Joined on 03/27/05
Best video card I've ever had
Pros: I use this product for 3D asset creation and rendering work and the additional memory has helped me reduce my rendering time significantly. The drivers are solid - and the software I use has specialized features that work on Nvidia, which my prior AMD 6900XT didn't have direct support for. - splitter included for power and top mounted helps with cabling. - very quiet compared to the 6900XT even at full power. - it's also good for gaming at 4K (this drives an Odyssey G9 with ease). So did the 6900XT so not much of a bump up from that. Similar FPS (I think the 3090TI gives me perhaps 5% to 10% more frames but it's not hugely significant in terms of my actual experience.
Cons: - Huge card. I have a very large case - a Corsair Air 740 and the card leaves exactly one inch from the wall - and I had to get a slim cooling fan to fit the space as my regular cooling fan is exactly one inch thick, and the rubber grommets were making this a very tight fit. You need a huge case for this card and it does occupy four slots covering all my nvme drives. - Measured power draw 483 watts on HWINFO and MSI Afterburner. Blew my 950W power supply (an older model that looks like the PCIEx rails, even if on separate cables, weren't up to the task) so make sure you get a power supply wired internally to provide the power needed - and for me that meant a newer model. My old one was 8 years old and didn't survive the card for more than one day.
Overall Review: Best card I've ever had for my work. Solid drivers. Needs super beefy power supply (900W+) Needs a huge case to fit. Most cases I've used before including "full size" towers will not fit this card. It's 13.5" long or so leaving almost zero space. This card needs some serious heat management and good case airflow. 480 watts of power heats up the inside of the case a lot and has a huge impact on the CPU cooling depending on how you're setup. My AIO pulls air from the outside (I buck the trend) so I'm fine. Card is cooled by two Noctual AF14 industrial 3000RPM fans - and it uses them.