Gigabyte’s Aorus RTX 3080 & 3090 Xtreme GPUs appear to be 4-slot monsters

Gigabyte's Aorus RTX 3080 & 3090 Xtreme GPUs appear to be 4-slot monsters

Gigabyte’s Aorus RTX 3080 & 3090 Xtreme GPUs appear to be 4-slot monsters

For those who don’t already know, Nvidia RTX 30 series of products has upped the power requirements of the company’s high-end gaming lineup, leading to an increase in cooling requirements for the next generation of high-end graphics cards. 

Gigabyte has revealed its new Aorus Xtreme graphics card design, which will be available in RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 series flavours. These graphics cards are monstrously large, with each graphics card being 3.5-4 slots in size. This will make Gigabyte’s RTX 30 Series AORUS XTREME graphics cards be some of the thickest GPUs on the market when they launch later this month. 

We have also confirmed that Gigabyte’s RTX 30 series Aorus Master graphics cards will also feature the same cooler as its Aorus Xtreme counterpart, but these Aorus Master models will ship with lower GPU clock speeds. 

With Ampere, Gigabyte has invested in new fan and heatsink designs for its custom RTX series products, offering users larger fans with overlapping radius’. Gigabyte’s new Aorus coolers also feature thicker fin stacks, which offers Aorus Xtreme and Master users more surface area to deliver ample cooling for their Ampere products. 

At this time, it is unknown what clock speeds these new Aorus graphics cards will operate at, or how much Gigabyte’s new Aorus products will cost. 
   

Gigabyte's Aorus RTX 3080 & 3090 Xtreme GPUs appear to be 4-slot monsters  

Are 3.5-4 slot graphics cards too thick? 

Before Ampere, we have never seen a graphics card that was over three slots thick. Now, thanks to Ampere’s higher power requirements, Nvidia’s board partners have needed to adapt their cooling solutions in unique ways to deliver increased thermal performance. For Gigabyte, the company’s solution was to make their Aorus series of graphics cards thicker, a factor which will make it difficult for PC builders to install additional add-on cards. 

For users of capture cards, sound cards and other PCIe-based accessories, Gigabyte’s RTX 30 series Aorus cooler may be too thick for your use case. That said, the thickness of this cooler should allow RTX 30 series owners to cool their Ampere graphics cards with minimal fan noise thanks to its sheer heatsink volume. Has Aorus tamed Ampere with this cooler? We will find out when we start testing custom Ampere series graphics cards. 

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Gigabyte's Aorus RTX 3080 & 3090 Xtreme GPUs appear to be 4-slot monsters