While NVIDIA has confirmed the impending arrival of the RTX 3080 series graphics cards, they have yet to reveal any official pictures. Now, what appears to be a prototype of the RTX 3080 has been leaked.
First spotted on ChipHell, the alleged RTX 3080 prototype features a rather unique cooling setup, with a massive heatsink and one fan facing up while the other is facing down, presumably to push air in different directions.
The V-shaped PCB also allows the fan to be placed closer to the GPU, while the power connectors don't appear to be in the usual spot, so we might see them located on the side instead. There also appears to be a new version of the NVLink connector situation near the I/O bracket.
NVIDIA has not confirmed the release date for the Ampere-based RTX 3080 yet, though it was previously assumed to be Q3 - but with leaks starting to surface, we might actually be closer to launch than initially expected.