Similar to the 3080, we see this 3090 from palit perform extremely close to reference (FE) performance. We find that to be a little puzzling really. Perhaps the power design didn't allow for much more. The increased Boost clock freqeuncy won't help it run faster, as a power limitation kicks in and forces this card to push clocks matching the energy budget applied. We also feel that the card is fighting thjat same wattage, the TGP is measured to be 365 Watts, and while it cools sufficiently at roughly 75 Degrees C, the accoustics are moderate. Still it is nothing short from impressive as to what Palit brings to the table. That 75 Degrees C domain is perfectly fine. You need quite a system to tame this beast though, you have a spicy processor that can keep up with the card, you need lovely GPU bound games preferably with DX12 ASYNC compute, and of course, if you are not gaming at the very last in Ultra HD, then why even bother right? The flipside of the coin is that when you have these three factors applied and in effect, well then there is no card faster than the 3090. Of course, there is an energy consumption factor to weigh in as a negative factor, and yes, there's pricing to consider. Both are far too high for the product to make any real sense. For gaming, we do not feel the 3090 makes substantial enough difference over the RTX 3080, and that's mainly due to system bottlenecks really. You need to game at Ultra HD and beyond for this card to make a bit of sense. We also recognize that the two factors do not need to make sense for quite a bunch of you as the product sits in a very extreme niche. But I stated enough about that. I like this chunk of hardware sitting inside a PC though, as no matter how you look at it, it is a majestic product. Please make sure you have plenty of ventilation though as the RTX 3090 will dump lots of heat. It is big but still looks terrific. And the performance, oh man ... that performance, it is all good all the way as long as you uphold my three musketeers remark. Where I could nag a little about the 10GB VRAM on the GeForce RTX 3080, we can not complain even the slightest bit about the whopping big mac feature of the 3090, 24 GB of the fastest GDDR6X your money can get you, take that Flight Sim 2020! This is an Ultra HD card, in that domain, it shines whether that is using shading (regular rendered games) or when using Hybrid Raytracing + DLSS. It's a purebred but unfortunately very power-hungry product that will reach only a select group of people.
Palit has got a tough one on their hands here. If acoustics are a factor for you then let's hope that Palit will bring a new BIOS to the table that helps a little as these samples in their defense, have been rushed out to us for review. The FE and most AIB partners will have a product that is at least as fast and is more silent. I already warned about the FE editions becoming too good in design, and clearly that translates into ptoducts you have seen today. The performance is grand but at FE levels, the cooling sufficient. We're going to give palit a bit more time to refine that BIOS of their and then will make a conclusion and if warranted, hand out an award.