The GeForce RTX 3080 will be one of the high-end models of the new generation of “Ampere” graphics cards that NVIDIA will launch in 2020. If we already had an idea of its characteristics thanks to the usual leaks, today we get images that show its design .
We cannot really guarantee that it is a true model, but it seems that it is a prototype or engineering sample created by NVIDIA or one of its partners. There are no guarantees that it will reach the market like this, but we will leave it there and it will surprise you.
GeForce RTX 3080: quirky design
The most notable at first glance of this GeForce RTX 3080 is the PCB unevenly placed. A V-shaped design that allows the fan to be placed closer to the core of the GPU. Some readers will remember a similar NVIDIA design for the GeForce GTX 295 reference model.
Another novelty is the arrangement of the two fans large dimensions placed on the sides of the card. The one on the left side sits above the position of the power supply in a typical PC tower, elevates air into the GPU array, and then blows it out the back of the chassis. This is normal for a standard refrigeration design.
The one on the right side is the one with a significant change. You are placed in an opposite situation to the one on the left and seems destined to draw air from the bottom of the chassis. The arrangement of the fins of the heatsink prevents air flow from traveling laterally through the PCB, which is the opposite of how a normal GPU cooler works.
This technique is unlikely to provide a direct cooling advantage over existing designs. However, this design could be combined with other tower fans and so yes improve the cooling of the whole.
More changes come from the PCI power connectors. We can’t see any group of pins in the usual location, suggesting that the connectors have been moved to one side, similar to how they mount on NVIDIA professional cards Quadro series. There also seems to be a new version of the NVLink connector near the I / O bracket.
Otherwise, it is rumored that this GeForce RTX 3080 will have 10 Gbytes of dedicated memory with a minimum bandwidth of 18 Gbps and 4,352 CuDA cores. As for the launch, everything points to the Taiwan Computex fair, moved this year from June to September by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no confirmation from NVIDIA of all this nor of the veracity of this prototype with surprising design.