Gigabyte has its RTX 3080 Gaming Waterforce graphics card in hand. Graphics cards with a built-in water block are becoming increasingly popular among gamers and performance enthusiasts.
Gigabyte RTX 3080 Gaming Waterforce, new water block GPU
This graphics card has not been announced yet and is not listed on Gigabyte’s website. This model is not the first from Gigabyte in this class, the Aorus RTX 3080 Xtreme Waterforce graphics card has already been announced.
If we were to catalog this model in any way, it would be a more modest version of the Aorus RTX 3080 Xtreme Waterforce, which has a larger PCB and a built-in leak detector.
The Gigabyte RTX 3080 Gaming Waterforce uses Nvidia’s reference PCB, which does not extend beyond the expansion slot. Externally, Gigabyte offers an asymmetrical design that leaves the ARGB lighting, which comes from the Waterblock itself, in the center. The block uses standard G1/4″ threads and uses nickel-plated copper to make contact with the GPU. The thickness of the graphics card appears to occupy two slots.
The RTX 3080 GPU uses 8704 CUDA cores and the Founders Edtion model has a clock speed of up to 1710 MHz. This Gigabyte model increases those clock speeds to 1800 MHz. This clock speed is too modest to use a water block, so we expect it to be overclocked to reach much higher numbers than that.
The RTX 3080 Gaming Waterforce isn’t priced or available yet, but it won’t be cheap.