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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition may not be the graphics card for perfectionists

The RTX 3080 Founders Edition with its upside-down 8. (Image source: Digital Foundry)
The RTX 3080 Founders Edition with its upside-down 8. (Image source: Digital Foundry)
NVIDIA may be getting the plaudits for the GeForce RTX 3080, but a quirk in the Founders Edition card may deter perfectionists from dropping US$699 on the card.

We have had a few months to acclimatise to the name RTX 3080 being upside down on NVIDIA's Founders Edition card, which leaked in June. However, it turns out that the RTX 3080 Founders Edition has another quirk, albeit one that has probably been overlooked by most people. For some reason, NVIDIA has adorned the Founders Edition with an upside-down 8.

It is a minor point, although we now cannot unsee it. NVIDIA has re-used the font from the RTX 20 series, so looking at the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti reveals how the 8 in RTX 3080 should look. Strictly speaking, the 8 is the right way up when the card is seated in a PCIe slot, but it does not follow the orientation of the other digits.

It is unclear whether this is intentional or an error, but it has sparked debate among communities like r/pcmasterrace and r/nvidia. Some people have joked that has stopped them from pre-ordering the Founders Edition, which may be true for perfectionists. Either way, the RTX 3080 Founders Edition seems likely a worth upgrade from the RTX 2080 and other Turing cards.

(Image source: Videocardz)
(Image source: r/pcmasterrace)

Update

An unboxing of the RTX 3080 Founders Edition by Wccftech shows that the retail packaging has the right way round. Hence, it would seem that NVIDIA has put the 8 upside-down on the card itself. 

(Image source: Wccftech)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-09-10 (Update: 2020-09-10)
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