At GTC 2022, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang presented news from the green team. On display was the company’s latest creation, the Geforce RTX 4000 series “Ada Lovelace”, with the graphics cards RTX 4090, RTX 4080 16 GB and RTX 4080 12 GB in Founder’s Edition design. In addition to the Nvidia-signed reference version, a bunch from various partner manufacturers await as usual, with MSI, Asus and Gigabyte now offering a sneak peek of what’s to come.
Asus joins the dark side
First up is Asus, which lifting the graphics card cover from both the ROG Strix and TUF series. The more lavish variants carry the ROG Strix name and the familiar eye, and include all three models that Nvidia has presented so far. The graphics card has a new design reminiscent of a spaceship from Star Wars space empire, with lightsabers on the side.
Both the Geforce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 16 GB take up 3.5 PCI Express slots and are 357 millimeters long. These mammoths get a newly designed cooler with an improved vapor chamber (eng. vapor chamber) and new fans. All in all, temperatures should end up at the same level as the predecessor RTX 3090, despite a higher power budget. The graphics cards have dual BIOS and are equipped with a 12VHPWR connector. For the Geforce RTX 4080 12 GB, the vapor chamber is missing, and the graphics card measures a slightly smaller 3.15 PCI Express slots and 305 millimeters in length.
The TUF-branded variants of the Geforce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 16 GB are 348 millimeters long and take up 3.65 PCI Express slots. The less expensive model is slightly smaller, with 3.25 seats and a length of 305 millimeters. Unlike its older sibling, only the variant with the RTX 4090 gets a cooling solution with a vapor chamber, while both RTX 4080 models have to make do without it. All get dual BIOS and the RTX 4090 model is powered by a 12VHPWR connector.
MSI cools with both steam and water
Next up is MSI, which presents several products with “Ada Lovelace” under the hood. The company chooses to mount 12VHPWR connectors on all variants regarding the Geforce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 16 GB, but does not specify what applies to the RTX 4080 12 GB. Dual BIOS is available on all models except the entry-level variant Ventus.
The flagship Suprim is first up, with a brushed aluminum exterior, a length of 337 millimeters and a width that takes up 3.75 PCI Express slots. To cool the shit, MSI uses both a vapor chamber and new Torx Fan 5.0 fans. The same applies to the Geforce RTX 4080 12 GB model, but without the aforementioned vapor chamber. For those who prefer to cool with water rather than steam, there is Suprim Liquid. The model is only released for the RTX 4090 and uses a hybrid solution with a radiator of 240 millimeters.
MSI not only shows the top tier, but also the mid-range is represented by the Gaming Trio, which has received a design facelift. The graphics card is 337 millimeters long and takes up either 3.75, 3.25 or 3 PCI Express slots, depending on which Geforce model it is. There is no vapor chamber here, the responsibility for the cooling instead falls on a standard heatsink with three of MSI’s Torx Fan 5.0 fans.
The company’s latest entry belongs to the Ventus series and represents MSI’s entry level. Ventus includes only the Geforce RTX 4080 models and will be without a vapor chamber, new fans and dual BIOS. Instead, they are equipped with three of the older 4.0 fans. With a length of 322 millimeters and a thickness of 3 and 2.5 PCI Express slots, respectively, the models are more compact, or perhaps less enormous, than their older siblings.
Gigabyte sharks what it takes to cool “Ada Lovelace”
Last but not least is Gigabyte, which places great emphasis on its Aorus Master model of Geforce RTX 4090. Gigabyte does not share the exact dimensions of the product, but the pictures gossip about a real colossus for graphics cards. Like the competitors’ lavish models, a cooling solution with a vapor chamber and improved fans can be found here. These have been developed with shark skin as inspiration and should be both more efficient and quieter.
Gigabyte’s Aorus Master graphics card is also equipped with an LCD screen on the side, which can display system information such as temperatures and clock frequencies. Those who would rather have something else they want to look at have all the possibilities, as it can also display text, images and animations. Just like the majority of the other “Ada Lovelace” models, power is supplied using a 12VHPWR connector.
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