Notebookcheck

Hands-on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition picture showcases the card's gargantuan size and ungainly power connector

The RTX 3090 Founders Edition is one big card. (Image source: NVIDIA)
The RTX 3090 Founders Edition is one big card. (Image source: NVIDIA)
The first picture of an RTX 3090 Founders Edition in a case has been published online, and it is huge. NVIDIA's new 12-pin power connector sticks out like a sore thumb, too.

The GeForce RTX 3090 arrives on September 24, but someone has posted a hands-on image of a pre-production Founders Edition model on Chiphell. NVIDIA has already confirmed that the RTX 3090 is a triple-slot card, for which it recommends at least a 750 W power supply. The card itself supposedly draws 350 W, which is 90 W higher than the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition.

The photo from Chiphell really gives a sense of how big the RTX 3090 is. At 313 x 138 mm, the RTX 3090 will be too long for many Mini Tower (MicroATX) and Mid Tower (ATX) cases. As Videocardz points out, the RTX 3090 Founders Edition on display here differs from retail units slightly. NVIDIA added titanium elements to the final design, possibly to make the RTX 3090 Founders Edition more eye-catching than the all-black design of the pre-production model.

Another element that stands out is the position of the card's power connector. RTX 30 series Founders Edition cards have 12-pin power connectors, unlike custom cards produced by add-in-board (AIB) partners. The one on the RTX 3090 Founders Edition protrudes from the middle of the top of the card, which could make cable management a chore, especially when using the 12-pin to dual 8-pin power connector adapter.

The added size of the RTX 3090 does come with some serious performance improvements over the RTX 3080, though. NVIDIA has crammed 10,496 CUDA cores onto the RTX 3090 Founders Edition, along with 328 Tensor cores, 82 RT cores and 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM. However, it also costs over two times more than the RTX 3080 Founders Edition, which costs US$699.

Sale off now on Amazon - NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition Graphics Card

 

 

A pre-production model of the RTX 3090 Founders Edition. (Image source: Chiphell)
A pre-production model of the RTX 3090 Founders Edition. (Image source: Chiphell)

Source(s)

static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2020 09 > Hands-on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition picture showcases the card's gargantuan size and ungainly power connector
Alex Alderson, 2020-09-11 (Update: 2020-09-11)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.