they have announced below.

RTX 3090 specs

CUDA Cores: 10496
Base / Boost Clock: 1.4GHz / 1.7GHz
VRAM: 24GB GDDR6X
Memory Interface Width: 384-bit
Power: 350W
Recommended System Power: 750W

Despite being much closer in price to the RTX 2080 Ti, Nvidia have positioned the RTX 3090 as a replacement to the RTX Titan rather than the 2080 Ti. Previously, Nvidia’s Titan GPUs weren’t really classed as consumer graphics cards. They used the same architecture as their GeForce siblings, but were very much intended for professional content creation rather than purely for gaming. With the RTX 3090, however, Nvidia have left the Titan name behind and created a new 90 tier right at the top of their RTX 3000 family, no doubt in the hopes of persuading ardent enthusiasts to cough up a bit more cash so they’ve got the latest and greatest.

The RTX 3090 also comes with 2nd Gen ray tracing cores and 3rd Gen Tensor cores for improved ray tracing and DLSS performance. Nvidia say their RTX 3000 series will be able to offer up to twice the ray tracing performance compared to the previous generation, although so far, they’ve only released figures that show each card’s combined ray tracing and DLSS performance as opposed to their raw ray tracing speeds. As a result, it’s probably best to take this figure with a pinch of salt until proper benchmarks start to come through. Either way, the RTX 3090 is sure to be significantly faster than the RTX 2080 Ti. That much is pretty much a given at this point.

A graph showing how Ampere's ray tracing performance compares to Turing

This graph shows how Ampere’s ray tracing performance compares to Turing as a whole, but the figures aren’t particularly useful.

As Nvidia were keen to point out during their RTX 3000 series launch event, the RTX 3090 is the first consumer graphics card to be able to play games in 8K. That’s a resolution of 7680×4320, which is four times as many pixels as 4K. At the moment, 8K gaming monitors don’t really exist yet. Instead, we’re only just about starting to see 8K TVs coming through, and even then the cheapest of the lot will set you back at least £3000 / $3000-odd. As a result, you’re going to need a heck of a lot money if you’re really going to make the most of what the RTX 3090 is capable of when it comes to raw gaming performance.

At the moment, Nvidia are promising speeds of 60fps at 8K on the RTX 3090, and have released the following graph to show you what to expect. As you can see below, some games such as Control, Wolfenstein: Youngblood and even Death Stranding will be largely unplayable in 8K without the assistance of Nvidia’s DLSS tech.

A graph showing the RTX 3090's 8K gaming performance.

The good news is that Nvidia are developing a special DLSS 8K Ultra Performance mode for the RTX 3090, which will accelerate its DLSS performance even further in supported games. At time of writing, these games include Boundary, Bright Memory: Infinite, Control, Death Stranding, Justice, Minecraft, Ready Or Note, Scavengers, Watch Dogs Legion and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, but it’s currently unknown whether more games will follow in their wake (and how quickly we can expect them to get support added in).

Naturally, you’re going to need a beefy power supply so you don’t end up throttling the RTX 3090, and Nvidia recommend you have a 750W PSU at the absolute minimum. The Founders Edition of the RTX 3090 will also make use of Nvidia’s new 12-pin power connector, but the good news is that an adapter for this will be included in the box. Third party RTX 3090 cards, on the other hand, only need a regular 2x 8-pin power connector.


Those are the headline facts for the RTX 3090, and I’ll be updating this article with more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can read all about our favourite GPUs in our roundup of the best graphics cards, what games currently support ray tracing and DLSS, as well as find all the best current graphics card prices in our regularly updated graphics card deals hub.

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