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Best RTX 4090 Graphics Cards You Can Buy Right Now

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The RTX 4090 is the new top-of-the-line graphics card that Nvidia offers now. It is based on the Ada Lovelace architecture and comes with 16384 CUDA Cores, 24 GB of GDDR6X memory, 3rd generation DLSS, and 4th Generation Tensor cores. In this article, we go over some of the best RTX 4090 graphics cards that you can buy right now.

Note: These graphics cards are available at the time of writing. They might not be available in the future due to high demand. Nvidia has decided to prioritize H100 AI GPUs over GeForce RTX 4090s which is one of the many reasons why these cards are hard to get your hands on. Due to the shortage, pricing is also going to be inflated.

Best RTX 4090 Graphics Cards

The following are some of the best RTX 4090 graphics cards that you can buy right now.

  1. MSI RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X – Best AIO Liquid Cooled Card
  2. ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4090 OC Edition – Best Overall
  3. ASUS TUF RTX 4090 OC Edition – Best Mid-Range Card
  4. Gigabyte RTX 4090 Gaming OC – Great TUF Alternative
  5. Zotac RTX 4090 Trinity – Best RGB/Entry-Level Card

MSI RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X – Best AIO Liquid Cooled Card

Boost Clock: 2640 MHz | Slots: 2 | Recommended PSU: 850W

The MSI RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X is one of the few AIO liquid-cooled RTX 4090 graphics cards you can buy right now. It is also the first AIO liquid-cooled card we have seen from MSI; at least, I have not seen one before this.

The RTX 4090 is not a cheap graphics card, but if you can pick up the RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X for around $1600, then I think it is pretty good value for what you are getting. Custom water cooling an RTX 4090 will cost you much more when you account for tubing, water block, fittings, and the coolant. With that in mind, the RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X is a great option.

The card has a premium design with a single fan on the shroud and two on the radiator. The aesthetics are immaculate and the build quality is excellent. There is minimal RGB on the card, and the cable that runs from the radiator fans to the card is hidden.

The card is pretty compact and only takes up 2 slots compared to 3 or 3.5. In terms of performance, the card runs at 30 MHz higher than the Founder’s Edition model, but since this is liquid-cooled and has more thermal headroom, you can overclock it to get even more performance out of it.

The downside to the AIO liquid cooler is that more moving parts can fail. You also need to have space in your case to install the radiator.

Pros:

  • Excellent cooling
  • Plenty of overclocking headroom
  • Takes 2 slots rather than 3
  • Premium design
  • Silent operation

Cons:

  • Radiator takes up space
  • Has more moving parts that can fail

ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4090 OC Edition – Best Overall

ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4090 OC Edition

Boost Clock: 2640 MHz | Slots: 3.5 | Recommended PSU: 850W

The ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4090 OC Edition is the largest variant we have seen and is even bigger than the Founder’s Edition model. It is almost 37 cm long, so keep that in mind if you use a smaller case and GPU compatibility is an issue.

Asus has used a new design this time around, and the build quality is very impressive, as you would expect from a premium graphics card. It has a triple fan cooler with plenty of RGB lighting and a perforated backplate. The card has a massive heatsink and a vapor chamber for cooling.

The graphics card does have red and blue accents, which I like, but I will admit that matching other components with the graphics card will be tricky. The card has a pair of fan headers that you can connect case fans to so that they ramp up or down depending on the graphics card temperature and not the CPU temperature.

The graphics card has a BIOS switch that allows you to switch between performance and quiet modes. The card is very silent and on par with the MSI Suprim Liquid X and operates silently compared to the Founder’s Edition model. While the thermals are not as impressive as the Liquid X, they are better than the Founder’s Edition. The downside is that this is a massive card, and you will need to pay a premium to get it.

Pros:

  • Impressive cooling
  • Great build quality
  • Better performance than most of the competition
  • New cooler and design
  • Quiet Fans
  • Factory overclock
  • Dual BIOS
  • Extra HDMI port

Cons:

  • More expensive than the competition
  • Massive card

ASUS TUF RTX 4090 OC Edition – Best “Mid-Range” Card

ASUS TUF RTX 4090 OC Edition

Boost Clock: 2595 MHz | Slots: 4 | Recommended PSU: 850W

The ASUS TUF RTX 4090 OC Edition is a great option if you are not interested in paying a high premium for a custom RTX 4090 graphics card. The shroud is made of aluminum which gives it a great feel, and the graphics card is built well. There is minimal use of plastic despite the lower price tag compared to some other models.

The card has a stealthy design and color scheme, so it should blend well with your build. This is still a chunky and long graphics card, so check compatibility with your case. Asus has included a support pillar that doubles as a screwdriver.

The graphics card has a triple fan cooler, and the middle fan spins in the opposite direction compared to the ones on the sides to increase airflow. While the marketed boost clock speed is 2595 MHz, you can overclock the graphics card to 2985 MHz to get some more performance out of it. This will depend on the silicon’s quality and will differ from card to card.

All things considered, the ASUS TUF RTX 4090 OC Edition is built well and performs as it should. The only downside is the size of the card.

Pros:

  • Impressive performance
  • Stealthy design
  • Great cooling
  • Factory overclock
  • Extra HDMI port

Cons:

  • Massive card

Gigabyte RTX 4090 Gaming OC – Great TUF Alternative

Boost Clock: 2535 MHz | Slots: 4 | Recommended PSU: 1000W

The Gigabyte RTX 4090 Gaming OC is another beefy graphics card that takes up 4 slots but comes with an anti-sag bracket to provide additional support to the card. The shroud is made of plastic, so the feel and finish are not as premium as the TUF or the Strix variants. RGB is lighting around the fan, which can be customized and Gigabyte does have some cool lighting presets that you can check out.

Gigabyte recommends using a 1000W PSU with the RTX 4090 Gaming OC, which is 150W more than the Founder’s Edition variant. The graphics card has a BIOS switch that allows you to switch between performance and quiet modes.

While the marketed clock speed is 2535 MHz, you will see around 2730 MHz in-game and 2940 MHz when overclocked. So you can expect to get some additional performance out of the box if you overclock the graphics card.

Pros:

  • Clean design
  • Decent cooling
  • A relatively low price premium
  • Dual BIOS

Cons:

  • Large card
  • Fans can get a bit loud
  • Feels a bit cheap

Zotac RTX 4090 Trinity – Best RGB/Entry-Level Card

RTX 4090 Graphics Cards

Boost Clock: 2520 MHz | Slots: 3.5 | Recommended PSU: 1000W

The Zotac RTX 4090 Trinity has a fresh design and nice RGB lighting implementation. It comes with a triple fan cooler and can keep the thermals in check when the graphics card is under load. This is a pretty thick card and will take up 3.5 slots. Do check case compatibility before picking it up.

This is a budget-oriented graphics card, so the performance is not as impressive as the more premium variants but it also means that you will not be paying as much either.

Pros:

  • Updated cooler and design
  • Nice RGB implementation

Cons:

  • Budget oriented so lacks in performance

These are some of the best RTX 4090 graphics cards that you can buy right now.

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Talha Amjad
Talha Amjad
PC hardware enthusiast and avid gamer. Has been creating content for more than 8 years and has worked with multiple brands and renowned websites. Tech and gaming are more than just work, they are a passion and way of life for me.
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