After what turned out to be a very long wait (more than two years), the next-gen NVIDIA Turing graphics cards are finally being teased. Yesterday, both MSI and Zotac’s AIB models of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti were shared by Videocardz.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

On MSI’s side, both the GeForce RTX 2080 as well as the 2080 Ti were teased. A triple fan variant of the partner cards, dubbed GAMING X TRIO was leaked. Right off the bat, the most striking detail is the absence of an SLI connector. NVIDIA seems to have ditched SLI in favor of NVLink. What this means for multi-GPU support will only become clear after the official announcement. Other than that a Type-C VirtualLink connector is also visible on the board.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has a dual 8 pin connector while the 2080 will probably have a 6+8 pin connector. As far as aesthetics are concerned, the graphics card has a triple fan heatsink, with what seems like an aluminum backplate. RGB lighting is also present with a design similar to Zotac’s last-gen AMP Extreme Edition.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

MSI is also launching a second variant of the upcoming GeForce RTX 20 series. Yes, you heard it right. MSI will launch the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti in the Duke design. Apart from the looks, everything is the same as the other MSI card. A dual 8 pin connector for the Ti and 6+8 for the RTX 2080 and no SLI connector. However, unlike the Gaming X Trio, this one will apparently have just one RGB strip. The rest is similar- three fans and a fancy backplate.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

From Zotac’s end, one of the less colorful cards have been teased. The Zotac RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti AMP graphics cards have been upgraded to a triple fan design. However, everything else is pretty bland. No RGB and a plain black backplate. However, do expect an RGB version with better looking backplates on the Extreme Edition cards in the future. Again, specs are the same as the MSI cards.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

The last partner cards on the menu are from Palit. The Palit RTX 2080 Gaming Pro and RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Pro OC have been leaked. Both these cards are mildly overclocked with a better design and PCB compared to the reference cards.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080

That’s it for now. Expect an official announcement from NVIDIA very soon.

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