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EK Launches Vector Water Blocks for Zotac Trinity RTX 3080/3090 GPUs

EK, the leading computer cooling solutions provider, is ready to offer its premium high-performance GPU water block for the Zotac Trinity edition of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards. This new water block is named EK-Quantum Vector Trinity RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB, and it is exclusively engineered for the ZOTAC Trinity RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs.

The new water block has a small footprint almost like reference designs, which makes it a great fit for smaller form factors PCs. It's 124 mm wide and 231 mm long and cools all key components on the GPU's printed circuit board. This gives the water block advantage on the market of having a clean design, showing off all of the cooling liquid, and cooling all of the necessary components.

ZOTAC Releases Statement on GeForce RTX 3080 Crash-to-Desktop Issues

We have seen many reports from users of GeForce RTX 3080 (including the 3080 Trinity) graphics cards crashing during gaming. A new GeForce driver version 456.55 has been released and we urge all to re-install your graphics card drivers as we believe it should improve stability.

We would like to reassure our customers who either have a ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics card on hand or have placed an order in your local retailer or etailer to continue having confidence in us and our products. Our graphics cards have undergone stringent testing and quality controls in design and manufacturing to ensure safety and great performance. At ZOTAC, product quality and your satisfaction are always very important to us.

NVIDIA AIC Partners Clarify RTX 3080/3090 Crash to Desktop Issues, Capacitor Choices

(UPDATE 28SEPT 16H31 GMT: Updated the MSI section with changes in the RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio store page).

Compounding the limited availability with the crash to desktop issues users have been experiencing with NVIDIA's recent RTX 3080/3090 graphics cards have led to rivers of digital ink being run on NVIDIA's latest RTX-30 series. After we've reported on NVIDIA's PG132 "Base Design" and manufacturer-specific capacitor choices and circuitry, we've now seen many of NVIDIA's AIC partners actually respond to this issue, clarifying their choices in this specific part of RTX 30-series board design, as well as the steps they've taken (if any) so as to help solve the issues (which are thus confirmed as being somewhat related to these capacitor choices, even if they are not the root cause.)

RTX 3080 Crash to Desktop Problems Likely Connected to AIB-Designed Capacitor Choice

Igor's Lab has posted an interesting investigative article where he advances a possible reason for the recent crash to desktop problems for RTX 3080 owners. For one, Igor mentions how the launch timings were much tighter than usual, with NVIDIA AIB partners having much less time than would be adequate to prepare and thoroughly test their designs. One of the reasons this apparently happened was that NVIDIA released the compatible driver stack much later than usual for AIB partners; this meant that their actual testing and QA for produced RTX 3080 graphics cards was mostly limited to power on and voltage stability testing, other than actual gaming/graphics workload testing, which might have allowed for some less-than-stellar chip samples to be employed on some of the companies' OC products (which, with higher operating frequencies and consequent broadband frequency mixtures, hit the apparent 2 GHz frequency wall that produces the crash to desktop).

Another reason for this, according to Igor, is the actual "reference board" PG132 design, which is used as a reference, "Base Design" for partners to architecture their custom cards around. The thing here is that apparently NVIDIA's BOM left open choices in terms of power cleanup and regulation in the mounted capacitors. The Base Design features six mandatory capacitors for filtering high frequencies on the voltage rails (NVVDD and MSVDD). There are a number of choices for capacitors to be installed here, with varying levels of capability. POSCAPs (Conductive Polymer Tantalum Solid Capacitors) are generally worse than SP-CAPs (Conductive Polymer-Aluminium-Electrolytic-Capacitors) which are superseded in quality by MLCCs (Multilayer Ceramic Chip Capacitor, which have to be deployed in groups). Below is the circuitry arrangement employed below the BGA array where NVIDIA's GA-102 chip is seated, which corresponds to the central area on the back of the PCB.

ZOTAC Announces Extended Warranty for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series

ZOTAC today announced they are expanding warranty on their upcoming lineup of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series (and will include new graphics card releases as well as Mini PCs). The move will see customers who purchase any GeForce 3000 series graphics card starting September 17th within the regions of Europe, Middle East, Africa and India see the usual 2-year warranty extend to a 3-year warranty. This process is automatic - there is no need for any product registering to get this offer from ZOTAC.

ZOTAC also offers a 2-year extended warranty to any users who register their ZOTAC products with the company, thus allowing for an up to 5 year (3+2) warranty period. Products launched before September 17th, 2020 keep ZOTAC's current 2-year warranty with an optional 3-year extended warranty.

GeForce RTX 3070 Uses 14Gbps GDDR6 Memory: ZOTAC and ASUS

NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX 3070 performance segment graphics card uses 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory speed, according to the product page of the ZOTAC RTX 3070 Twin Edge (model: ZT-A30700E-10P), and the RTX 3070 DUAL by ASUS. This settles speculation around NVIDIA using the fastest available 16 Gbps GDDR6 memory for the RTX 3070. The company is using the even faster 19.5 Gbps and 19 Gbps GDDR6X memory for the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080, which it co-developed with Micron Technology. The use of 14 Gbps GDDR6 across a 256-bit wide memory bus gives the RTX 3070 the same 448 GB/s memory bandwidth as the RTX 2070. NVIDIA plans to launch the GeForce RTX 3070 some time in October, with prices starting at USD $499.

ZOTAC Announces its GeForce RTX 30 Series

ZOTAC Technology Limited, a global manufacturer of innovation, is proud to announce the advent of the all-new ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs based on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture. Integrated with next-generation technologies, enhanced RT Cores and Tensor Cores, new streaming multiprocessors and superfast memory, the ZOTAC GAMING GPUs give rise to amplified gaming with ultra-graphics fidelity.

The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, the 2nd generation of RTX, features new RT Cores, Tensor Cores and streaming multiprocessors, bringing stunning visuals, amazingly fast frame rates, and AI acceleration to games and creative applications. Powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, which delivers increases of up to 1.9X performance-per-watt over the previous generation, the RTX 30 Series effortlessly powers graphics experiences at all resolutions, even up to 8K at the top end. The GeForce RTX 3090, 3080, and 3070 represent the greatest GPU generational leap in the history of NVIDIA.

ZOTAC Intros GeForce RTX 2060 Super OC White Edition

ZOTAC today introduced the White Edition variant of its compact GeForce RTX 2060 Super OC graphics card (model: ZT-T20610K-10M). The whitewash sees the card's metal 3D back-plate, cooler shroud, and fan impellers don white. while the underlying PCB sticks to black. The other exclusive feature with this card is its GPU Boost frequency of 1680 MHz, compared to 1650 MHz of the original (ZT-T20610E-10M). The board design is otherwise identical. Based on the 12 nm "TU106" silicon, the RTX 2060 Super features 2,176 CUDA cores, and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit wide memory bus. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 Trinity Holo Custom-Design Graphics Card Rendered

Here's the first render of a finished custom-design GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card, courtesy of a leak by HD Tecnologia. The ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity Holo is shown featuring a conventional axial-flow fan-heatsink design. The card is taller than standard by a good inch or so, over 2 slots thick, and appears to feature an acrylic diffuser with RGB LED elements. The RGB embellishments cover both sides of the card.

A recurring theme with "Ampere" cards appears to be thicker-than-standard backplates. On this card, the backplate looks chunky, with RGB elements all over. As for the cooling solution, it features a triple-fan setup ventilating a large heatsink, and possibly a baseplate underneath. We can see the new-generation multi-GPU connector. Variable fan-speeds for individual fans could be a new design trend with this generation. More renders of the RTX 3090 Trinity Holo surfaced, revealing three 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Renders of the RTX 3080 Holo by ZOTAC also surfaced, revealing a smaller product design with just two fans, and two 8-pin PCIe power inputs. A see-through render shows that NVIDIA is planning to use two grades of the same GA102 silicon on both the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080, differing in core-configuration, memory bus, and clock speeds.

Update Aug 30th: VideoCardz scored a family shot of possibly all of ZOTAC's upcoming custom RTX 30-series board designs.

ZOTAC Announces ZBOX QCM7T3000 Combining 10th Gen Core and Quadro RTX

ZOTAC Technology, a global manufacturer of innovation, today introduced the ZBOX Q Series Mini PC Workstation featuring the most advanced and powerful NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPU. The all-new ZBOX QCM7T3000 is ultra-compact and the first Mini PC featuring the 10th generation Intel Core processor paired with NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 GPU. The ZBOX QCM7T3000 leverages the ZBOX Mini PC's sleek design without compromising the industry leading graphics performance. From sophisticated industrial design and advanced special effects, to complex scientific visualization and big data modeling, the ZBOX QCM7T3000 is capable of resonating big performance.

The ZBOX QCM7T3000 packs NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 with 6 GB GDDR6 featuring dedicated Tensor cores to support real-time ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) in addition to being VR Ready. NVIDIA Quadro is a certified and trusted platform standard to be fully compatible on the majority of all professional applications. The Mini PC Workstation is also paired with the high-end 45 W Intel Core i7-10750H 6-core processor featuring Hyper-threading, allowing up to 12 simultaneous thread executions.

ZOTAC Intros ZBOX C-series Edge C1341 Mini PC

ZOTAC today introduced the ZBOX C-series Edge C1341 mini PC. The company had exhibited this NUC-sized contraption at its 2020 International CES booth. Measuring just 147.2 mm x 147.2 mm x 32.1 mm (WxDxH), this ZBOX features VESA mounts, and can be tucked away behind a monitor that supports the standard. Under the hood is some pretty basic hardware, with a 4-core/4-thread Intel Celeron N4100 SoC that has UHD Graphics 600, 4 GB of hardwired single-channel DDR4 memory (expandable with an empty DDR4 SO-DIMM slot to dual-channel), and an included 64 GB M.2 SATA SSD.

Display outputs include DP and HDMI. Networking includes two 1 GbE wired and 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 WLAN. USB connectivity includes three 5 Gbps USB 3.1 ports, from which one is type-C, and two type-A ports. A microSD card reader and headset jack make for the rest of it. The C-Series Edge C1341 runs completely fanless, with its ridged top panel doubling as a heatsink for the 6-Watt TDP SoC. A 40 W power brick comes included. Windows 10 Pro comes pre-installed. The company didn't reveal pricing.

ZOTAC Intros ZBOX Inspire Studio Compact Desktops for Creators

ZOTAC today released to market its first ZBOX Inspire Studio compact desktops targeted at creators. The lineup was first revealed at ZOTAC's International CES 2020 booth. Measuring 203 mm x 225 mm x 128 mm (WxDxH), these compact desktops pack an Intel Core i7-9700 8-core processor, GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER graphics with Studio drivers out of the box; 32 GB of DDR4 memory, a 512 GB NVMe storage, 2 TB 2.5-inch SATA HDD, and connectivity that includes Wi-Fi 6 + and Bluetooth 5 WLAN. A 330 W power brick makes for the rest of it. ZOTAC announced limited launch of the Inspire Studio SCF72060S, with availability expected in August.

ZOTAC Announces VR GO 3.0 Gaming Backpack PC

ZOTAC got around to launching the third generation of its VR GO line of gaming backpack PCs, the VR GO 3.0. ZOTAC had unveiled it at the 2020 International CES. These devices are essentially desktop-replacement notebooks minus the display, with connectivity for a VR headset, which you wear like a backpack. This is the device's first update in over two years, with the VR GO 2.0 launching in the thick of the VR craze around 2018.

The new VR GO 3.0 comes with an improved wearable design, with better thermal insulation and ventilation for the wearer. It also gets updated hardware in the form of a Core i7-9700 processor, GeForce RTX 2070 graphics, 16 GB of DDR4-2667 SO-DIMM memory, and 240 GB NVMe SSD storage. The device comes with two hot-swappable battery packs. You can swap out a battery with at least one of them in the bay, in the middle of your game. The VR GO 3.0 supports a wide range of VR HMD standards, and is based on Windows 10. The company didn't reveal pricing.

ZOTAC Unveils a Pair of GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 Graphics Cards

ZOTAC unveiled a nimble lineup of two new graphics cards based on NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6 graphics chip. They two are even factory-overclocked despite lacking an additional power connector and relying on the PCIe slot for power. The standard ZOTAC GTX 1650 GDDR6 (model: ZT-T16520F-10L) features the company's cheapest single-fan cooling solution, consisting of a heatsink with radially-projecting fins not unlike Intel's stock CPU cooler; ventilated by a single 90 mm fan. The card offers a tiny factory overclock: up to 1620 MHz GPU Boost, compared to 1590 MHz NVIDIA reference.

The other card, the ZOTAC GTX 1650 GDDR6 AMP (model: ZT-T16520D-10L), features a slightly larger heatsink that's still molded from a single block of aluminium; ventilated by two 70 mm fans. This card ticks at 1650 MHz GPU Boost (vs. 1590 MHz reference). Both cards keep their 4 GB of GDDR6 memory running at reference speeds of 12 Gbps. Display outputs on both are identical: one each of dual-link DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4. The company didn't reveal pricing, although we expect it to be priced around $150-160 so as to not step on the GTX 1650 Super's toes.

Mini PCs for Creators, NUC Rivals, AMD-powered ZBOXes: ZOTAC at CES

ZOTAC isn't just a graphics card major, but over the years developed a thriving lineup of compact desktops, mini PCs, and compact gaming desktops. The big buzzword this CES is "creator," and the company unveiled its new Inspire Studio line of compact desktops targeting creators, which are physically similar to the ZBOX Magnus. These are 5.85-liter (volume) boxes that take up minimal space on your desk, but pack serious hardware: a 9th gen Core i7 processor, GeForce RTX 2060 Super graphics, M.2 NVMe storage, and modern networking that include 802.11ax WLAN and 2.5 GbE wired Ethernet.

Next up is the ZBOX Edge. ZOTAC has been pushing the limits of compact desktops, and the ZBOX Edge MI643 is their latest creation. With an ultra-thin design that involves a 2.85 cm tall body and the ability to tuck it away behind your monitor, the MI643 packs a Core i5-10210U quad-core "Comet Lake" processor, DDR4 SO-DIMM memory, M.2 NVMe SSD storage, 802.11ac WLAN, dual 1 GbE networking, and Bluetooth 5.0. A more economical variant of this is the CI341, with 3.21 cm height, Celeron N4100 SoC, M.2 SATA storage, and SO-DIMM memory slots.

ZOTAC Unveils its GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Graphics Cards

ZOTAC Technology, a global manufacturer of innovation, is pleased to expand the GeForce GTX line of graphics cards with the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX SUPER series featuring GDDR6 ultra-fast memory. Powered by the new NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture, the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER series feature two super compact VR ready models and is up to 20% faster than the original GTX 1660 and up to 1.5X faster than the previous-generation GTX 1060 6 GB.

The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER AMP is factory overclocked out of the box for faster performance. Featuring a full body length aluminium array heatsink, dual 90 mm fans, a dynamic layout of copper heatpipes, and a powerful design in color neutral to match any PC system color scheme. At just up to 8.3 inches or 209.6 mm, it is still a super compact design.

Confirmed: NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super to Make Use of GDDR6 Memory

Videocardz have snagged some ZOTAC box renders (for an AMP and non-AMP model), and these all but confirm some rumors that have been circulating through the interwebs: NVIDIA's GTX 1660 SUPER will make use of a GDDR6 memory subsystem to increase bandwidth and competitiveness against AMD's lineup. As GDDR6 memory pricing falls, it makes sense that NVIDIA trickles it down across its product stack as a relatively inexpensive way to improve performance - a move that is well in line with their SUPER lineup policy.

ZOTAC Announces the ZBOX Magnus-E Mini Creator PC

ZOTAC Technology, a global manufacturer of innovation, today launches the thin and powerful MAGNUS E Series ZBOX Mini PC for enthusiasts and creators to accelerate performance.

At just 62.2 mm / 2.45 in thin, the MAGNUS ZBOX Mini PC is re-engineered to empower the ideas of tomorrow into more attainable, tangible possibilities. The future of creating can be achieved on a thin and powerful compact system powered with a 9th Gen Intel Core processor and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics card. Equipped with premium connectivity, the all-new MAGNUS E Series Mini Creator PC enables everything from demanding workloads, creative workflows, home entertainment experiences, and virtual reality, gaming, and much more.

ZOTAC Refreshes the MEK Mini Gaming PCs with GeForce SUPER Graphics

ZOTAC Technology, a global manufacturer of innovation, makes the super-compact gaming desktop, MEK MINI, even more powerful. Boasting a mere 9.18 liter, MEK MINI packs up to a 9th Gen 8-core Intel Core i7 processor and a discrete ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX SUPER graphics card.

Utilizing over 12 years of design and engineering expertise, ZOTAC has been pioneering its way with many things MINI. First with the ZBOX Mini PC ranging from impossibly small to ones capable of rivaling desktops, secondly with MINI graphics cards that still retain the potent power and performance of larger sized ones, and now ZOTAC continues its sights on the Gaming PC segment with the small and stronger MEK MINI.MEK MINI taps into the power of the all-new ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX SUPER desktop graphics card. In the first of its kind, MEK MINI is equipped with the world's smallest ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX SUPER 2070 graphics card powered by the NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture.

ZOTAC Rolls Out a Low-profile GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card

ZOTAC rolled out its first low-profile GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, close to a month after MSI released the very first card of its kind. ZOTAC's 16 cm-long card uses a 2-slot thick chunky aluminium heatsink to cool the GPU, memory, and a portion of the VRM. This heatsink is ventilated by two 40 mm fans. The card relies on the PCI-Express slot for all its power, and runs the GPU at NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 1665 MHz boost, and 8 Gbps GDDR5 memory. The card uses 4 GB of memory across a 128-bit wide memory bus. Based on the 12 nm "TU117" silicon, the GTX 1650 packs 896 CUDA cores, 56 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. Display outputs include one each of HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-D. The company didn't reveal pricing.

ZOTAC Announces Its GeForce RTX SUPER Lineup

ZOTAC GAMING is excited to introduce the new GeForce RTX SUPER series of graphics cards pushing more CUDA Cores, more GDDR6 memory, more memory bandwidth, and more power. Continuing the push for next-gen gaming, each SUPER Series enable extraordinary performance with real-time ray tracing with ray tracing cores and tensor cores. Each ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX SUPER series is equipped with the most powerful cooling hardware, IceStorm 2.0 cooling, and beautifully lit with SPECTRA lighting.

ZOTAC Announces the ZBOX QX Series Mini PC Powered by Xeon and Quadro

ZOTAC Technology, a global manufacturer of innovation, today introduced the more capable ZBOX Q Series Mini Creator PC featuring the advanced NVIDIA Quadro GPU and powerful workstation focused Intel Xeon processor. The new addition to the ZBOX Q Series leverages the ZBOX Mini PC's sleek and minimal design without compromising the powerful hardware components inside. From stunning industrial design and advanced special effects, to complex scientific visualization and sophisticated data modeling, to creating and editing images and videos, the ZBOX Q Series enables limitless creations.

The new ZBOX Q Series features the industry certified NVIDIA Quadro with up to 16GB GDDR5 memory. It's a tested and certified fully compatible hardware on many major professional design applications. The new Q Series models come equipped with an Intel Xeon processor to deliver fast and responsive performance.

ZOTAC Announces the Power Sipping FHD-capable GeForce GTX 1650

ZOTAC Technology, a global manufacturer of innovation, today announced the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1650 OC, the latest addition to the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 16-series. Featuring the NVIDIA Turing architecture, 4 GB GDDR5 memory, and super low power requirements, the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1650 OC is factory overclocked out of the box, supports triple display capability via HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4 and Dual Link DVI-D port, and delivers performance that's up to 2X the GeForce GTX 950 and up to 70% faster than the GTX 1050 on the latest games.

The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1650 OC measures only 151mm or 5.94 inches and is ready to fit in 99% of systems available. Equipped with a single 90 mm fan, the largest our engineers could squeeze in while still conforming to the standard card height. The striped fan blades break the flow of air into smaller channels enabling a more optimized flow and quieter rotation, while the deep angled blade increase downward pressure.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1650 Pictured: No Power Connector

Here are some of the first clear renders of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, this particular one from ZOTAC. The GTX 1650, slated for April 22, will be the most affordable GPU based on the "Turing" architecture, when launched. The box art confirms this card features 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. The ZOTAC card is compact and SFF-friendly, is no longer than the PCIe slot itself, and is 2 slots-thick. Its cooler is a simple fan-heatsink with an 80 mm fan ventilating an aluminium heatsink with radially-projecting fins. The card can make do with the 75W power drawn from the PCIe slot, and has no additional power connectors. Display outputs include one each of DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and a dual-link DVI-D.

ZOTAC Announces Availability of MEK Mini Gaming PC

ZOTAC Technology, a global manufacturer of innovation, today announced the launch of the super-compact gaming desktop, MEK MINI. Boasting a mere 9.18 liter, MEK MINI packs an Intel Core i7 processor, a discrete ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX graphics card, and SPECTRA 2.0 lighting system.

Utilizing over 12 years of design and engineering expertise, ZOTAC has been pioneering its way with many things MINI. First with the ZBOX Mini PC ranging from impossibly small to ones capable of rivaling desktops, secondly with MINI graphics cards that still retain the potent power and performance of larger sized ones, and now ZOTAC has set its sight on the Gaming PC segment with the small and strong MEK MINI.
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