Expect a giant leap in performance
So, on the Web again there was information that the older Nvidia Ampere graphics card might not be the RTX 3080 Ti at all, but the RTX 3090 or RTX 3090 Ti. At least it is this name that the source uses when speaking about the energy consumption of the new flagship. It should be clarified right away that another thematic resource claims to have received the same information from its sources unless there is still a big question regarding the name of the video card being discussed.
Will the GeForce RTX 3090 consume 350 watts? And this is just a reference card
But now not about the name. As we know, Ampere 3D cards will be based on seven-meter GPUs. At the same time, you should not expect a decrease in energy consumption relative to Turing, since Nvidia, judging by the data, decided to squeeze the maximum performance gain from switching to new process technology and new architecture. Considering that the Turing generation as a whole regarding Pascal turned out to be controversial, gamers are clearly delighted by the impressive performance increase.
Sources say that the very conventional RTX 3090 will consume 350 watts! This is the value of TGP (Total Power Board), that is, the total power consumption of the entire 3D card. The TDP of the exclusively GPU is 230 watts. For comparison, the claimed power consumption of the RTX 2080 Ti is 250-260 watts. Given that in recent years, Nvidia has sought to make not only productive but also quite energy-efficient graphics cards, the figure of 350 watts seems huge. But at the same time, the productivity gain should be appropriate. It is also worth keeping in mind that 350 W is the power consumption of reference cards, and some models dispersed from the factory will obviously consume all 400 W!
Apparently, this is why the company needed such an unusual cooling system with a complex composite radiator, huge heat pipes, and fans on both sides.