Several models of Nvidia’s soon-to-be-released flagship graphics card, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, will apparently require a massive cooling system to function properly. As a result, some of these custom GPUs will be among the largest consumer video cards ever to hit the market.
As reported by VideoCardz and Tom’s Hardware, photos of the monster GPU coming from Nvidia board partners are starting to emerge as we approach the card’s launch date.
Our first look at various RTX 3090 Ti models from Colorful and EVGA confirms that the board’s cooling system will be 3.5 to 4 slots wide or have a hybrid liquid cooling configuration.
Let’s start with the EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW Ultra, which will have a 3.5-slot cooling solution. Not only will this particular model consume a lot of power, but it will also be significantly thicker and wider than its predecessor, the RTX 3090 FTW3.
Due to its massive 3.5-slot design, EVGA has embedded the full RTX 3090 Ti name on the board’s side label, which is also accompanied by a new I/O bracket.
EVGA has also chosen to include the upgraded PCIe Gen5 power connector on the back of the card instead of on the side. VideoCardz highlights how, while in theory this should streamline cable management, the placement will require additional space within the chassis itself.
Elsewhere, it is seemingly confirmed that GPU maker Colorful is releasing at least three RTX 3090 Ti models. The first variant is the BattleAx Deluxe, which comes with a rectangular cooler design. As for the RTX 3090 Ti iGame Vulcan OC, it will be Colorful’s flagship model. Like the EVGA FTW Ultra, this particular board also features a 3.5-slot cooling design. Finally, the iGame Neptune OC will be a liquid-cooled RTX 3090 Ti. Instead of three fans, Colorful integrated a 2-slot AIO kit alongside a 280mm radiator with two fans.
As noted by Tom’s Hardware, we’ve already heard that the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti will have a recommended thermal board power (TBP) of 450 watts, with some boards potentially reaching 480W. In any case, it would be a huge leap from the 350W power of the GeForce RTX 3090.
So if you take into account the improved technical specs of the RTX 3090 Ti – 24 GB GDDR6X memory, 10,752 CUDA core count, etc. – it makes sense that the RTX 3090 Ti could very well usher in a new era of boards being designed with a quad-slot cooler to handle the increased power consumption.
The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is expected to be available this week or early April. When it launches, it will instantly become one of the most expensive graphics cards ever.