In a nutshell: A photo of 2 RTX 3080 models has actually been published to the Chiphell online forums, which frequently obstruct early hardware styles. New GPU launches seldom innovate much on the cooling front. However if this image is genuine, then Nvidia has something unique, or a minimum of particularly difficult, in the works.
The style of this GPU set is right away unusual. Initially, there’s one fan on the bottom of the GPU and one fan on the top. Second, the power adapter isn’t noticeable, which indicates it’s on the rightmost surface area of the card (on the bottom model) which can’t be seen from the pictures. That’s in fact where the Quadro GPUs have theirs. However 3rd, and this should be the strangest, the PCB is just two-thirds the length of the chassis and has a triangular cutout to fit the bottom fan.
Observe, nevertheless, that these GPUs remain in quite rough nick. The colors are dull, the heat sinks are misaligned and unfiled, and there’s no branding apart from the ‘RTX 3080’ and ‘GeForce RTX’ logo designs. They’re most likely to be from a small OEM than be Nvidia recommendation designs. There might be no Ampere GPU in there at all, and these may be pre-emptive styles prototyped ahead of hardware deliveries. So although these pictures suggest an impending release schedule at very first sight, there’s actually no informing where Nvidia remains in the advancement cycle.
Is non-traditional great or bad?
The PCB is the amusing looking shape at the bottom, and the power adapter is at the leading right. Credit: Cloud through Twitter
This cooling option isn’t as non-traditional as it looks however is nevertheless rather amazing. The plan of the heatsink fins avoids air flow from taking a trip laterally throughout the PCB, which is the reverse of how a regular GPU cooler works. The left fan – which is to sit above the position of the power supply in a routine chassis – pulls air up onto the GPU pass away then tires it out the back of the chassis (that’s typical). The rightmost fan appears to draw air up from the bottom of the case and through a heatsink prior to tiring it at the approximate area of the RAM.
This method is not likely to supply a direct cooling benefit relative to existing styles. Nevertheless, due to the fact that it directs air flow through standardized paths within the computer system chassis, roughly drawing air in from the bottom-front of a case and tiring it out the top-left, it can utilize other cooling fans within the computer system a lot more efficiently.
Holistically, then, this style might keep the GPU and the air within the chassis cooler than existing styles do if it is well performed. This might be an effort to separate from AMD, or it might represent that these GPUs run exceedingly hot. This latter theory would oppose reports that Ampere will use considerable performance enhancements however supports leakages that recommend flagship Ampere GPUs will have a really high power draw.
Wait, what requires cooling?
Cooling is all well and good, however what requires cooling is more fascinating. When it pertains to the specifics of the RTX 3080, information are still sporadic, or a minimum of well-evidenced information are. However there are 2 leakers with great performance history that should have acknowledgment: kopite7kimi and KkatCorgi.
A year prior to its statement, Kopite dripped the rough die size, transistor count, and memory setup of the Nvidia A100. By February this year, KkatCorgi understood the precise die size and in between the 2 of them, they developed a precise photo of the A100’s last core count. It was outstanding.
Phony news 1: I’m not exactly sure, however the PCB of the Ampere video game card might be developed to an irregular shape.
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) January 20, 2020
Relating To the RTX 3080, they both anticipated the uncommon PCB months earlier. They both think that the RTX 3080 will have 10 GB of memory operating at a minimum of 18 Gbps, relative to 8 GB and 14 Gbps on the RTX 2080. Kopite speculates that the RTX 3080 will have 4,352 CUDA cores like the RTX 2080 Ti. Absolutely nothing either of them state can be confirmed, nevertheless, so it would be reckless to put bets.