The GeForce RTX 30 series blower cards are making a comeback because Galax has just launched (or rather re-released) two blower-style RTX 3090 and 3080 graphics cards. This gives people the opportunity to use these cards as a cheap replacement for Quadro. But there is a big caveat: these cards will not be sold in the United States.
Back to March, Nvidia cut off the power cords of all RTX-30 series blower cardsWhen it discovered that AIB partners had stuffed these cards into servers and workstations, Nvidia preferred to reserve an area for its Quadro GPU. Not surprisingly, the blower RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 cards are excellent workstation cards for certain use cases, even if they lack other Quadro features (such as professional drivers)—and the accompanying price tag.
Because blowers can exhaust air from the rear of the chassis, they are used extensively in server and workstation environments. This allows the blower-type cooler to provide good cooling in a compact chassis environment, such as mini-ITX construction. More importantly, it allows for better multi-GPU settings. The last point is particularly useful for professional workstations.
It is easy to understand why system integrators want to add blower-style RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 cards to their builds, because the price of performance is too high. This is also the reason why Nvidia cut the power cord, because it does not want Quadro sales to be eaten up by consumer RTX GPUs.
But obviously Nvidia has changed its mind and allowed Galax to make blast coolers…but only in the Chinese market. As far as we know, Galax’s blower-style cards are only listed on its Chinese website, not elsewhere. sorry.
These two blower cards are RTX 3090 Classic and RTX 3080 Classic. Both of these cards are re-releases of the original Classic cards in 2020. They use an all-black plastic shield and a black metal back plate with a copper radiator. This is a simple and concealed design, but it works well in professional consumer applications that require functionality rather than aesthetics.