Photos leak of possible NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

Posted on Monday, Jun 08 2020 @ 11:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Over the weekend, some photos leaked of what is claimed to be the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 video card. If the card is real, it features a very different design than its predecessors. VideoCardz offers some commentary and speculates the launch may be a lot closer than previously expected. Previous rumors pointed towards a September announcement.

The card shown on the photos has a two-fan design with a black/silver cooler shroud. Bear in mind that the blue shown on the photos is not the color of the card, but of the plastic wrap on the silver metallic parts. No power connectors are seen in the usual location, which may indicate NVIDIA moved them to the side, similar to its Quadro models.
The card features a two-fan design with a large heatsink which might later be hidden under a shroud in a later state. We can see the RTX 3080 backplate on one of the prototypes. The blue color of the upper sample is not the color of the card, this is just a wrap of the silver metallic shroud around the card. The design is very unique, both fans are placed on opposite sides of the card pushing the air in different directions.

The RTX 3080 design features an irregular shaped PCB, you can see this by looking at the rear of the card. This V-shaped design has allowed NVIDIA to place the fan closer to the GPU. Some of the readers might remember a similar NVIDIA design for the GeForce GTX 295 reference model, it also had a cut in the PCB under the fan.

Next, TweakTown reports YouTube channel Moore's Law is Dead offers some juicy claims about Ampere. As always take these rumors with a grain of salt. The YouTuber claims the clockspeed of NVIDIA's Ampere GPUs increased since a month ago, and is now said to be up to 2.5GHz. It's also said that the GA102, which will be used for the RTX 3080 Ti or RTX 3090, is now 10-15 percent faster than earlier samples. This reportedly results in performance that is 60 to 90 percent higher than the RTX 2080 Ti.

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