NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ampere Beast GPU Destroys RTX 2080 Ti In Leaked Benchmarks

GeForce RTX 3090
We already know how the GeForce RTX 3080 performs, because the reviews are out (including our own), and simply put it is a gaming monster. Next on tap, however, is the GeForce RTX 3090. While NVIDIA pitches the former as its flagship consumer GPU, it is the latter that truly occupies the flagship space. But how does it perform? Some leaked benchmarks give us an idea, ahead of the card's retail launch next week.

The benchmarks come from a variety of sources. One of them includes the Geekbench 5 database, where a GeForce RTX 3090 has recorded a CUDA score of 249,153. For reference, the cumulative average of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti CUDA scores in Geekbench 5 is 162,681. It is not an apples-to-apples comparison, but it's the best we have to work with at the moment.

A similar situation plays out over at UserBenchmark. Have a look...

GeForce RTX 3090 UserBenchmark
Source: UserBenchmark

It is another lopsided comparison, with the GeForce RTX 3090 performing on average 29 percent faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and up to 34 percent faster overall (in the Lighting test). Compared to the GeForce RTX 3080, however, the GeForce RTX 3090 is 15 percent faster on average, according to UserBenchmark's results, and up to 16 percent faster overall.

That is a bit more sobering, when you consider that the GeForce RTX 3090 costs significantly more—pricing starts at $1,499 for the GeForce RTX 3090, versus $699 for the GeForce RTX 3080 (the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti initially debuted at $999, or $1,199 for the Founder's Edition model).

Some leaked scores have also come from the 3DMark database. Here are a couple of the results...

GeForce RTX 3090 3DMark
Source: 3DMark via Videocardz

The scores that are of most interest are the Graphics ones, for comparing GPUs. Here's how things shake out with the above leaked scores, next to our own results...
  • Leaked GeForce RTX 3090: 12,717 (Fire Strike Ultra) / 20,212 (Time Spy)
  • GeForce RTX 3080:  10,567 (Fire Strike Ultra) / 17,174 (Time Spy)
  • GeForce RTX 2080 Ti: 8,022 (Fire Strike Ultra) / 13,379 (Time Spy)
Based on these results (and take the comparisons with a grain of salt), the GeForce RTX 3090 is around 20 percent faster than a GeForce RTX 3080 and 58 percent faster than a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in Fire Strike Ultra. In the Time Spy test, its performance advantage checks in at nearly 18 percent and 51 percent, respectively.

While perhaps fun to look at, a much better view of the GeForce RTX 3090's performance will come into view next week when the card launches and we light it up ourselves for benchmarks. NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3090 will be available September 24th. Stay tuned.