ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition Announcedby Gavin Bonshor on October 4, 2021 2:00 PM EST
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One thing Noctua is famed for, other than its high-end design and engineering team delivering top quality air-cooling products, is the brown/beige color scheme. Some users may detest the off-key and non-conventional color, which rarely goes with other colors inside their PC, and so they have to shun Noctua and look elsewhere. Others swear by the design, and ASUS has gone one step further by teaming up with Noctua to create an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card. The ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition features two NF-A12x25 PWM cooling fans with a semi-passive design and aims to be one of the coolest and quietest air-cooled RTX 3070 on the market.
ASUS x Noctua: The Start of Something Bigger?
In August, Twitter user @KOMACHI_ENSAKA spotted that an ASUS and Noctua collaboration may have been in the works via a listing on the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) website. Putting the rumors to rest, ASUS and Noctua have announced their collaboration today, and they both present the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition, with a slightly higher clocked OC version too.
The most striking thing visually with the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition models is the dual beige Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM cooling fans attached to a custom heatsink design with multiple fins and heat pipes behind the beige. Noctua and ASUS have opted for an extensive cooling design as the RTX 3070 Noctua Edition and OC version take up 4.3 slots worth of space and measure in at 12.2 inches in length.
Both the regular and OC models operate with a semi-passive design which means that whenever the temperature drops below 50°C, the fans will switch off. Both models have a standard I/O, including dual HDMI 2.1 and three DisplayPort 1.4a video outputs. Providing power to the graphics cards is a pair of 8-pin PCIe power inputs and comes with a recommendation that users install a 750 W power supply or greater.
The ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition with a dual-branded backplate
Touching on the specifications of the base model, it features a GPU base frequency of 1500 MHz, with a gaming mode boost clock of 1725 MHz and an OC mode boost clock of 1755 MHz. The OC variant features the same base clock of 1500 MHz but with more aggressive boost clocks of 1815 MHz in gaming mode and 1845 MHz in OC mode. Both models share a memory speed of 14 Gbps effective, with 5888 CUDA cores on a 256-bit memory interface and 8 GB of GDDR6 video memory.
The ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua and OC version will be available from mid-October, although no pricing has been given at the time of writing.
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Oxford Guy - Thursday, October 7, 2021 - linkIt's not a joke. The joke is the ATX form factor which hasn't been efficient for GPUs ever since they become powerful — a long long time ago.
meacupla - Thursday, October 7, 2021 - linkWell, what else are you going to install in your other PCIe slots?
soundcard and capture card are better over USB-C 3.x anyways.
Assimilator87 - Thursday, October 7, 2021 - linkYou all are funny. For the majority of users, it doesn't matter if it's 4.3 slots. Multi-GPU is basically dead & everything is integrated into the motherboard now. ATX has seven slots, so you still get two free slots for whatever esoteric add in card you may need. May as well utilize that space for an incredibly frosty & quiet cooler, rather than saving those extra slots in case you may one day, in a bazillion years, maybe use those other slots.
meacupla - Thursday, October 7, 2021 - link"For the majority of users, it doesn't matter if it's 4.3 slots"
IDK about that. I think it won't matter to people who build their own PCs and know what they are doing.
Sure, this will fit into most ATX cases.
This won't fit into most mATX cases and all mITX cases.
With mATX, quite a lot of them have their 16x slot on the second slot, so this makes it impossible to install a 4.3 slot card into very large mATX cases that have 5x slots.
But the "majority of users" are using big box OEMs, like Dell, HP and Lenovo, which are compact mATX. Those will never fit this card.
This huge card is a niche of niches.
Tams80 - Thursday, October 7, 2021 - linkDid it ever occur to you that not everything has to fit into an mATX or mITX case?
If you want the most quiet system, you have to go big anyway. And that's who this is aimed at.
And I doubt this product is even a noticeable blip on Asus' or even Noctua's finances.
meacupla - Thursday, October 7, 2021 - linkno shit buddy, I'm just saying, "majority of users" will buy what they can get their hands on, and then realize this won't fit into their case.
AnnonymousCoward - Friday, October 15, 2021 - linkThis looks awesome! I'd need to check my available dimensions, but I'm guessing it'd fit. Now, is it gonna be near 3070 MSRP or 3x that?
m16 - Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - linkI really want this card, and for Noctua to do this for AMD as well. That way you know the fans are good and will last, as well as whisper quiet.
web2dot0 - Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - linkM1Max is making these card look like total hot-mess pieces of junk.
email@example.com - Thursday, October 21, 2021 - linkNot sure why people continue to demonize Noctua for the brown & beige color scheme, considering that they've been offering black fans for about a year, and they are now offering white fans as well. But of course, they did use the old standby brown & beige for whatever reason, but I still like it, even with a general black & red color scheme behind the window. Noctua quality trumps decorating scheme is my personal opinion.