Gigabyte RTX 3090 Ti Gaming OC 24G Graphics Card Review
Brandon Dodman / 2 years ago
A Closer Look
First thing’s first, we need to look at the front of the card. The card features a triple fan design with alternating fans for more efficient heat dissipation; the fans all sit within a glossy looking metal plate that is glued to the plastic shroud of the card. In some places the plate has some printing on it to add to the design of the card, these glossy parts have a near mirror finish that could easily accentuate the RGB in your system.
The fans are a nine-blade design, and they spin in an alternating pattern, with the middle fan spinning in the other direction from the fans on either side of it. The fan hub features a Gigabyte logo on a metal badge that looks simple and mature.
The back of the card has a metal backplate that is attached to the shroud to provide extra structural rigidity to the card, which will hopefully help prevent unwanted GPU sag. The backplate also features a very large air pass-through hole that should help with heat dissipation by letting the air run through the card instead of getting trapped near the hot components.
The cooling solution for the card starts with the heat pipes; there are six of them spread across two heat sinks that are split into one that is for the air pass-through and one that is connected to the vapour chamber cooling.
Speaking of the vapour chamber, we can get a slight glimpse of it here. We can see that many of the smaller components here aren’t touching it, the thermal pads used are actually touching a separate bit of metal that is touching the vapour chamber.
The rear I/O on the card is pretty much what you would expect from a high-end card these days; three display port connectors and a single HDMI, so anyone with a display that can take full advantage of a card this powerful has what they need to connect to it.
The power connector on the card is the new 12-pin standard; the card comes with an adaptor in the box for if your power supply doesn’t support this connector. The location of the power connector is right in the middle of the card, so making your cables look nice might be a challenge.
From the side we can get a look at how gargantuan this card really is; the card is so large that it takes up a whole four PCIe slots, even though it only screws in on two, its size means it blocks an additional two slots. From here we also get our first look at the power connector for this card, it features the new 12-pin standard and this particular card even has cut-outs for the power connector in the heat sink fins.