Possible NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 die leaks as supplier confirms that Ampere water blocks will be "ready at or close to launch"
We are less than a week away from the next GeForce Special Event, which NVIDIA will host virtually on September 1. In the meantime, the first picture of the GA102 GPU has leaked on Chiphell. NVIDIA is expected to use the GA102 in the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, but the 300-A1 variant of it pictured here is apparently destined for the RTX 3090.
According to past rumours, the GA102-300-A1 will have 5,248 or 5,376 CUDA cores and a boost clock of up to 2,200 MHz. Now, @_rogame has determined that the GA102 die could measure up to 628 mm², which would make it significantly smaller than the size of the TU102 die. @_rogame has stressed that this is just an estimate, but @kopite7kimi claimed in July that the GA102 die would measure 627.12 mm².
Additionally, EK Water Blocks has informed fans that it will have water blocks "ready at or close to launch". As Videocardz pointed out, this would suggest that NVIDIA has shared PCB schematics with EK Water Blocks, and that its Ampere water blocks are in the final stages of development. @CyberCatPunk has mentioned that NVIDIA may recommend an 850 W PSU for the RTX 3090, which may explain the need to have water blocks available to purchase near launch.