RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO review – Everything You Need to Know
The GPU nightmare we saw after pre-COVID did make us think about the PC industry as a whole but things have changed since last year and getting one at MSRP or even below is possible. NVIDIA launched the GeForce RTX 40-series in the last quarter and since then these massive GPUs have made their way into the market.
The new Ada Lovelace architecture and its GPUs are massive, they are fat yet bold, and perform significantly better than the last-gen Ampere, drawing similar to a bit more power. When you combine the new DLSS 3, exclusive on these RTX 40-series GPUs, the gaming performance skyrockets exceptionally.
“The age of RTX ray tracing and neural rendering is in full steam, and our new Ada Lovelace architecture takes it to the next level,” said Jensen Huang, NVIDIA’s founder and CEO said during the launch of these cards. As we all know, RTX 4090 came to market earlier than the RTX 4080 and if you see average sales everywhere around the globe, the RTX 4090 with its premium price enjoyed better sales than the recently available RTX 4080.
Additionally, the RTX 40 Series GPUs feature a range of new technological innovations, including:
- Streaming multiprocessors with up to 83 teraflops of shader power — 2x over the previous generation.
- Third-generation RT Cores with up to 191 effective ray-tracing teraflops — 2.8x over the previous generation.
- Fourth-generation Tensor Cores with up to 1.32 Tensor petaflops — 5x over the previous generation using FP8 acceleration.
- Shader Execution Reordering (SER) improves execution efficiency by rescheduling shading workloads on the fly to better utilize the GPU’s resources. As significant innovation as out-of-order execution was for CPUs, SER improves ray-tracing performance by up to 3x and in-game frame rates by up to 25%.
- Ada Optical Flow Accelerator with 2x faster performance allows DLSS 3 to predict movement in a scene, enabling the neural network to boost frame rates while maintaining image quality.
- Architectural improvements tightly coupled with custom TSMC 4N process technology result in an up to 2x leap in power efficiency.
- Dual NVIDIA Encoders (NVENC) cut export times by up to half and feature AV1 support. The NVENC AV1 encode is being adopted by OBS, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, Discord and more.
Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO
If you are talking about Extreme performance you cannot forget Zotac, which is one of NVIDIA‘s biggest GPU makers and has been stepping up its game each year. While other OEMs like ASUS, and MSI, have had similar-looking GPUs over the year, this time with the RTX 40-series, Zotac has completely changed its look of it.
The Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO is a top-of-the-line graphics card with an incredible boost clock speed of 2580 MHz, sports massive 24GB GDDR6X memory and has a size which can shame any CPU case out there. It’s 8K ready, supports four 4K displays simultaneously, gives you 4K 100FPS+ gaming and has a spectacular RGB design.
The huge GPU needs serious power and so it’s rated at 450W TDP, delivered through a 12+4 pin 12VHPWR connector, you get one out-of-the-box, also, a 1000W PSU is recommended with this RTX 4090. Let’s talk more about this GPU in detail and see whether you should buy it, also it’s aimed towards which people?
Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO Specifications
- NVIDIA Ada Lovelace Streaming Multiprocessors: Up to 2x performance and power efficiency, 4th Generation Tensor Cores: Up to 2X AI performance, 3rd Generation RT Cores: Up to 2X ray tracing performance
- Boost Clock 2580 MHz, 24GB GDDR6X, 384-bit, 21 Gbps, PCIE 4.0
- IceStorm 3.0 Advanced Cooling, SPECTRA 2.0 ARGB Lighting, 3x 110mm dual ball bearing fans, FREEZE Fan Stop, Active Fan Control, Die-cast Metal RGB Lighted Backplate, Dual BIOS, Bundled GPU Support Stand
- 8K Ready, 4 Display Ready, HDCP 2.3, VR Ready
- 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1 x HDMI 2.1a, DirectX 12 Ultimate, Vulkan RT API, Vulkan 1.3, OpenGL 4.6
Test Config Specifications:
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z690 UD AX WIFI Motherboard
- CPU: Intel Core i7-12700KF
- RAM: 32GB (2X16) Corsair Vengeance Performance DDR5 Memory
- Primary SSD: Western Digital SN850 500GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
- Secondary/Game SSD: 480GB Crucial SATA SSD, WD Green 960GB SATA SSD
- Power Supply: Antec HCG-1000-EXTREME PSU
- GPU: Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO
- CPU Cooler: DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX L360 ARGB
- Cabinet: Cooler Master MasterBox K501L
- OS: Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Design & Thermals
As we all know, the RTX 40-series is bold and powerful, this RTX 4090 here sports 76.3 billion transistors and is built upon a 4nm process, with up to 16,384 CUDA cores, this is the biggest GPU the green team has ever made. Now, Zotac, on the other hand, has given the RTX 40-series a new aerodynamic look and that’s also evident on this RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO.
Undoubtedly, this RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO GPU has one of the best designs in the market, the AIR-Optimized design in its true sense makes the GPU look better even though it’s such a huge one. The graphics card looks futuristic and personally, I liked the new SPECTRA 2.0 RGB Lighting across the GPU and also at the backplate to make it look sick when you use the PC during the night.
While we have also reviewed the RTX 4080, personally, I would recommend people going for this RTX 4090 by spending a little bit extra because this NVIDIA GPU is much faster than the 4080 for Rs.40k or a $400 price difference. The curvy design and a weight of 2.1 kg make the GPU a big daddy which needs to be fit into a large case with proper airflow and space so that one can enjoy the RGB lighting.
In terms of thermals, this Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO is more silent than usual NVIDIA FE cards, and the thermals seem better utilized. While ideal the average TDP draw of the card remained to be around 35W, which is a tad bit higher than the more efficient RTX 4080 that drew around 20W during idle.
However, when pushed to its limit, the GPU can go over the rated 450W at times during performance spikes, so using a 1000W PSU with the RTX 4090 is a must.
NVIDIA has certainly stepped up its game when it comes to productivity as its GPUs come with mature Tensor cores alongside NVENC encoders help to render video quickly or make graphical changes in complex Blender projects easier. Productivity enthusiasts who need the best performance can also opt for this Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO GPU because of its triple-fan design.
Here are some of the productivity benchmarks which show the dominance of this Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO GPU:
In each of these productivity benchmarks you will see this Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO slaying any GPU coming in between with some insane numbers! Be it PC Mark 10 or Time Spy Extreme, in all of them the RTX 4090 is just an absolute monster. Even the newer RX 7900 series GPUs from AMD cannot surpass the RTX 4090 in traditional productivity needs.
For heavy tasks and graphics rendering or video editing, if you can afford the RTX 4090, you should go for it because of its insane jump in performance. The GPU’s popularity is huge when it comes to creative people who need the absolute best GPU to slay old-school tasks for work and so this Zotac RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO takes this even further.
Obviously, you have been waiting for this Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO’s gaming performance, it’s needless the numbers are sick. If you are aiming for the RTX 4080, go for an RTX 4090 for some more bucks because of the up to 20% performance difference you see and that increases especially when you use DLSS 3.
While I personally thought the RTX 4080 was overpriced, the new RTX 4090 is still fair for the performance it provides but not everyone can afford a GPU like this one. However, suppose you are serious about insane 4K gaming performance, then this Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO custom variant is just the right one.
This Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO promises somewhat better performance than the FE variant and its ease of availability in India makes it a top recommendation. Without further ado, let’s see the gaming benchmarks in various modern gaming titles:
As you see, though it’s kind of expected, the Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO is absolutely on-spot to give you 100+ FPS in almost all games at 4K max settings except for the naughty Cyberpunk 2077. However, except for that game, there is hardly any game that can challenge this monster to challenge in native 4K resolution at max settings.
We tested some of the most demanding triple-A titles and in all of them you see this Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO didn’t fail at all. Though we don’t have an 8K display, if you have one this GPU can also give a good 8K performance as well, now, coming to the new DLSS 3, though this RTX 4090 doesn’t need it but still helps to increase performance further.
You can visit here to know about DLSS 3 and Frame Generation, however, in short, this new technique from NVIDIA, the AI technology uses to generate entire frames for massively faster gameplay. So, expect an insane performance jump with minimal performance difference with DLSS 3 and Frame Generation, here this Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO delivers as promised.
In some of the most challenging games like Cyberpunk 2077, with DLSS 3/FG you get over 100 FPS at 4K Ultra settings with Ray Tracing which goes to show how mature this tech is. I personally loved hundreds of FPS in the most-demanding games with this RTX 4090 and suppose you are gaming on a TV, this Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO will easily satisfy your gaming pleasures easily!
Now comes the biggest dilemma, should you buy this Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO for a massive price tag of $1700 or Rs.1.70 lakh? Well, considering the fact that this GPU is the best one NVIDIA has to offer and has the biggest leap in performance ever and of course better than the vanilla Fan Edition, it’s worth it if you can pay for it.
Though it’s no secret that GPU prices are insane these days the RTX 4090’s incredible performance speaks for itself, and if you talk about an OEM card, personally, I loved this Zotac variant. If you are a serious gamer or a creative person, both can benefit from this one GPU and in 2023, except for the massive price tag almost no one can complaint anything about this card.
Well, for me my RTX 3070 Ti is still good for most needs, but it depends on your needs if you want to go for the Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO if you have money spend and want an out-of-the-world gaming experience, this GPU is a fantasy for any gamer out there!