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Su­per­charge your work­flows with the NVIDIA Ge­force RTX 3090

We take a closer look at NVIDIA’S flag­ship 30-se­ries graph­ics card, the Ge­force RTX 3090, to see if this gen­er­a­tional leap is one worth tak­ing

- Tech · Nvidia · Blender

Dig­i­tal con­tent cre­ators tend to be a rea­son­ably tech-savvy bunch, with a pretty good han­dle on trends, tools and tech­niques, but it can be hard to know what a gen­er­a­tional gap re­ally means on a daily ba­sis and whether mak­ing the step up from one tool to the lat­est ver­sion is re­ally an in­vest­ment worth mak­ing.

NVIDIA’S RTX se­ries of Ge­force graph­ics cards have been around for some time now, build­ing up an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and per­for­mance. With that in mind, what does the new king of the hill, the RTX 3090, have to of­fer?

Well, let’s start with the ob­vi­ous at­tributes. As well as being built around a new ar­chi­tec­ture, known as Am­pere, which in it­self brings a num­ber of per­for­mance hikes to the ta­ble with sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion ray trac­ing cores and third-gen­er­a­tion Ten­sor cores, the RTX 3090 houses an in­cred­i­ble 24GB of G6X mem­ory. Con­tent cre­ators, whether work­ing on 8K video edit­ing or 3D an­i­ma­tion and vis­ual ef­fects, all know that one of the pres­sure points in a daily pipe­line is the sheer vol­ume of data they throw at their work­sta­tions. Hav­ing this 24GB of fast mem­ory al­lows for en­tire com­plex 3D scenes to be held in the GPU’S buf­fer, sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing per­for­mance, as there is no need for the sys­tem to utilise out of core ren­der­ing. Not only does this de­liver mas­sive per­for­mance gains over pre­vi­ous hard­ware, but it can elim­i­nate soft­ware crashes and restarts.

With these ini­tial fac­tors in mind let’s take a look at some real-world bench­mark­ing that show­cases the per­for­mance ben­e­fits of the RTX 3090. First up is Oc­tane’s 2020.1 bench­mark­ing test. The RTX 3090 pro­vides a record re­sult of 684.34. This sit­u­a­tion may not be a typ­i­cal use case for all, so run­ning Blender’s test looks at an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent scenes and re­quire­ments. The re­sults can be seen in the im­age above, but it’s very telling that across the six tests the RTX 3090 is more than twice as fast as the 2080, one of the most pop­u­lar of the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, that used the Tur­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, rather than the new Am­pere.

Other than the at­tributes men­tioned al­ready there are two sig­nif­i­cant el­e­ments of the RTX 3090 that con­trib­ute to the out­stand­ing per­for­mance. First up is NVIDIA’S de­sign of the cool­ing sys­tem. We all know that in­creas­ing power tends to mean an in­crease in heat, with over­heat­ing be­com­ing an issue. When you are push­ing

8K video through Davinci Re­solve, with live grades and vis­ual ef­fects, some of which need to an­a­lyze the footage, then a sys­tem can get pretty warm – the RTX 3090 has this cov­ered with what NVIDIA calls a flow through de­sign, which works in tan­dem with the work­sta­tion chas­sis to pull in cold air and push the warm out.

Next up and prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant part of the equa­tion is the soft­ware. Any­body with even a small amount of ex­pe­ri­ence in com­put­ers knows that the driv­ers are the key to suc­cess. They let the hard­ware per­form at its peak, as well as play nicely with the rest of the sys­tem.

NVIDIA pro­vides two types of driv­ers for all Ge­force graph­ics cards. The first is aimed at hard­core gamers and de­liv­ers the best gaming ex­pe­ri­ence, while the sec­ond ‘Stu­dio Driver’ is aimed squarely at dig­i­tal con­tent cre­ation, which de­liv­ers the per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity that cre­ators de­mand. NVIDIA has re­searched what works, test­ing to find the per­fect so­lu­tions for the task at hand, so you know that, if you choose an NVIDIA Stu­dio certified prod­uct, you aren’t just buy­ing a com­puter, but the con­fi­dence that you can stay cre­ative and bring the worlds to life that your projects de­serve.

The pair­ing of world-class soft­ware and the im­pres­sive cut­ting-edge hard­ware means that there is, with­out a doubt, no bet­ter time to up­grade to the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of graph­ics cards, where some of the im­prove­ments have ac­tu­ally dou­bled the per­for­mance com­pared to the pre­vi­ous RTX 20xx of­fer­ings.

At the end of the day, in­vest­ing in new tools is about find­ing the bal­ance be­tween your cre­ative needs and weigh­ing the cost over up­grade. The RTX 3090 makes it clear that the time is now and the re­sults truly stand for them­selves.

Find out more about NVIDA at: bit.ly/rtx3090s­tu­dio


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