Is it possible to passively cool a GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card? It’s probably possible, but it will look ridiculous.
GeForce RTX 3080 is one of the most powerful graphics cards with Ampere architecture. This means that it generates a lot of heat during operation, which must be dissipated effectively. The easiest way to do this is with liquid or fans, but it turns out that passive cooling will probably do the trick, but that doesn’t mean it makes sense.
Passively cooled GeForce RTX 3080
One Reddit user set himself the goal of passively cooling the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition card. This is not an easy task and in fact it is still not completed, but the project is still alive. One thing is certain, graphics in this form will probably not fit on any computer.
Everynametaken9, because this is the nickname of the hero of today’s story on Reddit, used a lot of elements to passively cool such a powerful GPU. A huge piece of copper measuring approximately 5 × 7.5 × 30.5 cm was used as the base. He attached as many as 10 heat sinks to it, which are normally used to cool processors. Is it working? We don’t know because he hasn’t shown off the results yet.
Help with passive cooling project 3080 FE
Unfortunately, such a solution will probably be neither particularly effective nor practical. The distances between individual elements are so large that it is difficult to transfer heat effectively. Moreover, the whole thing weighs so much that it would probably break the PCB if you tried to attach the card to the motherboard. Despite this, I am waiting for the project to be completed and the final results.