If you thought the prices for Nvidia’s new RTX 40-series cards were ridiculous, wait until you see all the third-party RTX 4090 designs. Ridiculous doesn’t even begin to describe the RTX 4090 Serious Gaming (yes, that’s the name) from Galax.
Let’s start with the packaging. Exhibit A:
Why is there a hacker on the box of this RTX 4090? Is it a member of anonymous? Will I lose all my secret data if I install this GPU? Is my boss trying to test my cybersecurity skills so I don’t get phished? I really don’t know, but it’s getting better.
The RTX 4090 Serious Gaming features triple 102mm fans that’s increased by 5mm over its previous RTX 3090 models. steam certainly support it. It’s a “3.5 slots” design, which means it’s actually going to take up 4 slots in your system. There’s even an additional 102mm “booster fan” if you want to make this board even bigger.
Given the size of this particular card, Galax has the ultimate tool to prevent GPU sag when a graphics card is simply too heavy for the PCIe bracket and slot. The Dark Obelisk RGB Support Stick (yes, a stick!) will save the day, thanks to its magical RGB powers and ability to hold this giant RTX 4090 in place. It’s not uncommon to find mounts for high-end modern GPUs, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen one called a dark obelisk as if it was discovered in a tomb in Egypt.
You might think I’m being too hard on Galax, but they’re not the only ones with absurd RTX 4090 cards. In fact, nearly all third-party cards are absolutely massive, which might explain why Nvidia barely mentioned its partners during the RTX 40-series launch live stream and instead preferred to show off its sleek Founders Edition cards.
Asus has decided to show off its latest RTX 4090 card in a sort of star wars-inspired photo of this attached to what looks like the world’s smallest motherboard in comparison.
“Gigabyte’s RTX 4090 AORUS Master can fit FOUR Mini-ITX cards inside,” VideoCardz explains. It is large enough to have an anti-sag stand that supports up to 5 kg (11 lbs) of weight. “As the heatsink expands to dissipate more heat generated by an even more powerful GPU, the effect of gravity also increases,” Gigabyte explains. With the special ability to impact gravity, no wonder this GPU has support.
There are plenty more huge RTX 4090 cards ready for the launch of these next-gen GPUs on October 12, priced at $1,599. “They’re all huge,” says Steve at Gamers Nexus, who did a great roundup of all the ridiculousness going on with the RTX 4090 cards. Check it out below.