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NVIDIA’s new RTX 3090 Ti display is astonishing with its yellow price. On the other hand, when the power of the card is limited to 300W, it apparently turns into one of the most efficient GPUs in the Ampere architecture. A recent Igor’sLab review tested an MSI Suprim X RTX 3090 Ti with power limited to just 300W. The results are surprising.

GeForce RTX 3090 Ti reference model takes consumer-grade power consumption to another dimension and comes with a 450W limit. In certain special cooled display cards, it can reach up to 550W. In other words, even if the RTX 3090 Ti is the fastest gaming card on the planet, it still falls short when it comes to efficiency.

So what happens if we turn down the power of the RTX 3090 Ti? Igor rolled up his sleeves to see this and the results are truly impressive. In this process, the power limit is set to 300W when using MSI Afterburner. While adjusting the frequency speeds, the VF setting was used.

In comparison, MSI’s Suprim X models are all factory overclocked so similar Suprim X versions of the RTX 3080 10GB/12GB, RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090 were tested to get everything balanced. On the AMD side, the overclocked RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT Gaming X versions were used.

Shortened RTX 3090 Ti Performance

10 games tested in 4K resolution: Borderlands 3, Control, FarCry 6, Ghost Recon Breoint, Horizon Zero Dawn, Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs Legion, Wolfenstein Youngblood, and World War Z.

The power-limited RTX 3090 Ti’s performance is nearly identical to the Suprim X RTX 3080 Ti in all games. The RTX 3090 Ti averaged 96.3 FPS, and when it came to the RTX 3080 Ti, it averaged 97.7 FPS. But the power consumption between the two cards is very different.

The RTX 3090 Ti drew a maximum of 314 watts at the peak, while the RTX 3080 Ti reached up to 409W. This represents an almost 30% improvement in power efficiency for the RTX 3090 Ti. On the other hand, the restricted RTX 3090 Ti (300W) achieved better gaming performance than the Radeon RX 6800 XT (319W) and managed to outperform by 16%. Similarly, the RTX 3080 10GB drew 351 watts but was 11% weaker than the 3090 Ti, which was capped at 300W.


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