NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4080 is a monster card but almost always comes with a monster cooler and someone has taken it to themselves to do something about that and has skillfully modified one to fit inside a SFF gaming PC. The mod was done by a Redditor named TechTaxi, who wanted to addressthe growing demand for high-performance hardware that fits within the increasingly popular Mini-ITX cases. The challenge lies in the fact that many of these powerful graphics cards are designed with larger footprints, making them incompatible with more compact PC builds.
To achieve this feat, TechTaxi replaced the original 2.5 slot design of the Gainward RTX 4080 with a more space-efficient dual-slot Gainward RTX 4070. The modification involved using a cooler that originally belonged to an RTX 4070. This change was not just about fitting the card into a smaller space; it was crucial to ensure that the card maintained effective cooling to deliver optimal performance. Impressively, even after the modification, the RTX 4080 managed to maintain acceptable thermal levels. During gaming sessions, the temperature averaged around 70.51 degrees Celsius, which is within the safe operating range for such hardware.
This mod highlights the potential for high-end GPUs, typically associated with larger gaming rigs, to be adapted for more compact setups. It offers a promising alternative for gamers and enthusiasts who prefer smaller, space-saving systems without compromising on the power and performance of their graphics hardware.