EVGA has released its long teased one (opens in new tab) RTX 3090 Ti Kingpin Hybrid Gaming Graphics Card. As if you needed a reminder after seeing the $2,499 price tag, this isn’t a card with mass-market appeal. Perhaps wary that potential buyers will fall over with shock, EVGA bundles a 1600W Supernova power supply with the card.
The EVGA Kingpin RTX 3090 Ti is definitely a fun card. Everything about it is over the top. It comes with a 14-layer PCB containing 24 power phases and two 16-pin power connectors. Adding 2 x 600W to the 75W from the PCIe connection means the card has 1275W of available power. It features a boost clock of 1950MHz and comes with 24GB of 21Gbps GDDR6X memory. It’s cooled with a blower radiator complemented by a 360mm AIO – hence the hybrid designation.
Other key features include a 176 x 48 pixel OLED display, triple BIOS, and an interesting tethering cable to prevent GPU sag. The OLED display is attached directly to the card and can be used to display various GIFs or, more importantly for overclockers, real-time monitoring information about the card.
However, this is not a map designed for the average player. The high-quality components and massively overbuilt VRM are overkill for most gamers. It is designed for overclocking, especially with liquid nitrogen. Even without the ln2, there should be some headroom thanks to the 360mm Asetek liquid cooler. If you’re not planning an OC, there’s always the $2,199 EVGA 3090 Ti FTW hybrid, or sub-$1,999 standard air-cooled cards that perform almost the same as the Kingpin card.
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There’s no doubt that the Kingpin 3090 Ti is a highly desirable card, but is it too late and/or too expensive? The launch of the next generation cards is getting closer (opens in new tab), and spending $2,500 on a graphics card when it’s going to be replaced relatively soon makes it a tough sell. Of course, for those with deep pockets, it doesn’t really matter, and Kingpin buyers will probably try to buy RTX 4090s on day one anyway, and then replace them with 4090 Kingpins a few months later! At least you can reuse the “free” 1600W power adapter with them.
Cards like the EVGA Kingpin aren’t really designed to sell in high volume. They are marketing tools. Damn, I’m writing about it here! They’re here to showcase EVGA’s engineering, set some world records, and show gamers that EVGA makes the best graphics cards. “Regular” and “3090 Ti” don’t belong in the same sentence, but it’s not like a regular 3090 Ti (like the Asus TUF we tested) is slow!
There are a handful of similarly good cards out there, but if I were asked to recommend the best graphics card out there, it would be hard to get past this one. Its design and price premium make little sense, but value for money doesn’t matter when it comes to the best. For mere mortals, there are more mundane options to choose from (opens in new tab).
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