A closer look at Nvidias new RTX 3080
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Nvidia is promising big things with the GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. Twice the performance of the RTX 2080 is perhaps the biggest claim of them all, with pledges of a PC gaming breakthrough. While were still putting the RTX 3080 through its paces, heres a closer look at what the actual hardware looks like.
Nvidia has switched to a new pennant-shaped board for the RTX 3080 and combined this PCB with a new cooling shroud. That means the RTX 3080 forms a figure of eight, with fans flanking either side. Nvidia is using a push-pull system here, with the left-hand fan acting more like a traditional blower cooler by exhausting air out of the PCIe slot. The right-hand fan pulls air into the card, which then exhausts on the opposite side…