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By now, most of you know that NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards run relatively hot and suck up plenty of power, so the idea of releasing one without an open-air cooler seems mildly insane, but one manufacturer has gone ahead and done just that. GIGABYTE has listed a BFGPU variant called the GeForce RTX 3090 TURBO 24G, which rolls the dice by adopting a blower design.

It’s too early to tell how it’ll fare on the temperature and/or decibel scale in comparison to its dual- and triple-fan counterparts, but we will say that the graphics card’s clean, minimalist design is quite attractive. As you might expect, the blower design has resulted in a leaner profile that’s certainly easier on the eyes than the waistlines of the Founders Edition and other open-air models.

GIGABYTE hasn’t published the GeForce RTX 3090 TURBO 24G’s clock speeds yet, but the specifications list does confirm the card’s size (10.5″ x 4.38″ x 1.57″). In comparison, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition measures 12.3″ x 5.4″ and occupies three slots.

“GIGABYTE TURBO is ideal for multi-graphic cards with a space-restricted chassis,” the company wrote. “The metal cover with the indented design and 80mm blower fan allows for larger airflow intake. With a vapor chamber direct touch GPU, copper heat sink, heat pipe and blower fan, it provides better heat dissipation.”

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  1. Maybe for running strictly at stock speeds in poorly cooled cases? Multi GPU setups?

    A card for creatives is my bet, To be put in Dell/Lenovo etc workstations as upgrades…

  2. Maybe for running strictly at stock speeds in poorly cooled cases? Multi GPU setups?

    A card for creatives is my bet, To be put in Dell/Lenovo etc workstations as upgrades…

    That also goes with the notion that I’ve been posting about how the 3090 edges into Quadro territory.

  3. Yeah man, serious workstation juice on a budget.
    The 3090 could very well end up being a hell of a deal for the less loaded creatives out there.

    For all 3 that manage to buy one, they probably even harder to find then that pot of gold at the end of a raibow

  4. I wouldn’t imagine this would work well let alone be a very good seller.

    It’s great if you just want to replace the cooling anyway. I bought a blower 2080ti from gigabyte, I never intended to use the factory cooler. And gigabyte doesn’t even void the warranty if you remove the cooler.

  5. It’s great if you just want to replace the cooling anyway. I bought a blower 2080ti from gigabyte, I never intended to use the factory cooler. And gigabyte doesn’t even void the warranty if you remove the cooler.

    I agree. I have replaced a few coolers on their cards, but never had an issue so warranty never came into play. I try and stick with Gigabyte cards as much as possible since they haven’t let me down.

  6. It’s great if you just want to replace the cooling anyway. I bought a blower 2080ti from gigabyte, I never intended to use the factory cooler. And gigabyte doesn’t even void the warranty if you remove the cooler.

    Yes, perfect candidate for a waterblock.

  7. Also, lol at "turbo edition".

    Does this mean the fan will have to have similar RPM to a turbocharger? :p

    It’s more about the pressure relief valve when the ‘liquid’ cooling gets heat soaked and the system declocks it makes a ‘PFSHHH!" Sound to let you know it has real turbo power!!!

  8. It’s more about the pressure relief valve when the ‘liquid’ cooling gets heat soaked and the system declocks it makes a ‘PFSHHH!" Sound to let you know it has real turbo power!!!

    Unless they’re using a bypass valve instead of a blowoff valve.

  9. Where can one obtain one of these?

    See first you find a rainbow and follow it to the pot of gold where you can catch a Leprecon (sp). You then make that little SOB take you to the fae mound where all of the magical creatures live. Once there you bed the princess or prince as suites your fancy, then once they have your child after a surprisingly brief gestation you offer it up as a sacrifice to the demonic forces. Being such a rare creature they will give you a chance to be put on a list to obtain a 3080… but it involves a lot of lube, and ‘devil horns’ whatever that means.

  10. Where can one obtain one of these?

    I’m with you.

    I’m thinking this probably wouldn’t be a bad card to get.

    Firstly, it should be easier to find, because all the kiddies want the royal rainbow versions and better cooling.

    Secondly, since it will likely run hotter with this cooler, Gigabyte will likely have to have used a higher bin chip to make it work right.

    Thirdly, I’ll be putting a water block on whatever I wind up getting anyway…

  11. I’m with you.

    I’m thinking this probably wouldn’t be a bad card to get.

    Firstly, it should be easier to find, because all the kiddies want the royal rainbow versions and better cooling.

    Secondly, since it will likely run hotter with this cooler, Gigabyte will likely have to have used a higher bin chip to make it work right.

    Thirdly, I’ll be putting a water block on whatever I wind up getting anyway…

    My thoughts exactly.

  12. This could be great for those with smaller cases to help keep the heat out. I run a lot of mITX (3 mITX desktops currently) and blowers tend to work well in these kinds of environments where the FE edition could cause issues with getting heat out (especially in cases where my GPU is horizontal instead of vertical). Blower cards have their uses, even in OEM where they don’t want to install a ton of fans into a box or have a compact design that doesn’t allow great airflow.
  13. This could be great for those with smaller cases to help keep the heat out. I run a lot of mITX (3 mITX desktops currently) and blowers tend to work well in these kinds of environments where the FE edition could cause issues with getting heat out (especially in cases where my GPU is horizontal instead of vertical). Blower cards have their uses, even in OEM where they don’t want to install a ton of fans into a box or have a compact design that doesn’t allow great airflow.

    Nvidia’s new cooler scheme, while still probably not suitable for mounting parallel to the motherboard, in a typical desktop tower configuration results in the rear fan exhausting out the card slot and the front fan pushing air ‘up’.

    It’s quite a bit different than the radial coolers that generally just blow air around themselves, which require good overall airflow in the enclosure to ensure that cool air gets mixed in. These new coolers should work very well even in smaller enclosures and those with less internal airflow.

    They should also work fairly well in enclosures with ‘flat’ layouts, like the Node 202.

  14. Nvidia’s new cooler scheme, while still probably not suitable for mounting parallel to the motherboard, in a typical desktop tower configuration results in the rear fan exhausting out the card slot and the front fan pushing air ‘up’.

    It’s quite a bit different than the radial coolers that generally just blow air around themselves, which require good overall airflow in the enclosure to ensure that cool air gets mixed in. These new coolers should work very well even in smaller enclosures and those with less internal airflow.

    They should also work fairly well in enclosures with ‘flat’ layouts, like the Node 202.

    Yeah, I was just trying to say it’s nice to have some options for different cases and reasons. I’m not hating on FE cards, I think the design will/does work well in a typical case. I also think triple radial fans has proven to work well also. Blowers have their uses in some cases as well, so having all of the options is good for a consumer.

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