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    Posted: 26 Feb 2022 at 9:21am
Hi all / Digital Storm,

Can you tell me which variants of 3090 fall within each bucket? The Performance Edition is ~$600 more and I'm curious what that pays for.

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  Quote MrCheetah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Feb 2022 at 1:06pm
Selecting the "Performance Edition" means Digital Storm will install a third-party/non-reference graphics card such as the PNY XLR8 EPIC-X, MSI Ventus 3X, MSI Gaming X Trio, EVGA XC3 Ultra, EVGA FTW3 Ultra, Asus TUF Gaming, or Asus ROG Strix. Which brand and model DS picks is dependent on factors such as availability. The benefit of these models is primarily more capable power delivery systems compared to the reference design. The higher power handling allows for potentially greater overclocks -- though it's far from that basic. Asus and EVGA have received additional rave reviews for the cooler performance on the Strix and FTW3 lineups.

Nvidia's own design (i.e. Founders Edition) has gotten plenty of compliments about the physical appearance (i.e. the "X", bow Ti err tie). Beyond the looks, the 3080, 3080 TI, and 3090 variant of the FE cooler has also been positively remarked due to utilizing a combination of airflow dynamics.

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I ended up with an EVGA FTW3 ULTRA RTX 3080 and just love it! EVGA factory overclocked the GPU TURBO somewhat & have excellent cooling even when ran with high GPU utilization.

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  Quote MrCheetah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Feb 2022 at 3:23pm
As to whether the cost difference is worthwhile... Quite frankly, I am not sure.

I do not have a 3090 FE to compare.*

EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra**
Boost Clock: 1800 MHz -- advertised
Power Limit: 420 W (adjustable up to 450 W)



Nevertheless, I think, my 3080 showcases that the FE can exceed expectations.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (10GB) Founders Edition
Boost Clock: 1710 MHz -- advertised
Power Limit: 320 W



IMPORTANT NOTE: The RTX 3080 is running in an SFF/ITX PC. Also, these are not perfect tests rather quick demos.

* I have been attempting to snag a 3090 FE at MSRP because of the cooler design.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition
Boost Clock: 1700 MHz -- advertised
Power Limit: 350 W

Edited by MrCheetah - 26 Feb 2022 at 3:27pm
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  Quote MarkNY Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Feb 2022 at 3:43pm
Thanks so much for the detailed reply!
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