NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090

Compare NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

137 %
211 %
54% significantly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

318 FPS
482 FPS
163 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

166 FPS
242 FPS
76 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

238 FPS
356 FPS
118 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

132 FPS
193 FPS
61 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

3DMark Graphics score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

78% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score
Blender score

Blender score

Cycles Render (Samples per minute)

102% significantly higher Blender score
Geekbench 6 (OpenCL) score

Geekbench 6 (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

66% significantly higher Geekbench 6 (OpenCL) score
Geekbench 6 (Vulkan) score

Geekbench 6 (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

45% significantly higher Geekbench 6 (Vulkan) score


Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1400 MHz
2235 MHz
59% significantly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1695 MHz
2520 MHz
48% significantly higher boost clock speed


Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

24 GiB
24 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

384 Bit
384 Bit


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

350 W
28% slightly lower TDP
450 W

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

189.8 Gigapixels/s
483.8 Gigapixels/s
154% significantly higher pixel rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

35.58 TFLOPS
82.58 TFLOPS
132% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

56% significantly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

56% significantly more texture mapping units

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

71% significantly more render output processors

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

9th of 549
2nd of 549

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

September 2020
October 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported


OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported


GeForce RTX 3090 vs GeForce RTX 4090 comparison

For gaming, the GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card is better than the GeForce RTX 3090 in our tests.

The GeForce RTX 4090 has a significantly higher core clock speed. This is the frequency at which the graphics core is running at. While not necessarily an indicator of overall performance, this metric can be useful when comparing two GPUs based on the same architecture. In addition, the GeForce RTX 4090 also has a significantly higher boost clock speed. This is a frequency that can be reached if the GPU is cooled sufficiently and has enough power.

Furthermore, the spec sheet for both these GPUs show that they both have the same amount of memory at 24 GiB. Lots of memory is good when playing at high resolutions or with many monitors.

In addition, the GeForce RTX 3090 has a slightly lower TDP at 350 W when compared to the GeForce RTX 4090 at 450 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

In conclusion, all specs and GPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the GeForce RTX 4090 over the GeForce RTX 3090.


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