In the past few hours, the very first images of NVIDIA ‘s new graphics card , the GeForce RTX 3080 , have appeared on the web . According to wccftech , the American company is planning to launch the new hardware on the market by the Christmas holidays of 2020, so they should already be available at Computex 2020 , which due to the health emergency caused by the coronavirus will be held exclusively digitally.
As can be seen from the images, which you can conveniently find at the bottom of the article, the new GeForce RTX 3080 will feature a completely renewed design, bidirectional fans, irregular PCB and a curved heat sink. Here are some key considerations made by colleagues at wccftech on the design of the new NVIDIA GPU :
- The fans will be bi-directional. One will have an open suction at the bottom, while the other will have an open suction at the top. Also, it would appear that the bottom fan is static pressure, while the top fan releases air, in an attempt to keep the air flowing through the fins.
- The heat sink is curved. This is a very interesting design because it would normally cut off airflow, but NVIDIA would appear to be attempting a full push setup that would rely on pressure differentials to maintain airflow.
- The PCB is irregularly shaped and ends once it reaches the heat sink. In the following image, only the gray plastic part of the RTX 3080 houses the PCB, the fan section does not. This would confirm previous rumors that had indicated a small, irregularly shaped PCB for NVIDIA’s upcoming Ampere GPUs.
- The one pictured will most likely be a Founder’s Edition , in fairly limited quantities. A design like this would be incredibly difficult to work with and AIBs would almost certainly prefer to continue with the traditional Heatpipe and triple fan design.
Furthermore, according to rumors , the GeForce RTX 3080 will ship together with a GA104 GPU , effectively replacing the current RTX 2080 with 48 SM (3072 CUDA cores), and will be accompanied by 8 GB / 16 GB of vRAM and a width of 256-bit bus.