A well-known leaker with a proven track record has released what users claim is the first image of Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition graphics card. The board (or its cooling system) looks brand new, but the device is packaged in an anti-static bag, so we don’t know too much about it.
Elysian Realm (@Yuko Kitty (opens in new tab)) was relatively accurate with Nvidia’s preliminary information on amperes dating back to March 2020 (1, 2); Now the leaker is back with alleged images of Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition board. The image is from an unofficial source, so it has a good track record, but you have to take it with a grain of salt.
The first thing that catches your eye in the photos is that the board continues to use the design language of the GeForce RTX 30 line of products (one of the best gaming graphics cards out there today, so to speak). But another thing that immediately grabs my attention is the strange font used for the “4080” model number. It may not indicate that it is an image (it may imply that the board is real). video cards (opens in new tab)Another oddity is that the bracket mount is not visible.
This card is unlike anything you’ve seen before. The board is dual width (similar to the RTX 3080) but appears to be the same height and length as the GeForce RTX 3090/3090 Ti. It also features another fan with a sleek blade design. This means it’s a new board and not his GeForce RTX 30 series with a 4080 sticker. The fans, on the other hand, are as big as his GeForce RTX 3090’s (which is logical) and appear to be thicker than those used in the dual-slot GeForce RTX 3080. RTX3080.
From an earlier leak covering Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce RTX 40 series products, we know that the model RTX 4080 should be based on the AD103 graphics processing unit. So boards based on it don’t need substantial cooling system flagship boards like those with Nvidia’s ‘Ferocious’ GA102 GPU (aka BFGPU). On the other hand, the AD103 is predicted to consume more power than Nvidia’s GA103/104 (used in their GeForce RTX 3080 products). So the use of a “tall” dual wide heatsink seems justified.
Either way, this card doesn’t seem to be a Frankenstein made from GeForce RTX 30 Series Founders Edition parts, but something new. However, we cannot definitively say that this is his upcoming GeForce RTX 4080 board.