MSI revives Fermi design, launches GeForce RTX 3090 AERO

Published: 18th Dec 2020, 10:33 GMT   Comments

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MSI launches AERO RTX 3090

MSI took an inspiration from 11-year-old GTX 480 graphics card. The new AERO series is MSI’s entry-level series featuring a blower-type cooling design. The AERO RTX 3090 is a dual-slot model that should work better in most NVLinked builds (if there are any), compared to 2.5 to 3-slot designs.

The graphics card released by MSI today features reference clock speeds of up to 1695 MHz boost. However, the card does not feature a reference board design, in fact, it is a full-width PCB with no exposed areas like we saw on NVIDIA RTX A6000, which has a venting hole behind the fan.

What might also be interesting is the backplate, which covers only half of the card’s length (30cm). The backplate is a necessity for RTX 3090 graphics cards as the model features dual-sided memory, which still needs to be cooled down. When it comes to other components that are clearly exposed on the back, it probably didn’t matter just as much, but let’s be honest, it does look quite strange.

MSI RTX 3090 AERO features four display connectors, including 3x DisplayPort 1.4 and 1x HDMI 2.1. The card is powered by a pair of 8-pin power connectors and has a nominal power consumption of 350W.

Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : GA102-300 Base Clock : 1395 MHz
Cores : 10496 Boost Clock : 1695 MHz
TMUs : 328 Memory Clock : 19.5 Gbps
ROPs : 112 Memory : 24 GB GDDR6X 384b

The graphics card features a similar design shroud as NVIDIA reference GeForce GTX 480 based on Fermi architecture, one of the hottest and most controversial graphics cards that the company had ever released.

GeForce RTX™ 3090 AERO 24G

The GeForce RTX™ 3090 is a big ferocious GPU (BFGPU) with TITAN class performance. It’s powered by Ampere—NVIDIA’s 2nd gen RTX architecture—doubling down on ray tracing and AI performance with enhanced RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and new streaming multiprocessors. Plus, it features a staggering 24 GB of G6X memory, all to deliver the ultimate gaming experience.

Core / Memory

  • Boost Clock / Memory Speed
    up to 1695 MHz / 19.5 Gbps
  • 24GB GDDR6X
  • DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4a) / HDMI 2.1 x 1

Metal backplate

  • A rigid metal backplate imparts an armored look while strengthening the length of the graphics card.

Focused Cooling Design

  • Air moving through the cooler passes over a large heatsink and freely exits out through an open IO hole design.

Cool Air Intake

  • The intake is optimally shaped to capture fresh air from inside the case.

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