It appears that NVIDIA is already working on its upcoming GeForce RTX 30 series, as the ‘prototype’ of the GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card design has been leaked on Chiphell earlier today.
The leaked photo is already on its way to renowned leakster sites and social media, with the authenticity of the leaked photo being questioned by users in the tech community – we can already see some pretty heated debate going on at videocardz, wccftech and a tweet by user 9550pro on Twitter.
‘GeForce RTX 3080’ Leaked Photo
From the leaked photo, we can see that the GeForce RTX 3080 retains the same black and silver color scheme of the Founders Edition card but it is unlike any of the existing designs we’ve seen to date. The card is equipped with a rather unusual bi-directional dual-fan design cooler that has its fans blowing airs in a different direction. Whether it’s a big chunk of heatsink with finely cut fins or different parts of heatsink that is connected with heatpipes, it’s impossible to know how the heatsink looks like for now.
Specifications of the GeForce RTX 3080 are still unknown as of now but there are rumors which suggest that it may actually ship with an extremely powerful GA102 core GPU and NVIDIA might couple it with up to 16GB memory and 256-bit bus width.
And for those of you who are trying to figure out how will the PCB be like if NVIDIA really ships its new RTX 30 series card with this cooler, the reply on 9550pro’s tweet by Twitter user cloudol suggests that the card will come with a shorter PCB, probably in mini ITX form factor. Some users in the community suggest that it could be an irregular shaped PCB with a V-shaped cut at the end to fit the pointed end of the heatsink, similar to the NVIDIA EGX A100 for data center which was announced a month ago.
That’s all we know for now but we advise you to take this information with a grain of salt and wait for the official announcement and update from NVIDIA.