Price isn’t the only thing surprising about the new Nvidia graphics cards. After the company announced the GeForce RTX 4080 and 4090 at the GTC, its manufacturing partners (or at least the ones it left behind) showed off their custom designs based on Nvidia GPUs. And “excessive” doesn’t start to cover some of those graphics cards.
GamersNexus breaks down all manufacturing partner designs disclosed so far. Most are huge and power-hungry: base power consumption is 300 to 450 watts without overclocking, and heatsinks, heatpipes, and cooling fans on air-cooled models mean they take up 3 to 4 PCIe slots The space is on your motherboard. Rest in peace, small and powerful ITX gaming PC.
But this is just the beginning of the excess. The whole point of manufacturers customizing Nvidia graphics card designs is customization. It’s worth going through the entire Gamers Nexus video to see every cringe-worthy detail, and if just watching Steve lose it completely try reading some marketing copy directly.
Take the Tongde “GameRock OC” version of the 4090 as an example. The 3.5-wide, 329.4mm-long card features 80 metal headbands engraved with the branding and a fake crystal covering around the cooling fans. Naturally there are RGB lights underneath, giving your graphics card all the charm of a bassist on its second rehab trip of the year.
But this is just an aesthetic choice. The Galax isn’t much better, with its Anonymous hacker-inspired branded livery, but for the “Serious Gaming” version of the RTX 4080, the company decided three fans on the main cooler weren’t enough. It has an optional additional fourth fan on the card’s backplane – you might want to move it anywhere in the PC case above the first PCIe slot. And anything under it: The card has an optional “dark obelisk” support bar that holds up most of the card, and it comes with RGB lighting. Galax claims the Kubrickian stand can support 5kg and 11lbs.