Some Nvidia RTX 3090 And RTX 3080 Cards Have Leaked

Some Nvidia RTX 3090 And RTX 3080 Cards Have Leaked

For a company that’s normally pretty tight with info, Nvidia’s RTX launch has leaked more than some pirate ships and bamboo canoes.

Either way, it’s good news ahead of the official launch on Tuesday. Videocardz has gotten their hands on two photos of add-in board partner cards — that’s the GPUs you’d buy from a third-party brand like Gigabyte, Zotac, etc. —  for the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090.

The juicy part? Gainward’s RTX 3090 will have 24GB of VRAM, and will supposedly only need 350W of power. That’s definitely more than what the current generation of GPUs require, but it should ease any concerns people might have had about needing to replace their entire power supply.

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Image: Videocardz

Gainward’s going with a triple fan design and, as indicated by previous rumours, the RTX 3090 model will occupy three slots. No really, it’s a thicc card:

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Image: Videocardz

Not one for mini-ITX or smaller cases, then.

The RTX 3080 is similarly large and beefy — look at that heatsink — but with 4352 CUDA cores instead of 5248 CUDA cores.

For comparison, here’s what we’re looking at:

Gainward RTX 3090, 3080 Specs:

  • Base/boost clocks: 1725MHz/1740MHz (base clocks unknown)
  • VRAM: 24GB/10GB GDDR6X
  • CUDA Cores: 5248/4352
  • TDP: 350W/320W
  • Price: TBA

And for the RTX 2080 Ti and 2080, the predecessors to what we’re expecting to see tomorrow morning, here were the specs for the Founders Edition cards. AIB models were available after launch, and differed in various ways, but this should give you a quick idea.

RTX 2080 Ti/2080 Specs:

  • Base/boost clocks: 1350MHz/1515MHz, 1635MHz/1800MHz
  • VRAM: 11GB/8GB GDDR6
  • CUDA Cores: 4352/2944
  • TDP: 260W/225W
  • Price: $1899/$1299 (RRP at launch)

Update 12.30pm AEST: More specs have been posted online on Twitter, feat. more RTX 3090 and 3080 models:

It’s important to note that we don’t know if Gainward’s GPUs, which are due out next week after the official launch, will be sold in Australia. Reference designs are also likely to differ from the cards Nvidia will sell directly, which are likely to include vapour chamber cooling and on the higher-end cards, a custom 12-pin connector. So keep all of that in mind.

That said, the biggest difference here is obviously the power requirements. That’s partially a byproduct of GDDR6X being more power hungry than its predecessors, but also Nvidia pushing the power envelope further for more performance — and figuring that most PC users would be more than happy with the trade-off.

An interesting inclusion, one that’s supposedly only on the RTX 3090 model, is a new NVLink SLI bridge. Dual graphics cards hasn’t really been relevant for gaming for years, thanks to a lack of developer support and a lack of interest from the GPU makers themselves. The RTX 3080 won’t have this new bridge, but then again, one of these cards is large enough for most PC cases as is.

Both cards will be built on 7nm technology, the same as what AMD’s using for their Big Navi GPUs due out very soon. Like, c’mon AMD, retail stores are already putting up their Christmas trees. Either way, the official reveal of the new RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and possibly the RTX 3070, isn’t until early Wednesday morning.

It’s going to be a fun week for PC gamers.


  • Hoping for a dual-slot 3090 variant that’ll fit in my mini-ITX case, as the plan is for a custom water loop…

    Worst case, I’ll have to change case and wish I’d bought the Neo-G mini case instead of the Neo Mini… 🙂

      • If you can call that living!

        Don’t know if i can justify upgrading my 2080, especially with prices doing what they’re doing.

        I think a ps5 will be my discretionary spend this year. A whole system for a quarter of the price!

    • if youre after a water cooled solution i see no reason why you cannot get a single slot card. the bulk that makes these triple slot is the heatsink/fan after all. though not sure why everyones acting like a triple slot is something new. triple slot designs have been around for decades. my 1080ti is triple slot.

      • If there’s a single or dual slot variant out there – I presume there will be some for the modders, or at least an adapter face plate.

        I know the 1080ti and 2080ti came in both 2 and 3 slot models depending on the manufacturer, so fingers crossed I guess. 🙂

      • It usually takes a bit longer for the triple slot coolers to be released and has not appeared as part of the lead up marketing before as far as I know.

        This means for some people seeing a triple slot cooler is a novelty.

        • not at all. ill agree if the founders edition is triple slot then thats new, but who buys a founders edition? 3rd party cards are in 2 categories, price or performance. by price i mean the cheaper end, prob manage 2 slot but with severe limitations on performance. by performance? 3 slots, extra cooling, extra performance.

  • Still pretty happy with my RTX2080 FE, but it really depends on how that holds up for Cyberpunk haha. If I’m not getting 150ish FPS on that in 1080p I’ll likely switch to the newer cards.

    • Hahaha. Same. But i need something over 50fps in 3440×1440.

      I’m happy to turn some settings down if i have to. In a lot of games i really can’t see a huge difference between high and ultra anyhow.

      These cards have climbed way above the price I’m comfortable with paying now. Not when you can get a whole tv or a really decent sound system for less than that.

    • at 1080p you dont need to worry too much about your graphics card. i cannot comment on cyberpunk since it isnt released, but if history is anything to go by then youll be laughing at getting 150fps at 1080p when all relevant details are dialled in (1080p doesnt need 4k textures, doesnt need many high end features set to max. can get away with medium in most cases with 0% degredation in quality due to such a low res). that said, you got a 2080. thats about on par with a 1080ti, youll do 1440p just fine.

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