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EVGA’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN could turn out to be one of the fastest graphics card ever built; it might also need a nuclear reactor to handle an unlocked power limit

The liquid cooled EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN looks set to break performance records (Image source: EVGA)
The liquid cooled EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN looks set to break performance records (Image source: EVGA)
EVGA recently took the wraps off its upcoming GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN AIB graphics card. EVGA’s liquid cooled KINGPIN lineup has consistently featured some of the fastest and most expensive cards on the market. The GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN looks like it could turn out to be one of the fastest graphics card ever made.
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EVGA recently took the wraps off its upcoming GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN graphics card. While we don’t have solid numbers for the KINGPIN’s performance and pricing, this looks like it could be one of the priciest and fastest graphics cards, ever.

EVGA’s KINGPIN lineup has historically cost an astronomical price premium over reference designs and other AIB models. The EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN, for instance, had a retail price of US$1900. KINGPIN parts typically feature top-binned GPU silicon, together with massively over-engineered PCB and power delivery designs, optimized for exotic LN2 cooling and extreme overclocking. 

With those historical prices in mind, we expect the GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN to easily breach the US$2000 price-point. But what about performance? Under standard conditions, KINGPIN cards tend to deliver performance at the very limits of what regular AIB parts are capable of, right out of the box. This is in large part thanks to a generous power limit that’s well over NVIDIA’s reference spec.

Considering that the GeForce RTX 3090 reference spec calls for a 350W TGP, we’re almost afraid to consider just how much power the KINGPIN RTX 3090 will consume. Going by the RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN’s 144 percent power limit, we’re looking at upwards of 500W, just for the card. This clearly isn’t a graphics card targeted at the average gamer. But if you’re interested in exotic cooling and topping those 3DMark charts, the KINGPIN 3090 might be the way to go. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 474 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-09- 8 (Update: 2020-09- 8)