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UNBOXING: First Hand on AORUS RTX 3090 XTREME Graphics Card

UNBOXING:  First Hand on AORUS RTX 3090 XTREME Graphics Card

Finally, after the long wait, the latest RTX 30 series graphics cards are coming to shelves. Here’s the very first-hand UNBOXING of AORUS RTX 3090 XTREME. Well, we’re not going to take it out from the oven, but we believe it’s still something fresh and worth sharing.



Exterior : Fan Design




Let’s start with the exterior. Here at AORUS, there’s a saying, “fans come first.” Yes, all of YOU matter to us, and also the FANS on the graphics cards. As one of the major parts of thermal design, the fans play a huge role in cooling. For this generation, several features are introduced or improved as part of the fan design. Let’s take some close look at the details.



Stack Fan


AORUS 3090 Xtreme Stack Fan AORUS 3090 Xtreme Stack Fan


The first thing we see is the triple fan's design, which combines two 115mm and one 100mm fans altogether on this 319mm-long card. This is how Stack Fan works. With this technique, not only can we shorten the length for better compatibility, but enhance the airflow passing through the overlapped area, by minimizing the “dead zones” where traditional triple fans design couldn’t cover.



Wind Claw


RTX 3090 Wind Claw RTX 3090 Wind Claw


Just underneath the two side fans, there are two sets of stationary fan blades called “Wind Claw.” No, it’s not a Pokémon move. Instead, it’s a passive cooling design that can channel the airflow through the heat sink with higher pressure and thermal efficiency.



Power Connector


RTX 3090 Power Connector


Power consumption is something you should really not neglect in this generation. According to NVIDIA, the RTX 3090 Founder’s Edition is designed for power consumption of up to 350 watts.


On AORUS RTX 3090 XTREME, we feature three 8-pin PCIe connectors instead of two, to balance the power draw and avoid overheating for safety. Moreover, it offers a higher power cap in total, for XTREME-ly high performance during the most demanding scenarios.


On the other hand, high power consumption always results in high temperatures. This is why we keep improving the thermal design as you can see above.



Side LCD Edge View

AORUS-RTX-3090-LCD-View-LightingAORUS LCD Edge View


Move on to the side panel. The biggest change you can see here is where there used to be a “FAN STOP” indicator, which is now replaced by a whole new LCD monitor. It can now display more information, such as power consumption, temperature, or even your custom picture.


As mentioned before, power and temperature are both critical in this generation, and it’s more convenient to have an LCD to monitor these stats without installing any other software.





RTX 3090 Output RTX 3090 Xtreme


The outputs on the graphics card may have been the least concern to most people. Now that the RTX 30 series are the very first PC GPUs to introduce HDMI 2.1, it’s never too late to start valuing your outputs on cards for future compatibility.


As a proud tradition, AORUS RTX 3090 XTREME features 3x HDMI 2.1 port as well as 3x DP 1.4a ports, just like those grand predecessors did. It should provide the best support for any possible monitor setup for this generation.





AORUS RTX 3090 Xtreme Cooling AORUS RTX 3090 Xtreme Cooling Scenario
AORUS RTX 3090 Xtreme AORUS GeForce RTX 3090 XTREME



Interior Thermal Design


RTX 3090 Fin Array Look RTX 3090 Fin Array


A monstrous yet elegant heat sink is the first thing we see under the cover. As it is mentioned in the previous paragraphs, the heating issue is really critical for the latest RTX 30 series. Therefore, several improvements have been introduced to AORUS RTX 3090 XTREME to make sure the best gaming experience.



Heat Sink


RTX 3090 Heat pipes RTX 3090 Vapor Champer


The heat sink consists of 3 major parts: vapor chamber, heat pipes, and fin arrays. The vapor chamber on AORUS RTX 3090 XTREME has been enlarged in comparison to the last generation to transfer heat through the heat pipes more efficiently.


Also, half of the fin arrays are curve-shaped and unequal in height. This is an exclusive design called “Angular Fin” which can channel the air flow better through the fins and increase the contact area.


Look closer. What’s under the heat sink is more delicate. Not only the vapor chamber directly touches the GPU so it can effectively transfer the heat from its very source, but it also covers all the core units, such as VRAMs, MOSFETs, and VRMs, for they are also major heat-generating components yet usually overlooked in thermal design.


Moreover, the heat sink is extended over the PCB and thus creates a channel that the airflow passing through can increase the heat dissipation due to the difference in air pressure. This is called “Screen Cooling” and it’s one of the several technologies we adapt in AORUS RTX 3090 XTREME to present Max-Covered Cooling.



Power Design



Since RTX 3090 does require a great amount of power, we also focus on the power design to unleash its XTREME performance. With three 8-pin power connectors, the graphics card can consume up to 350 watts or even more. That’s why we need a 22-phase power solution to effectively cope with high-power-demanding scenarios like 4K gaming, 3D rendering, or even 8K film editing. Notice that every power unit is covered by the thermal design, so the heat won’t hold down its efficiency or even cause damage to the system. Pretty COOL, huh?






NVIDIA RTX 30 series is now taking PC GPUs to the next level. With higher performance, comes more power consumption, and heat. That’s where AORUS steps in with the latest technologies to build the most compatible graphics cards for the next-gen specs and to ensure the best gaming experience that every gamer deserves.


In this first-hand unboxing article, we've overviewed the entire outlook of AORUS RTX 3090 XTREME. Next, we’re going to install the card and run some performance tests on several benchmark game titles to see how powerful it is.



See you on September 24



The GeForce RTX 30 Series Family!



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DooMz :
Will aorus Xtreme 3090 be release 24 September? Same day as nvidia FE card?
2020-09-19 06:14
johan nilsson :
Cant wait to order it
2020-09-19 23:21
Prabh :
Nice work Jini for gamers
2020-09-20 16:59
Oh HELL YEAH!!!! This is the one I\'m looking forward to the most! \n\nI have one critical question as to if there are still the 12-pin connections under the cooling that are hooked up to the three 8-pins? \n\nI have a picture of an unboxing/teardown and it specifically shows dual (what looks like) 12-pin connections to a special like interface for the 8-pins.
2020-09-21 03:36
Iron Engineer :
Looks like a good one. Thanks Gigabyte.
2020-09-21 09:48
Snowman :
I am really looking forward to this card release. This will go really nice with my new Aorus Z490 Ultra motherboard. Thinking about adding some Aorus M.2s as well. I love the Bios on this Aorus motherboard so much better than my old ASUS x99 board.
2020-09-26 10:56
nahuelpastore :
When will it arrive to Argentina? I really want to test it
2020-09-29 01:22
e-mann :
2020-10-02 06:24
InzanityPh :
Saving up to buy one of these bad boys.
2020-10-03 19:06
$hinRa UPG :
I\'m really love the new design of Side LCD Edge View. LCD Monitor which can display a lot more information gonna be helpful for all users. Especially, people can create their own picture on the display.
2020-10-04 16:40
Posthappysito :
Ojala tener el suficiente dinero para poder comprar semejante tarjeta, es demasiado buena por lo visto
2020-10-13 20:52
Koji_Online :
The development of the new cooler is amazing! Great work, and I\'m just waiting patiently until I finally have the chance to grab one of these.
2020-10-17 19:23
Hp88 :
Great card, run so cool under load
2020-10-18 11:18
pieon :
please let us know when we will be able to purchase this.... please?
2020-10-23 23:36
pieon :
...and what are the differences between the master and xtreme versions?
2020-10-23 23:43
pieon :
found the answer\n
2020-11-03 21:18
Johnstone5150 :
Oh Hellyeah the 3090x is hands down the best GPU I have got a chance to play with it’s going in my new rig for sure
2020-12-25 16:40
mckiller1982 :
Excellent card. Monitor which can display a lot more information gonna be helpful for all users.
2021-01-20 08:22
Antolyn Mathew Guiyab :
my dream GPU
2021-01-25 23:06
Kerguden :
Superb card. 3. day today and i could not find enough time to spend some time with it but very exciting. I am a flightsim fun since 16 years ( at the moment with prepar3d v5 ) and i have seen very good results. Looking forward some more tutorials about OC the card...
2021-02-09 06:48
Jakub Aniulis :
It is at this moment not available in my country :(
2021-03-05 16:47
cabelleros :
It too hard to buy .
2021-03-17 00:01