NVIDIA RTX 3000 Ampere

NVIDIA shows off ‘revolutionary’ Ampere RTX 3000 Cooling and PCB design

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NVIDIA recently uploaded a teaser of the GeForce RTX 3000 Series Ampere graphics cards. The news is official. The next-gen graphics cards are all set for launch. The teaser has given us some insight regarding its design. Judging from what we’ve seen, it looks tremendous.

NVIDIA Shows-Off Cooling and Power Delivery System of the Next-Gen Graphics Cards

The new Founders Edition cards, which were leaked a month ago, were officially announced in the teaser. Moreover, details about the PCB and cooling systems brought in by the GeForce RTX 30 were also revealed.

The New and Improved Cooling System

The work put in for the cooling is top of the line. It might just be NVIDIA’s best work to date for this series. The cooling system fully incorporates an aluminum alloy heatsink. This is accompanied by double-sided axial tech-based fans. A nano-carbon coating covers the heatsink. This should be great for temperature control.

Based on some previous leaks, there is one expectation we can draw. Four well-sized heat pipes running across all four sets of heatsinks are in the mix.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30’s Design Creativity – Cooling System

The design leaves no stone unturned. It comes with a fin and heat pipe design as well as a unique fan placement. One on the front and the other at the bottom. This an interesting choice and immaculate design.

However, the whole push and pull placement technique of the fans hasn’t been field-tested. Not for graphic cards at least. Nonetheless, NVIDIA does deserve credit for engineering creativity.

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Moreover, the fin and heat pipe design is an ode to an older version of the GeForce. The GeForce GTX780 with the original Founders Edition launch came with a similar system. The decision to go back to the basics with a modern twist should be well-received from all parties.

The New and Improved PCB and Power Design

The upcoming version is expected to be the premium version. The 20 power chokes being featured in the new model should see to that. Moreover, NVIDIA’s new graphics card will come with 12-pin Micro-Fit 3.0 power connectors. This indefinitely makes the design much more high-end than the RTX 20 series card.

NVIDIA RTX 3000 Ampere
Image: NVIDIA

Furthermore, the cards will be shipped with their respective pin and connector bundles. 2x 8-pin to 1x 12-pin connectors. Such measures are being put in place to ensure that there are no compatibility issues.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30’s Design Creativity – PCB and Power System

Moreover, what is rather unique is how the 12-pin connector has been placed. It’s upright. This is rather different from the norm. However, it is intelligent since this allows it to fit more accurately into the PCB design. Furthermore, moving to a 12-pin plug from the dual 8-pin is a gamble. We can only wait and see if it pays off for NVIDIA.

Additionally, the next-gen cards are much smaller in size compared to any other recognizable product of NVIDIA. The PCB isn’t really that roomy so choosing a smaller design is more fitting.

 

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