AXLE has announced the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 Classic Editions, which are seemingly the first customised Founders Edition cards. Unfortunately for AXLE, there are several signs that neither of these cards actually exist, not least because it claims that the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 have DVI ports.
While the RTX 30 series’ stock levels remain non-existent, NVIDIA’s board partners keep releasing new SKUs. Last week, there was the blink and you miss it RTX 3060 launch, for example, but AXLE appears to have announced two Ampere graphics cards that genuinely do not exist.
Supposedly, the company plans to release ‘Classic Edition’ variants of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. However, these are plainly Founders Edition (FE) versions of the two cards. NVIDIA has not licenced its RTX 30 series reference designs to board partners, and we doubt that it will begin doing so with AXLE. Seemingly, AXLE has only added its logo to NVIDIA’s FE designs, although the lighting differences between the logo and the marketing render suggest that AXLE has added its logo in Photoshop, in our opinion.
Additionally, the two boxes mention that the cards have DVI ports, another red flag. Likewise, the packaging contains unusual branding, like ‘GeForce RTX series’ instead of GeForce RTX and no mention of the model number on one side. Ultimately, we doubt that AXLE will sell any RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 FE cards with its logo slapped on top, and definitely not any with DVI ports.
Alex Alderson, 2021-03- 1 (Update: 2021-03- 1)