Performance in FPS and percent
If I now normalize and cumulate all 10 games, an interesting picture emerges for the FPS. The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti throttled to 300 watts power limit (approximate value, because it fluctuates strongly depending on the game) is roughly on the level of a GeForce 3080 Ti, which is an amazing performance, since the card was also the most frugal in the entire test field. In all games, mind you, but more on that in a moment.
Looking at the performance as a performance index, the reduced card is still 4 percentage points ahead of the fastest AMD card in the test field, but also almost 12 percentage points behind the original GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. We’ll keep this value in mind when we talk about power consumption and efficiency. The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is only a whole 1.5 percentage points ahead of our 300 watt model, which means we can speak of a very similar performance.
At P1, i.e. the new min. FPS, the 300 watt version is around 3.8 percentage points behind the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which is also not a big deal because it could almost never be perceived subjectively. However, in order to be able to classify this performance correctly, we must of course also take into account the effort that has to be expended. And that’s exactly what’s about to get really interesting!
Power consumption and efficiency
Now we come to the highlight of today’s test: the cumulative efficiency and power consumption consideration! And it also becomes clear why my supposedly decadent use of an NVIDIA RTX A6000 for gaming was based purely on economic considerations. With an average of 313.8 watts (RTX A6000 301.5 watts), the 300 watt version of the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti undercuts all cards, even the Radeon RX 6800XT, sometimes by an extremely large margin.
The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is namely almost 152 watts thirstier in the original with 465.7 watts in 10 games, which corresponds to an additional consumption of a whopping 48.4%, that is almost 50%! We now put the noticed 12 percentage points advantage in performance in relation to that and once again shake our heads in disbelief. This is no longer a crowbar, but a white-hot chisel! Here you can once again see the nonsense in the factory overclocked consumer cards in details and the whole model series in general, just to be at the very front in the hunt for the rather unimportant performance crown. Ego versus common sense.
If you take the ratio of expended electrical energy and the resulting FPS as an indicator for gaming performance as the basis for a verdict, then my 300-watt limit is a real goldmine. Sufficient performance and high battery life. Sweet spot at its best and the bad conscience is at least somewhat soothed while playing.
Summary and conclusion
Actually, everything has already been said or written in the article. There is hardly anything to add other than the call to simply try your hand at your own card once in a while when you have such a small, cheeky and hot gulper locked up in the case. With a little education, this can behave quite mannerly, only both sides must also want to give it a try. This does not hurt and only costs a little time and patience, but also saves pure money.
And the manufacturers can only be advised to finally put an end to the silly wading arms race and to intensify it instead of expanding it further and further. At least in the consumer sector. This would certainly not be an insignificant contribution, also in view of the current world situation, and in the end, flock makes also muck. A decent pile even, if you feed it properly. Which closes the circle again.