In a span of less than a week, the rumour mill has churned out images of what is reported to be a prototype unit of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and reference cooler, along with the suspected specification of what might possibly be the RTX 3090. Now, in reference to the former, a new picture of its heatsink seems to have surfaced.
The image undoubtedly gives us a clearer and slightly more detailed look of the alleged RTX 3080’s heatsink. More to the point, it allows us to see both the cross-sections of its Y-shaped fins, as well as the heatpipes running just beneath the surface.
Above all else, we can also see the circular, sinked-in well at one end of the heatsink – where the cooler’s fan will undoubtedly sit – along with a large plate in the middle of it. Indicating the alleged RTX 3080’s GPU position on the circuit board.
One of the hottest talking points of NVIDIA’s next-generation GeForce RTX series cards was is the design and orientation of the card’s two fans. Based on the earlier leaked image, the GPU maker is looking to spice things up by having one fan blowing directly on to the card’s Ampere-based GPU. While the other fan will blow air in from the back of the card.
On a related note, it doesn’t sound like doing this is going to be cheap; one report implies that the alleged Founders Edition cooler costs US$150 (~RM637) a pop. That means that if this cooler shroud is the real deal, it’s almost a certainty that the finished product is going to cost us a pretty penny.
As always, the image above is still unverified and considering NVIDIA’s “no comment” policy regarding unreleased and unfinished products, take this news with a grain of salt.
(Source: Tom’s Hardware)