NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Review: BFGPU Benchmarks Unleashed

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090: DirectX and Vulkan Game Benchmarks

Metro Exodus is based on author Dmitry Glukhovsky's series of Metro novels that started with Metro 2033 back in 2005. That first installment in the series was followed by Metro Last Light and later, Last Light Redux. Like other games in the series, Metro Exodus follows a post-apocalyptic story line that takes place in the former Russian Federation. The game features advanced graphics and visuals and also supports NVIDIA’s RTX and DLSS technologies.

Metro Exodus
With And Without RTX / DLSS
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Metro Exodus

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GeForce RTX 3090 @4K Ultra Details

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Using the Ultra quality preset and running this game at 4K resolution shows the GeForce RTX 3090 outrunning the GeForce RTX 3080 by a little over 14%, at least in terms of average framerate. The 3090's minimum framerate was much better too, and both blew past the Titan RTX.

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GeForce RTX 3090 @4K RTX + DLSS Details

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Flipping on RTX and DLSS to further increase the visual fidelity and introduce some ray tracing effects, reduces framerates slightly across the board, and shrinks the GeForce RTX 3090's advantage over the GeForce RTX 3080 to just over 13%.

Red Dead Redemption 2
DirectX Gaming Blockbuster
Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is the third entry in the Red Dead series. The game’s storyline is set in 1899 and follows outlaw Arthur Morgan of the Van der Linde gang in a fictional wild-west type setting. The game features rich, detailed graphics, which can be taxing on high-performance GPUs, when cranked up to maximum image quality.
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Red Dead Redemption 2

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The delta separating the new GeForce RTX 3090 and the GeForce RTX 3080 is relatively small in this game -- to the tune of about 9%. The RTX 3090 was about 34% faster than the Tian RTX, however.
Gears Tactics
DirectX Tactical Shooter
Gears Tactics is a turn-based tactical game spun-off of the popular Gears of War franchise. Technically, Gears Tactics is a prequel to the first game, but it was just recently released and is the newest in the franchise at this point in time. Like Gears 5, Gears Tactics features a wide array of graphics options that can be tweaked and tuned to optimize performance on a given system.
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Gears Tactics

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GeForce RTX 3090 Gears Tactics @ 4K Details

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Gear Tactics showed the GeForce RTX 3090 finishing with a much better minimum framerate than any other card. Its average framerate was only a couple of percentage points better than the GeForce RTX 3080 though.

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This is another game that offers resolution scaling, so we ran another bunch of 8K benchmarks here. In this game only a couple of percentage points separates the three cards.

Far Cry New Dawn
The Dunia Engine Lives On

Next up, we’ve got some benchmark scores from Far Cry New Dawn, the latest installment in the storied franchise. Like its predecessors, Far Cry New Dawn is a fast-action shooter set in an open world environment with lush visuals and high graphics fidelity. The game takes place in a fictional county in Montana, where a cult has taken over control of the area. We tested all of the graphics cards here at 4K using Ultra Quality settings to see how they handled things.

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FarCry New Dawn

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GeForce RTX 3090 FarCry New Dawn @ 4K Details

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We had some relatively small deltas separating the three fastest cards in FarCry New Dawn. The GeForce RTX 3090 ends up being about 7% faster than the RTX 3080 and 13.5% faster than the Titan RTX here.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Action

Monolith’s fun Orc-slaying title Middle Earth: Shadow of War, delivers a ton of visual fidelity even at its lower quality settings. So, to maximize the eye-candy on these high-end graphics cards, we used the game’s Ultra quality preset and ran the benchmark routine at an effective 8K resolution. All of the game's graphics-related options were enabled, along with Temporal AA and Camera Blur.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

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In the Middle Earth: Shadow Of War benchmark, the GeForce RTX 3090 outran the GeForce RTX 3080 by more than 22% and the Titan RTX by nearly 41%, but minimum framerates on all of the cards dropped well below 20FPS. Cranking the graphics options down to High would have helped smooth things out and made the game more playable at 8K, however.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Vulkan Game Benchmarks

Wolfenstein: Youngblood lets gamers play as one of the Blazkowicz twins — Jess or Soph. The storyline follows the twins as they try to track down their Dad, BJ, in Paris during the '80s. The game has dark visuals and is one of the few titles on the PC currently to use the Vulkan API.

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood

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The GeForce RTX 3090 maintained similar leads over the GeForce RTX 3080 and Titan RTX in the Wolfenstein: Youngblood benchmark, but offered a much better minimum framerate.

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We've got one more data point to share as well. While we had Wolfenstein: Youngblood running, which offered relatively high framerates across all of the GPUs we tested, we used the LCAT device that's part of the NVIDIA Reviewer Toolkit to capture some end-to-end latency characteristics. Note, this is NOT an NVIDIA Reflex title and enabling low-latency mode in NVIDIA's drivers has no effect on the game, so there are no specific latency optimizations at play here. Framerates also directly correlate to end-to-end latency, so all other things being equal, the fastest cards should offer the best latency characteristics. And that is what we saw.

These numbers are an average of 50 samples and show the GeForce RTX 3090 puts offering the best / lowest latency of the bunch. Don't read too much into this one, though. We're offering up the data as an interesting aside, since we captured it, but we're still experimenting and learning how to best incorporate LDAT into future articles.

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