With the Nvidia Ampere Keynote now over, AIB partners are preparing to reveal their new designs for the upcoming Ampere GeForce RTX 3000 series of graphics cards. Colorful is ready with five graphics card lineups for Ampere. The Vulcan, Neptune, Advanced, Ultra, and NB series cards all feature very large cooler designs to combat Ampere's much higher TDP ratings.
The Vulkan series of graphics cards comes with a blacked-out shroud and a triple-fan cooler design with some RGB LED highlights on the front of the card.
The Vulkan's most noticeable feature is a 480mm x 120mm LCD multi-function display that can be flipped up to 90 degrees to suit either horizontal or vertical graphics card setups. The screen can display custom JPG images, GIFs, hardware monitoring info like GPU temperature, and more.
The Vulcan Ampere graphics card comes with a screwdriver, a GPU brace, and a microfiber cloth for cleaning the LCD display.
Next up is the Neptune Series that comes with a 240mm AIO design that cools the entire graphics card with liquid. This is very slick compared to most AIO designs that only cool the GPU die itself and leave other components like the VRAM and power delivery to be air cooled by a blower-style fan. There's a mirror-surfaced RGB ring in the center, the tubes are fully sleeved, and you can rotate the fittings next to the graphics card a full 360 degrees. The RTX 3080 variant of this card comes in a three-slot form factor. Like the Vulcan, this card also comes with a screwdriver and a GPU brace.
The Advanced Series comes with Colorful's Silver Shark 3.0 cooling engine. The card is a massive triple-slot cooler design with three fans and a black and silver finish with an RGB ring where the center fan is located. These cards also come with a screwdriver and a GPU brace.
The Ultra is one of Colorful's more unique designs, featuring a mirror-like finish that is also fully RGB. It is a triple-slot triple-fan design, but instead of having three equally-sized fans, the two outer fans are 90mm in diameter while the center fan is a smaller 80mm.
The NB Series is the more entry level design. There's no RGB in sight and the card has a black and red finish. Like most of Colorful's coolers, this is a triple-fan cooler design.
Lastly, Colorful introduced its own GPU monitoring and overclocking tool. The app lets you monitor CPU and GPU temperatures, clock speeds, Wifi Speeds, RAM frequency, and fan speeds. This app is also responsible for controlling the RGB colors on Colorful's graphics cards.
Colorful is teasing its new Ampere graphics cards for now and hasn't shared pricing or availability. We'll update as we learn more.
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Why does the water cooled version still take up up 3 card slots? It is just as big as the air cooled versions. I think they really missed an opportunity to make a lot more sells.Reply
The picture shows a dual slot card.AnimeMania said:Why does the water cooled version still take up up 3 card slots? It is just as big as the air cooled versions. I think they really missed an opportunity to make a lot more sells.
spongiemaster said:The picture shows a dual slot card.
That is a lower SKU, I don't know which spec, but it's a less powerful SKU. It's the 3080 model (not pictured) that is triple slot.
EVGA has 2 dual slot 3090 water cooled models. Aftermarket 2080ti blocks were single slot. Why would a triple slot be necessary for water cooling a 3080?TechyInAZ said:That is a lower SKU, I don't know which spec, but it's a less powerful SKU. It's the 3080 model (not pictured) that is triple slot.
spongiemaster said:EVGA has 2 dual slot 3090 water cooled models. Aftermarket 2080ti blocks were single slot. Why would a triple slot be necessary for water cooling a 3080?
I am not sure, that was the info I received from Colorful.
I would love to see a Video card that came with swappable fans. Something that would allow me to upgrade to use bigger fans if I am mounting vertically or had a bigger case. I am also kind of surprised to not see a more custom water cooler focused video cards.Reply