EVGA boosts the RTX 3090 FTW3's power limit with Beta BIOS - 500 Watts Unleashed
You thought 450 watts was insane
Published: 21st October 2020 | Source: EVGA |
EVGA boosts the RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra's power limit with Beta BIOS - 500 Watts Unleashed
Previously, EVGA released a 450W BIOS update for their RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra, and now the RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra has received the same treatment. Now the RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra can be overclocked with a power limit that's 50 watts higher than before, offering users a 500W power limit instead of a 450W power limit.
With this update, EVGA's offering its customers more potential overclocking headroom by allowing their graphics cards to draw more power from systems. This increase in power limit will require to use power supplies that are capable of handling the strain, with EVGA recommending 850W units for single-GPU systems.
Graphics performance with Nvidia's GPU boost technology relies on power draw, thermals and your graphics card's cooling capability. Adding more power into the mix will not guarantee additional performance unless thermals are kept in check, which means that this extra power will only be useful to those with cool-running systems. Even then, overclockers will need to utilise appropriate clock speed offsets and settings to achieve higher performance levels while maintaining stability.
Details about how to download and install EVGA's beta BIOS for their RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra are available on the EVGA's forums.
We have a new BETA BIOS that increases the maximum Power Target. This BIOS is only intended for the extreme overclocking user and does not have any other changes. Please note the following:
- - This update will increase the power consumption while overclocking, and is recommended you have adequate cooling and power (850w+ Gold minimum) when using this.
- - EVGA does not guarantee any performance increase or overclock while using this BIOS update.
Any other questions or concerns will be answered in this forum thread only. Please post below your results and feedback!
BIOS Instructions (Windows Installation):
- - Download the correct .zip file below for your graphics card below.
- - Extract the files to a location on disk.
- - Make sure no programs are running in the background, and double click Update.exe
- - Press "Y" to begin the update.
- - DO NOT TURN OFF POWER OR RESET DURING THE UPDATE PROCESS!
- - After update, restart PC.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3
(Image from EVGA Forums)
Ultimately, this BIOS release will be most useful to those who can keep their RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra graphics card cool under load, making this BIOS update most beneficial to those who invest in a custom liquid cooling setup.
At this time, it is unknown how much this extra 50 watts of potential power draw will impact the RTX 3090's overclocking performance. As always, overclocking performance will vary on a GPU-by-GPU basis thanks to the "silicon lottery". Not all silicon is created equal, and not all RTX 3090 graphics cards will feature the same overclocking characteristics.
You can join the discussion on EVGA's RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra receiving an optional 500W BIOS for extreme overclocking on the OC3D Forums.