Saturday, August 22nd 2020

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition Potentially Pictured: 3-slot Behemoth!

The rumor mill has no weekend break, and it churned out photos of what appears to be an NVIDIA Founders Edition version of the upcoming GeForce RTX 3090 next to the equivalent FE RTX 2080, with the latter looking like a toy compared to the massive triple slotter. The cooler comprises of the same design we discussed in detail in June, with the unique obverse dual-fan + aluminium heatsink seen in the images below. We also covered alleged PCB photos, in case you missed them before, and all lines up with the most recent leaks. The only difference here is that pricing for the RTX 3090 FE is claimed to be $1400, a far cry from the $2000 mark we saw for certain aftermarket offerings in the makings, and yet significantly higher from the previous generation- a worrying trend that we eagerly await to see justified with performance, before we even get into case compatibility concerns with the increased length here. Either way, if the images below are accurate, we are equally curious about the cooling capability and how it affects partner solutions and pricing.
Source: Twitter user @GarnetSunset
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183 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition Potentially Pictured: 3-slot Behemoth!

#51
ZoneDymo
RedelZaVedno
GeForce GTX 960 = $199 -> fast forward 6 year -> RTX 3060 = $399. (+100%)
GeForce GTX 980TI = $649-> fast forward 6 year -> RTX 3090 = $1,399 (+100%)
RX 470 = $179 -> fast forward 4 years -> RX 5700 = $349 (+98%)
WTF just happened??? 100 % price increase in 6 years... It's not inflation (inflation 2014-2020 = 9,7%), it's GREED Inc.

F that, I'm out of DIY PC building until Leather Jacket One and his niece come to their senses which will probably never happen.
just want to state that the rx5700 is not really on par with the rx470 bracket.
rx480 - rx580 - rx590 which is still sold today but arguably the best/closest card from amd for the rx470 is the rx5600 but your point still stands, prices have gone mad which is why and many friends have no upgraded for a while now, its just rediculous
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#52
reflex75
This 3090 volcano push/pull will melt the memory just above!!

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#53
Quicks
People must just boycott Nvidia and AMD, for a year and refuse to buy any video cards that is more than 500$
Only reason they get away with these insane prices is because people keep on buying them!
Performance per dollar is going to suck hard on this...
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#54
stimpy88
VulkanBros
BUT - can it play Crysis? :roll:
That meme is dead... Let me elaborate...

But can it play Flight Sim 2020?
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#55
Hattu
I wonder, how they handle qc on these huge (and expensive) cards! Even my "cheap" cards have Bad history.

~2011 i bought ASUS GTX 560Ti. 252€. DOA.
~year ago Gigabyte RTX 2060. 399€. DOA.

In maybe 2028 it's time for a new GPU. xTXxx60, 800€. DOA again?
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#56
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Welp, gonna rethink my whole PC strategy moving forward if this is true. First was the $1,800 cost that fewer people than ever can afford, and now a behemoth that necessitates going back to a super-sized case. Nope. Nope.

Is NVIDIA operating in some kind of vacuum in which real life doesn’t exist?
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#57
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Im more curious about the cooler than the actual performance of the card itself.

Nvidia are supposedly using some sort of vapour chamber tech

But if we check out this random render.



Then you look at pictures of the cooler itself...



Pay attention to the fins in the center of the cooler because despite the first picture of the render show air being expelled by the fan through the fins. Those fins are actually blocked off (marked it in red - ignore the white line, it was supposed to be red but i messed up and cba to fix)

While the cooler design looks more interesting. It also looks less efficient to a certain point. At least with the 2080 and old blower style design air was being pushed through and 'channelled' more efficiently but blower style coolers can only handle so much heat before it comes saturated and the fan becomes super loud.

I really cant get my head around the design other than it possibly being 'disruptive' to the flow of air inside the case and not cooling very well...

The fan furthest from the I/O pushes air DOWN through the heatsink which then gets sucked up by the fans closest to the I/O and partially pushed out of the back of the case - temperatures exacerbated because hot air is being recycled. But if you reverse the fan furthest away from the I/O (which would make more sense and a better idea) that hot air then gets sucked up by your CPU cooler, Though if youre using an AIO it might not effect you so much.


I dont know.... I see the cooler and i just cant work out how its supposed to cool the card efficiently

and then there are pictures of coolers with a 'shroud' on and off...



Like wut.
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#58
yotano211
Chloe Price
Probably AIB models won't be as huge. Zotac for example managed to release a 1080 Ti mini.


I had 5 of those on a mining machine, open air, they where not very good, they ran very hot. They where the same size of the 1080mini, I had 9 of those. This was about 3 years ago now.
GeorgeMan
Exactly. I got my 1080Ti for 670€ on an EVGA deal. I'm not paying more for lower end cards. I'll keep it as long as I can and if then things are still the same, I'm out too. Vote with our wallets.
Its why I buy most computer items used but still with plenty of warranty left, including current laptop. Stock price was $1300.
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#59
Punkenjoy
If it's 400w at full load, no matter what the cooling on the card look like, you will need to have serious air flow inside your case. If you have a 100+ watt cpu, you have 500w+ getting in your room while playing.

No big deal if you live in a cold climate during winter, but that is a lot of heat to handle during summer. It the equivalent of having a 500w heater running while you play.

it can be handled, but i hope it's the maximum they will go and hope mid/high range card will not go over 300w.
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#60
yotano211
Why not just wait until it really comes out instead of saying something bad about this graphics card. That picture could have been some prototype that will never be released.
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#61
Mayclore
Imagine trying to make this work in a Mini-ITX build.
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#62
Razbojnik
Whoever thinks that amd's prices will be much more affordable compared to nvidia's must be living in a wonderland. The amount of money they've invested over the years in which they haven't even competed must be insane by now, and the fact that their frankly late architecture is still coming short in speed and performance doesn't look good for them at all.
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#63
Darksword
yotano211
Why not just wait until it really comes out instead of saying something bad about this graphics card. That picture could have been some prototype that will never be released.
I think this is probably the case. Just like the "leaked" PS5 design that was totally off from the final version. :rolleyes:
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#64
Chloe Price
yotano211
I had 5 of those on a mining machine, open air, they where not very good, they ran very hot. They where the same size of the 1080mini, I had 9 of those. This was about 3 years ago now.
Doesn't digging toy money heat GPUs lot more than gaming?
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#65
Steevo
They will sell 10s of these at that price!!!
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#66
Chloe Price
Steevo
They will sell 10s of these at that price!!!
Price in Finland will be at least 1.5 kiloeuros. Usually you can translate the US MSRP to Euros and add the "Finland extra" to it which is usually 100-200EUR. Though our prices includes VAT (24%).

And people will probably buy these like 600EUR enthusiast cards back in the day. When the OG Titan was released, everyone was like "WTF, 1000EUR for a GPU? Hell no!" and now they buy 2080 Ti:s like those 600EUR cards a decade ago.
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#67
semantics
kings
Some people are exaggerating a lot, the dimensions don't seem to be very different from most 2080Ti AIB versions.



Yeah it's the same as the oversized non reference cards everyone buys
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#68
Chloe Price
The 3 slot reference one isn't for those mITX users at least.. :rolleyes:
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#69
Xaled
Please TPU I kindly request you to
not be a part of Nivida dishonest, fraudulent pricing strategy!
According to Nvidia 2080ti's price is like this:
999$ for non FE edition (which never existed at all)
and just! 1199$ for FE edition !
These prices are just not true, never was. the cheapes new 2080ti now can found only for 1500$.
Nvidia would again announce a lower real price (1400$) and would sell it on much higher price (2000$). Please take this in consideration when you make a review and don't use Nvidia's fake numbers/prices when making a conclusion a decision or even in soecifications because those prices were never true .
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#70
Dracius
Wow that's freaking huge.. Surely it can't be that big? o_Oo_Oo_Oo_O

(that's what she said)
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#71
Jawz
In the first photo near the PCIE connector does that read "Config 1"?
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#72
MxPhenom 216
ASIC Engineer
I don't care one bit about the 3090. I want to see the 3080!
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#73
Chomiq
MxPhenom 216
I don't care one bit about the 3090. I want to see the 3080!
Yeah that actually might be a part of their strategy. Drop 3090 for $1400 just for people to accept $1000 for 3080.
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#74
swirl09
RedelZaVedno
GeForce GTX 980TI = $649-> fast forward 6 year -> RTX 3090 = $1,399 (+100%)
It is a lot to bare. The 1080ti->2080ti was a 40 something % increase, that was already a difficult pill to swallow. Any increase at this point is going to be hard to justify IMO.

When I see it being phrased as "The alleged $1400 price isnt so bad compared to the $2000 price tag that was rumoured previously", I dont think so! That would still be a price jump! Having a false anchor of $2K is a foolish way to look at it.
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#75
chodaboy19
I'm waiting for the real deal to make an appearance on September 1st!
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