As a reference RTX 3090, the Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO offer top-of-the-line performance but there are some factor at play here that may be influencing how this card behaves in game. First up, in games that benefit more on higher clock speeds, this card sometimes will drop down to 1200-1300Mhz which can really see the performance see-saw on some cases especially the esports titles. Regardless, at this level of the market, you’re specifically looking for utmost performance and we plan to do this review again with a Ryzen 9 5950X to fully determine what a workstation featuring this card can do. For strictly gaming application, its definitely an overkill card and there’s literally no questioning the investment here. The Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO despite being a reference card manages to push out astounding performance rivalling its higher tier counterparts from ROG and MSI. It does get held back by its stock settings on heavier AAA games and some clock-speed reliant games will show see this card tussling in 1080p although I feel this card is more fit for a 1440p or higher setup.
At this point in time, you’re probably looking at this card for professional endeavors and the market climate has given brands like ROG, AORUS and MSI a clear advantage given their brand power and whatever luster brand like Palit had over their competition is surely mired in the global chip crisis as we battle through unpredictable market pricing. Still, if you’re already looking at this review, you may just need that little push to convince to go to further. If you’re professionally looking at this card to extensive usage, I direct you to our thermal chart once again.
Temperatures are sustained around the 70*C mark on our ambient temperature in Kombustor running Furmark GL in 4K. At this type of workload, the card does tend to get quite audible as it has to deal with around 380W of heat. This is impressive especially from Palit who’s history of coolers has seen them opt for larger coolers but this Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO is a nice change of pace while their gaming line-up continues the thicker cooling solution, the Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO maintains a more tamed, professional look. It does have RGB lighting on the center so if you opt to orient it vertically. I would suggest a vertical orientation if you plan to run this up another daughtercard like a sound card or capture card as its radiant heat under load may cause other peripherals to rise in temperatures as well. It is advised that you keep airflow as optimal as possible with a fan blowing in from the front. Here’s a sample from Corsair:
That said, the Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO non-overclocked card will vary in pricing in most areas but will usually hover in current market ranges of +$2000. This card never made local launch so I can’t say how much it would’ve cost but having personally bought an overclocked RTX 3090 at launch for less a $1800, an MSRP Palit RTX 3090 would’ve been less than that.
Still, if we’re talking about pure value, the Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO present one card option that exists in the more affordable range. This does put a big question mark on your buying capabilities but again, for pure gaming, unless you’re a rockstar gamer rocking 4K 144hz which are indeed coming out soon, the Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO presents a compelling option to set you off the right path without going overboard. For professional use, its the same thing. This Palit card gives good returns in investment based on pure performance.
Focusing on the card itself, its got good cooling. While its not the most silent, its not obnoxiously noisy. Palit’s choice to go with two PCI-e 8-pin is also a nice choice when other brands are going triple plug. Take note that you may need a newer power supply if your PSU is suffering an over-current protection wherein your PC would just restart once a game is loaded.
This is because an RTX 3090, regardless of who made it, can pull power up to 400W from the PSU, something some PSU are not ready to take on. Going back to the Palit RTX 3090, it is also a 2.5x slot height cooler with a standard width. This means the Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO can readily fit in most cases that can house an 11-inch card.
As this is a reference card, the only criticism here that if you choose to overclock this card, performance would vary depending on your expectation. In most cases, my results have been less than stock clocks. That said, NVIDIA’s GPU boost already pushes this card plenty but if you do get lucky you can push the CPU a bit further but as mentioned, results may vary.
Memory overclocking is a bit tougher as this card gets warm due to the inherent nature of GDDR6X. That said, Palit could’ve went with a pass through fan design like other brands but to Palit’s credit, their venting holes on the heatsink overhang does allow a fan to flow air through causing a cooling effect on the backplate.
Speaking of backplate, this is the heaviest backplate I have seen on a Palit product which speaks a lot about the quality improvement that Palit has done over the years. The heatsink itself features larger heatpipes and the fans are quite powerful. I would argue about the choice to go brown on the backplate but this will be up to you.
Ultimately, a reference RTX 3090 would be a specific need right now to garner any interest and the Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO, is a good demonstration of how strongly Palit can ramp up their quality to keep up with the extreme requirement of this card. Their GamingPRO line presents a good compromise for users wanting a streamline product that doesn’t shout “gamer” yet hold a non-blower style cooler for optimal cooling.
The Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO is an easy pick-up if you just need a reference card and while convincing anyone to jump to an RTX 3090 is not purpose of this article, anyone who needs that last bit of convincing whether its quality or performance will rest well knowing Palit has done a good job in building this card.
The Palit RTX 3090 GamingPRO comes with a 3-year warranty.