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Colorful's $4,999 RTX 3090 Card is an Overclocker's Dream

Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan
Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan (Image credit: 二斤自制/Bilibili)

Colorful recently launched the iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan, which not only retails for $4,999, but it's also limited to 1,000 units. Mind you, that's the graphics card's actual MSRP and not the scalper's price. Bilibili content creator 二斤自制 has gotten her hands on a review sample to see whether Colorful's exclusive graphics card is worth a king's ransom. In her video, which is in Mandarin Chinese, she is able to get the card up to an impressive 2,010 MHz, 310 MHz faster than the Founder's Edition RTX 3090.

The iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan competes in a small niche market where you can also find the Galax GeForce RTX 3090 HOF or the EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 K|NGP|N Edition. These over-engineered graphics cards are aimed at serious overclockers or just hardcore enthusiasts with very deep pockets who want something that's even faster than the best graphics cards or the top entries on the GPU benchmark hierarchy.

In regards to stock performance, the iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan was only marginally faster than Colorful's own iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC. The small delta didn't come as a surprise since the iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan only has a 75 MHz boost clock advantage. However, overclocking is the iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan's strong suit.

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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC (Image credit: 二斤自制/Bilibili)
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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC (Image credit: 二斤自制/Bilibili)
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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC (Image credit: 二斤自制/Bilibili)
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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC (Image credit: 二斤自制/Bilibili)
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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC (Image credit: 二斤自制/Bilibili)
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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC (Image credit: 二斤自制/Bilibili)
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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

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iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC

iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan vs iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Vulcan OC (Image credit: 二斤自制/Bilibili)

The iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan comes equipped with a robust 14+8+4-phase power delivery subsystem. It would appear that Colorful just recycled the Vulcan's PCB for the Kudan, though. A trio of 8-pin PCIe power connectors ensure that the Kuda gets all the juice that it needs.

For comparison, the Galax GeForce RTX 3090 HOF also features a 14+8+4 design so it's on equal grounds with the iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan. The EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 K|NGP|N Edition is at a slight disadvantage with only a 23-phase power delivery subsystem. Of course, the quality of the power stages are equally important. Neither Galax or Colorful lists what kind of power stages their respective graphics cards are using. In EVGA's case, the GeForce RTX 3090 K|NGP|N Edition utilize MPS MP86956 power stages that are rated for 60A.

Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan (Image credit: 二斤自制/Bilibili)

Colorful has set the thermal limit for the iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan to 500W. That's 43% (150W) higher than Nvidia's reference specifications for the GeForce RTX 3090. With these overclocking-oriented graphics cards, thermal limits are pointless since there is always modified firmware floating around that increases the threshold to 1000W.

Given its thermal headroom and potent power delivery subsystem, the iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan should make any overclocker happy if you have five grand to spare.

  • LolaGT
    Whoever thought that headline was good needs a reality check(I'm being polite).

    It would be an OC dream if it was $800, which would be close to its actual gaming value.
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  • lazyabum
    Colorful RTX 3090 is an overpriced Dream. Selling a $1500 MSRP GPU for $5000 yields up to a $4000 profit. A scalper with over a thousand of those makes an easy several million bucks with minimal effort. Just one, That's a sale that can buy you a supercomputing rig.
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  • InvalidError
    LolaGT said:
    It would be an OC dream if it was $800, which would be close to its actual gaming value.
    The perception of model tiers and price points is going out the window with all of the re-branding and re-pricing that has occurred in recent years, especially with the latest round of scalping followed by manufacturers deciding to embrace the new grossly inflated price points.

    Unless we get a viable 3rd dGPU manufacturer capable of manufacturing enough volume to pose a credible threat to AMD and Nvidia and drive prices down, we'll be stuck with soaring prices. Based on DG2 rumors and leaks so far, I wouldn't count it as viable or meaningful volume yet. If the 3M GDDR6 order rumor is true, then Intel may only be planning to manufacture around 500k cards.
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  • escksu
    $5000 for a gamming card??
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  • escksu
    lazyabum said:
    Colorful RTX 3090 is an overpriced Dream. Selling a $1500 MSRP GPU for $5000 yields up to a $4000 profit. A scalper with over a thousand of those makes an easy several million bucks with minimal effort. Just one, That's a sale that can buy you a supercomputing rig.

    Haha, hope you know that manufacturing/shipping cost has increased drastically this 1 1/2yrs.
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  • watzupken
    The dream became a nightmare after realizing the price tag. Reality check, RTX 3090 MSRP @ 1499, vs this at 4999? I might as well buy 2 and run SLI if possible. Not only will 2x RTX 3090 be cheaper, I think the power draw between this overpriced RTX 3090 and 2x "normal" RTX 3090 may not differ that much since I saw this,

    Colorful has set the thermal limit for the iGame GeForce RTX 3090 Kudan to 500W. That's 43% (150W) higher than Nvidia's reference specifications for the GeForce RTX 3090. With these overclocking-oriented graphics cards, thermal limits are pointless since there is always modified firmware floating around that increases the threshold to 1000W.
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  • mdd1963
    $5K?

    LOL!

    Perhaps ....if it came with my case, CPU, mainboard, 64 GB of RAM, and three each NVME SSDs of choice, a soundcard., and 75" 4k TV. (Not that anyone needs a soundcard, but, if I were spending $5k, I think I'd want one!)
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  • Jim90
    Tom's, I think you'll find you've misspelt "<Mod Edit> joke" in the headline.
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  • cryoburner
    A 3090 overclocked to around 2Ghz will tend to only raise actual game performance by around 5% or so compared to a reference-clocked card, so I would hardly say that makes for an "overclockers dream". One is unlikely to notice any perceptible performance difference between this card and any other 3090. Even a 3080 should perform relatively similar.

    Paying any significant premium for an overclocked card tends to be a waste. And even when buying from a scalper in the current market, new 3090s are readily available for around half that price.
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  • spongiemaster
    People buying these will be paying for the aesthetics and exclusivity, not the performance. To each their own. One good thing about the cost is that anyone who wants one, won't be competing with miners for them.
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