And This Is Zotac’s Low End RTX 3090!
The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity doesn’t have extra fancy RGBs nor integrated watercooling, it is more or less a reference RTX 3090, though not at the reference MSRP … of course. There is an RTX 3090 Trinity OC model which is technically overclocked as the Boost Clock has been raised from 1695MHz to 1710MHz, but the 24GB of GDDR6X memory running at 19.5 Gbps so the additional cost for the overclocked model seems a poor investment. The two Trinity models definitely have some RGBs on the 2.5 slot IceStorm 2.0 Advanced Cooling top and sides.
The keys to running an RTX 3090 successfully are cooling and power delivery, thanks to it’s 350W TDP. The card can actually pull more power than that at full tilt assuming your system can simultaneously deliver that power, and keep the GPU cool enough it doesn’t thermally throttle. That can be handled in part by the IceStorm but your case also plays a huge part.
It was the power draw that proved a problem, on the software side as opposed to the hardware side. No matter what The FPS Review tried, the ZOTAC Firestorm utility would not save the power limits beyond 100%, it’s not that you can’t increase it to 110% but that the software would never save that change. The thermals were definitely not an issue, they never saw a temperature much higher than 80C, so if ZOTAC can fix the software bug you should be able to squeeze a bit more from the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity.
That patch should be distributed long before you see this and other cards price’s start to creep back to MSRP.
Today, we are evaluating the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity video card ZT-A30900D-10P. It is one of five GeForce RTX 3090 series offerings from ZOTAC.