NVIDIA has recently announced the GeForce RTX 30, and the partners wasted no time in unveiling the first custom variants of the new graphics cards based on Ampere architecture. Yesterday's presentation aroused a lot of interest among insiders, not only for the remarkable technical characteristics of the Ampere GPUs, but also for the prices that, despite being "important", are not particularly high compared to the previous generation.
ASUS anticipated everyone and during the virtual event Meta Buffs had already shown the first details of the new GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070. However, the list is very long and we will try to summarize the various proposals from manufacturers such as MSI, EVGA, Zotac, Gigabyte, Gainward, Colorful and Inno3D.
Before moving on to this review, for convenience let's review the basic technical specifications of the GeForce RTX 30, common to custom models, except for the frequencies.
GeForce RTX 3090:
- Cuda Core 10496
- GPU frequency 1695 MHz (Boost)
- 24GB GDDR6X memory
- 384 bit memory bus
- TDP 350W
GeForce RTX 3080:
- Cuda Core 8704
- GPU frequency 1710 MHz (Boost)
- 10GB GDDR6X memory
- 320 bit memory bus
- TDP 320W
GeForce RTX 3070:
- Cuda Core 5888
- GPU frequency 1725 MHz (Boost)
- 8GB GDDR6X memory
- 256-bit memory bus
- TDP 220W
- GIGABYTE AORUS
- PALIT MICROSYSTEM
- COLORFUL, INNO 3D AND GAINWARD
MSI is on the market with two different lines of GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards, as many as 14 models belonging to the Gaming Trio and Ventus families. Let's start with the MSI Gaming Trio series which represents, at least at the moment, the highest-end proposal and with several technical innovations.
Six models presented, GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming Trio X, GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming Trio, GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming Trio X, GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming Trio, GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming Trio X and GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming Trio; MSI at the moment has not provided all the details related to the specifications (frequencies), however the Gaming Trio X variants have always been characterized by a factory overclock, absent on the basic Gaming Trio versions.
Like the Founders Edition variants of NVIDIA, the MSI GeForce RTX Gaming Trio aim at the efficiency of the dissipation system and above all at reducing noise; these models are equipped with custom PCBs, TRI FROZR 2 triple fan heatsink and new generation TORX FAN 4.0 fans, all in tandem with a new and massive dissipating body.
On board we find the MSI Mystic Light lighting system, which can be managed via software as well as the other parameters of the card (temperatures, frequencies, fans) that can be monitored / customized with MSI Dragon Center and MSI Afterburner.
The MSI GeForce RTX 30 Ventus models are decidedly more essential but still equipped with a high-performance dissipation system that allows you to better manage temperatures. The manufacturer offers a triple fan heatsink with dual fan options for the GeForce RTX 3070 model, which is much less demanding in terms of heat produced.
The models are in detail: MSI GeForce 3090 Ventus 3X OC, GeForce 3090 Ventus 3X, GeForce 3080 Ventus 3X OC, GeForce 3080 Ventus 3X, GeForce 3070 Ventus 3X OC, GeForce 3070 Ventus 3X, GeForce 3070 Ventus 2X OC and GeForce 3070 Ventus 2X OC.
Also in this case MSI has not yet provided the technical details, we know that the various models will use a triple fan heatsink with TORX FAN 3.0 technology and will be equipped with a backplate, all using always a custom PCB.
Gigabyte hasn't gone too far for now, but on the official website we find four new models under the AORUS gaming brand which include AORUS GeForce RTX 3090 XTREME, AORUS GeForce RTX 3090 MASTER, AORUS GeForce RTX 3080 XTREME and AORUS GeForce RTX 3080 MASTER.
Also in this case, at the time of writing, we have few details, if not those relating to the decidedly impressive dissipation system. The four models are characterized by a massive dissipating body with Vapor Chamber technology cooled by three fans with alternating and intelligent rotation.
The fans have different sizes (two 115mm and one 100mm) and a particular wind-claw design that allows to optimize the conveyed air flow and consequently the efficiency of the heatsink. Being the AORUS flagship models, we then find several additional features in addition to the proprietary lighting system and LEDs that indicate the operating temperature of the GPU. We obviously expect a completely revised PCB and a sturdy power section that supports very high overclocking.
Let's move on to Zotac announcing in order the GAMING GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity, GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity and GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge cards; However, there are four more ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3090 AMP Extreme, GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 AMP Extreme, GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity Holo and GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge Holo models on the way.
The Zotac GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 Trinity also offer an IceStorm 2.0 triple fan cooler; the system features a metal cover and a sturdy backplate with RGB LEDs and a Spectra 2.0 lighting system. In this case, the manufacturer has announced the specifications relating to the frequency of the GPU which, surprisingly, resume those NVIDIA references; for the more demanding models we will have to wait for the Zotac AMP Extreme variants.
The Zotac GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge essentially incorporates the same design but with a dual fan heatsink and smaller dimensions; it should be noted that the RGB LED lighting system is not present.
EVGA, NVIDIA's exclusive partner, moves on the same line as MSI and offers the debut 11 models of the new GeForce RTX 30, hiding for the moment on operating frequencies.
Ben 5 models for the GeForce RTX 3090, from the flagship model EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN Edition (hybrid air / liquid), passing to the now known variants HYDRO COPPER, HYBRID, FTW3 (photo above) and XC3.
Interesting is the FTW3 variant, probably the most popular, which uses the renewed iCX3 dissipation system with triple cooling fan, ARGB lighting system and unified copper block to extract heat from GPU and memory chip.
The EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 receives the same treatment, with the exception of the KINGPIN Edition variant, reserved for the moment only for the top of the range. As for the GeForce RTX 3070, it will be available in FTW3 and XC3 versions, again with a triple fan heatsink.
Palit also presents itself on the market with two product lines for the GeForce RTX 30, we are talking about the top models Game Rock (not yet present on the official website) and the more sober GamingPro GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070.
The Palit Game Rock line focuses heavily on aesthetics with an eye-catching ARGB color and lighting that can be customized down to the smallest detail. Most likely we are facing factory overclocked products that will be able to take advantage of the efficiency of a massive triple fan cooler.
The Palit GamingPro series products, also available in an overclocked (OC) version with the exception of the RTX 3070, maintain a more sober design while offering the same ARGB dissipation and illumination capacity. The triple fan heatsink with Turbo FAN 3.0 features a massive aluminum lamellar body and copper heatpipe; ARGB LEDs can be managed by the Palit ThunderMaster utility.
We report that the GamingPro OC GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 variants have a GPU Boost frequency of 1725 MHz and 1740 MHz respectively, the NVIDIA reference values instead are 1695 MHz (RTX 3090) and 1710 MHz (RTX 3080).
The Chinese company Colorful is known for graphics cards with a particularly elaborate design and usually out of the box in size. The manufacturer offers four different lines for new NVIDIA, respectively GeForce RTX 30 Vulcan, Neptune, Advanced, Ultra, Battle-Ax and NB.
The Colorful Vulcan line features a gigantic triple fan cooler that integrates a large multifunction LCD display (480x120mm) while the Neptune models are equipped with a liquid cooler.
The Colorful Advanced Ultra, Battle-AX and NB models instead propose an air cooler with triple fan, always with an eye for gamers who like RGB LEDs and "special" designs.
Gainward does not break down that much and announces the GeForce RTX 30 Phoenix line which, at least for the moment, only includes GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 (RTX 3070 should arrive in the next few days). Also in this case we find a heatsink with triple full-cover fan and ARGB lighting that can be customized via software.
Gainward offers two overclocked models, respectively GeForce RTX 3090 GS (Golden Sample) and RTX 3080 GS, characterized by Boost frequencies that reach 1725 MHz (RTX 3090) and 1740 MHz (RTX 3080).
Inno3D is limited only to the GeForce RTX 3090 and 3080 (RTX 3070 later), but proposing them in three different variants. We start with the top iCHILL X4 models, one of the most impressive solutions we have seen so far and which uses 4 cooling fans: three on the heatsink and one on the 4.5cm side to better cool the mosfets.
The iCHILL X3 models move on the same line but with a three-fan heatsink, backplate and customizable RGB LED system. They will most likely come with factory overclocking, while iCHILL X4 versions will offer even higher Boost frequencies.
Let's close with the INNO3D GEFORCE RTX 3090 GAMING X3 always with triple fan heatsink but probably with NVIDIA reference frequencies. In this case, no RGB LEDs, however the size of the heatsink with optimized backplate will allow you to push the frequencies in overclocking.
The entry-level offering for the GeForce RTX 30 series is represented by the GEFORCE RTX 3080 TWIN X2 OC, followed shortly by the RTX 3070 TWIN X2 OC model. We are talking about a basic model with dual fan heatsink, asymmetrical backplate and without RGB effects; also in this case we are faced with models that reflect the specifications of the basic NVIDIA versions.