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Nvidia RTX 30 series Founders Edition GPUs pictured close-up & pricing of some custom models

Nvidia recently announced its Ampere lineup of Flagship GPUs, the RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070. The RTX 3080 Founders Edition/FE model will launch on 17th of September for $699 USD. The RTX 3090 FE card on the other hand will launch on the 24th of September for $1499 USD, and lastly the GeForce RTX 3070 is planned for launch in October for a price of $499 USD.

However custom AIB models will have a slightly different price tag, depending on the GPU model, PCB quality, and design (PCB cooling). Now, one PC enthusiast from China, @davideneco25320, has posted a close-up picture of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Founders Edition graphics cards. All three flagship GPUs, the RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 have been photographed in one single shot.

All cards use the 12-pin Molex MicroFit 3.0 power connector. From the picture posted we can clearly see that the RTX 3090 is a massive and bulky GPU, having a 3-slot design. We also have the first photograph showing the RTX 3070 model in flesh, and unlike the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, the RTX 3070 FE uses a more conventional approach to air-flow.

The RTX 3070 is the smallest of these three GPUs. The following are the dimensions of these FE cards:

  • RTX 3090: 13.8 cm (W) x 31.3 cm (L), 3-slot
  • RTX 3080; 11.cm (W) x 28.5 cm (L), 2-slot
  • RTX 3070: 11.2 cm (W) x 24.2 cm (L), 2-slot

On some other news, we have a price listing of some of the custom AIB RTX 3090 and 3080 GPUs as posted on the German e-tailer website Caseking.de, and spotted by @momomo_us.


As you can see from the listing, the RTX 3090’s starting price of $1499 USD appears to be less, since some of the higher end custom RTX 3090 cards can be as high as 1,788€, including taxes, which converts to roughly $2,102 USD. The cheapest custom RTX 3090 has a price tag of 1,577€ including taxes, which converts to roughly $1,855 USD.  It appears that the RTX 3090 is on average 50% pricier than the previous gen RTX 2080 Ti custom Turing GPU.

Prices of the custom-design RTX 3080, on the other hand, are not too aggressive, but still on a higher side. The cheapest custom-design RTX 3080 can be had for around 740€ including taxes, which converts to roughly $870 USD, and the pricier one goes for 804€ including taxes, which amounts to $950 USD.

So yeah, some of the custom AIB SKUs are surely going to be expensive than Founders Edition cards.

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