Now some people don’t need a video card for gaming, they need the processing power for rendering or 2D/3D production, or in some cases people who game also do work on the side. So it is also important to check out the compute performance on all of the video cards that come in. That includes doing a few different tests. My first test was a simple GPU Compute benchmark using Passmark’s Performance Test 10 and no surprise here but the RTX 4090 blew away everything else tested by a huge margin. The 3080 Ti and 3080 are the next closest cards tested because we don’t have the last generation's RTX 3090 or the 6900 XT to test. But even without those, the 4090 is nearly twice as fast as the 3080 and 3080 Ti and three times as fast as the 2080 Ti which was the top dog just a few years ago. Even with the newly added RTX 3090 Ti in the mix, it doesn’t fill the gap.
Blender is always my favorite compute benchmark because the open-source 3D rendering software is very popular and it isn’t a synthetic benchmark. With the latest version of Blender, they redid the benchmark so we now have a new test that runs three different renderings and gives each a score. I have all three stacked together so we can see the overall performance. The 4090 dwarfs all of the other cards tested here with just its score in the first test being higher than the 3080 Ti’s combined results and nearly to the combined results of the RTX 3090 Ti. If anything I should be upset that the 4090 made it impossible to see the results for all of the cards at the bottom of this chart.
For CUDA-based cards, I also check out OctaneRender performance using their OctaneBench 2060.1 benchmark which allows me to check out both RTX and non-RTX rendering performance. Here the RTX 4090 Founders Edition is at the top once again with an 84% jump between it and the RTX 3080 Ti and 78% between it and the RTX 3090 Ti.
An additional CUDA-based test that I wanted to run the RTX 4090 Founders Edition and other Nvidia cards through is V-Ray Benchmark 5. I ran this with the Cuda test and again with RTX. Surprisingly the 4090 didn’t top the chart here in the CUDA test but it did with the RTX-based test.