Nvidia’s most powerful graphics card, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, has just been overclocked beyond all expectations, reaching almost double its original power consumption.
The GPU was unlocked at 890 watts, versus the standard default of 450 watts. While it’s undeniably exciting, don’t try this at home – you could destroy your map.
Unlock the 3090Ti power limit to 890W！ pic.twitter.com/6VtyEF184I
— MEGAsizeGPU (@Zed__Wang) May 5, 2022
MegaSizeGPU shared a GPU-Z screenshot showcasing an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card that managed to hit a power limit of 890 watts. This was achieved using the XOC BIOS, something that’s typically used for extreme overclocking, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing here – after all, the card’s base power is 450 watts.
According to VideoCardz, this BIOS is usually the benchmark for breaking overclocking records, and during these attempts, liquid nitrogen cooling is used to ensure the system can even reach such numbers. Obviously, trying to use the XOC BIOS to this extent, under normal conditions, would most likely break the graphics card, and the chances of it being repaired under warranty are close to zero. Make sure you don’t try to do this yourself unless you’re okay with causing irreversible damage to your card with no chance of getting your money back.
Not all versions of the RTX 3090 Ti will work with this BIOS, but according to the source, Asus TUF GPUs support it. The best option for XOC BIOS will always be a board with two 16-pin power connectors, such as Galax HOF or EVGA Kingpin. Cards with a single PCIe Gen 5 slot can’t hit 890 watts like this one – they max out at 600 watts. However, they can still be overclocked to some extent.
Along with news of the extreme 890 watt overclock, VideoCardz shared screenshots from Chiphell, showing an unlocked EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 graphics card reaching 614 watts via XOC BIOS. Asus TUF was very close behind at 615 watts, with the GA102 GPU alone consuming 496 watts.
Although Nvidia’s RTX 3090 Ti comes with a standard power output of 450 watts, there are custom builds that can hit higher numbers. However, many of them are locked to a power limit of less than 500 watts. As an example, liquid-cooled versions of the Asus RTX 3090 Ti Strix graphics card max out at 516 watts. Compared to the insane 890 watt overclock we see here from MegaSizeGPU, those seem like rookie numbers, but that’s still a lot for any graphics card.
It’s almost hard to believe that some versions of the upcoming RTX 4090 may require this kind of power by default, but that’s what the rumors are telling us right now. Until the next generation of graphics cards are released, however, these numbers will be reserved for extreme overclockers.