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Zotac’s New RTX 4090 Flagship Looks Like a Nike, Portal Collab

Zotac has launched a new flagship graphics card called the GeForce RTX 4090 PGF OC. The company teased the launch event earlier this week, choosing today to coincide with the 16th anniversary of the Zotac brand. In addition to, official announcement Pickthru from Zotac, China’s IT home I managed to write a rough review of the first day (both links open the site in Chinese). But before we go any further, we have to ask if Zotac deliberately designed this card to look like a sneaker.

(Image credit: Zotac Weibo)

First, let’s take a look at the main features of the Zotac RTX 4090 PGF OC. You may have heard of the Zotac PGF series before, as they are the “Prime Gamer Force” products that represent the pinnacle of the company’s offerings. Zotac said in a press release that the new PGF, a “proprietary design language”, was designed in collaboration with the Morale Group. That said, this Zotac RTX 4090 PGF OC of his clearly shares a lot of the same curves found in the company’s Amp Extreme AIRO model, but overall it’s more of a sneaker. I have a feeling that It in no way represents “minimalism” as Zotac marketers claim.

(Image credit: Zotac Weibo)

The Zotac PGF’s design is not without its appeal. A mostly white curved cooling shroud, matching backplate and four of his RGB LED lighting zones could work well with the right build. On the topic of construction, Zotac states that this PGF card features a “new and upgraded high-efficiency Ice-core VC cooling system.” Cooling is essential for stable RTX 4090 performance, so triple 110mm fans (double ball bearing design), large contact plates, “ice vein heat pipes”, high-density nickel-plated fins, and high-convection design. Later, we’ll delve into the ITHome review for evidence of the quality of this cooler.

(Image credit: Zotac Weibo)

You should expect dual BIOS on such a flagship card, and Zotac offers a default BIOS GPU clock setting of 2,580 MHz and 2,625 MHz in extreme speed mode. The default clocks are only marginally better than the reference, and for some perspective check out our review of the Nvidia RTX 4090 Founders Edition graphics card.

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