As Nvidia increases shipments of its low-hash rate (LHR) graphics processors, graphics card manufacturers update their families with new GPUs, so they can claim to have released new products.This week MSI launched its GeForce RTX 3080 Seahawk X 10G LHR The board combines a hybrid cooling system with a quiet fan, a low hash rate makes it less attractive to miners, and some light factory overclocking.
MSI’s GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X 10G LHR is equipped with Nvidia’s GA102 GPU, with 8704 CUDA cores, which can be upgraded to 1785 MHz (higher than the recommended 1710 MHz) and 10GB of GDDR6X memory, with a data transfer rate of 19 GT/s. The custom-designed printed circuit board has two 8-pin auxiliary PCIe power connectors and a standard configuration of display output: three DisplayPort 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1.
The main selling point of the GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X 10G LHR is of course the closed-loop hybrid cooling system designed in cooperation with Asetek. The all-in-one cooler uses a custom-designed copper cold plate with a miniature heat sink to cover not only the GPU, but also the GDDR6X memory (despite the use of thermal pads), which helps VRAM overclocking. The copper base is equipped with Asetek’s low-profile pump, which circulates warm liquid back to the 240mm radiator, and is equipped with two MSI Torx 4.0 120mm fans, which is expected to combine high performance and quiet operation. At the same time, a fan located in the graphics card itself cools the voltage regulation module (VRM) of the graphics card to amplify the overclocking potential of the product. Finally, the metal back plate was installed.
Compared to standard GeForce RTX 3080/3080 LHR models, MSI’s GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X 10G LHR is available out of the box and can hardly provide a significant performance improvement because the additional boost frequency of 75 MHz is almost insignificant. However, due to the cooling system used by the motherboard, even in a chassis with poor airflow, its overclocking potential may be much higher than that of a standard card.
Speaking of the chassis, it is worth mentioning that the size of the graphics card is 271.4 × 125.8 × 44.3 mm, so compared with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition, it is actually shorter, but taller and thicker. Therefore, it is recommended to use a chassis with sufficient space.
This week MSI launched the GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X 10G LHR in Japan (via Winter Palace Akihabara), but naturally will not disclose its recommended price. At the same time, since the product has been listed on the company’s global website, it is expected that it will soon be available in the United States and Europe.