Gigabyte showcases “alternate spinning” fan tech for their RTX 20 series GPUs

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Gigabyte showcases “alternate spinning” fan tech for their RTX 20 series GPUs

Nvidia’s RTX 20 series of graphics cards will release within the next few weeks, bringing with it a collection of new custom GPU designs, all of which will be duking it out for both attention and sales. 

Unique features are often one of the best ways to sell a new graphics card, with technologies like 0db fan curves and support for RGB illumination becoming killer features in recent graphics card generations. 

With Turing GPU featuring larger GPU dies than their predecessors, most people expect Turing to run hotter than their Pascal counterparts, with Nvidia creating an all-new Founders Edition design to deal with the extra thermal output. Several AIBs have also opted to produce custom graphics cards with larger coolers, making their GPUs larger than before, with many versions featuring more than two fans. 

With their custom RTX 20 series graphics cards, Gigabyte has opted to design their custom offerings to be both big and smart, providing what they call “Alternate Spinning” fans with their triple fan graphics card offerings, hoping to produce smoother airflow with reduced turbulence and noise levels.   

Gigabyte’s new triple fan Windforce coolers will have the middle fan spinning in the opposite direction to the other two, facilitating smooth airflow between each fan. This change reduces air turbulence and increases the speed at which air can travel through the graphics card, improving the thermal efficiency of the company’s heatsink.  

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If this technology proves to be successful in Gigabyte’s RTX 20 series graphics cards, it is likely that other graphics card manufacturers will adopt the same feature in future graphics card generation. Many high-end GPUs today already occupy more than two PCI slots of space within a PC, a factor which will force manufacturers to create more efficient heatsink designs moving forwards, as the standard “make the heatsink bigger” approach is already having negative consequences for some PC builders. 

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