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Old RTX 3080 GPUs repurposed and modded for Chinese market as 20GB AI cards with blower-style cooling

November 29, 2023


Repurposed batches of “RTX 3080 20G AI” cards featuring blower-style coolers and with 20GB GDDR6X are being spotted in large quantities over in China, stored and sold via AliExpress. These are yet another attempt to work around U.S export controls that now prohibit the sale of the fastest data center and consumer GPUs to China and other countries. These won’t make our list of the best graphics cards, as they’re previous generation hardware and are unlikely to entice most consumers, but they’re another interesting take on the previous generation Ampere architecture.

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