ChipHell’s user going by the alias Alienxzy posted a screenshot taken from an alleged insider account with information regarding plans for next-gen RTX 3090 as fabricated by NVIDIA’s AIB partner Colorful. According to the original information, posted on ChipHell as a screenshot, Colorful will be releasing two high-end versions of the RTX 3090 graphics card, in the form of the Vulcan (air-cooled) and Neptune (hybrid cooling) models.
According to it, and when the text is parsed through a translator, the tentative pricing for NVIDIA’s next-gen is slated at CNY 13,999 (online selling) for the Vulcan X OC, and CNY 12,999 (again online selling) for the Neptune. These translate to roughly $2,000 for the high-end Vulcan X OC and (strangely, for a hybrid, water-cooled version) $1875 for the Neptune. Another pricing of CNY 12,000 is mentioned for the Vulcan ($1,730), so that might actually be the real pricing (and makes more sense compared to the Neptune).
Some more information is present on the rumor-mill-powering post, such as a 5 V RGB capability that pairs the graphics cards’ lighting with that of the motherboard (and vice-versa), as well as improved in-card display for the Vulcan X; meanwhile, sales of the Neptune graphics card for the previous generation were reportedly low, which is why its pricing is reportedly being revised close to its introduction, which will be in the same ballpark of the Vulcan X OC. If true, this should set the pricing trend for NVIDIA’s expected top offering in the RTX 3000 series, and it’s creeping ever higher – the cost to have a generation’s best performer is becoming more and more (insert descriptor here).
Even considering NVIDIA’s all but guaranteed Founders’ Edition, we’re looking at a steep pricing landscape. Do please note the rumor tag on the title of the news post, as this isn’t confirmed information in any way or form. Images below for the Vulcan X and Neptune are merely representative of current generation’s offerings.