ASUS officially reveals its RTX 3080 Noctua OC Edition Graphics Card
This new GPU is significantly cooler and quieter than ASUS' RTX 3080 TUF model
Published: 16th May 2022 | Source: ASUS |
ASUS and Noctua have teamed up to create the "quietest air-cooled graphics card in its class"
ASUS and Noctua have just revealed their RTX 3080 10GB Noctua OC Edition graphics card, promising users lower load temperatures, quieter operation, and a redesigned VRAM cooling setup.
With this new RTX 3080 graphics card ASUS and Noctua claim that they have created the "quietest air-cooled graphics card in its class", and VRM temperatures that are up to 22-degrees cooler than ASUS' existing RTX 3080 TUF graphics card model. This GPU's low noise levels do not come at the cost of higher GPU thermals.
The RTX 3080 Noctua Edition is a 4.1-slot behemoth, and like its RTX 3070 based predecessor, this new graphics card features two of Noctua's NF-A12x25 120mm fans.
With two NF-A12x25 fans and a tailor-made heatsink, the RTX 3080 Noctua Edition promises users high levels of airflow, minimal fan noise, and low GPU thermals. With a semi-passive fan profile and a large heatsink design, this RTX 3080 is designed to run passively under low loads and with near-inaudible noise levels under lighter workloads.
Following the resounding success of the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition, ASUS and Noctua have presented another graphics card that runs exceptionally quiet thanks to a jointly-developed cooling solution: Like the GeForce RTX 3070 model, the new ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition employs two Noctua NF-A12x25 fans and a tailored heatsink, which enables it to run quieter than any other card in its class.
At typical auto-speed fan settings, the Noctua Edition runs 4.5 dB(A) quieter than the ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 while achieving 3°C lower GPU temperatures and 14°C lower VRAM temperatures. In sum, the Noctua Edition provides lower noise levels across the entire speed range with the most prominent improvement of almost 9dB(A) at maximum fan speed and 2-5dB(A) at lower speeds. The reduced noise levels go hand in hand with lower GPU temperatures as well as substantial reductions in memory temperature of up to 22°C.
With Noctua's larger NF-A12x25 PWM fans, a thicker 4.1-slot overall design, and a enlarged copper base plate (which now covers the RTX 3080's GPU core and memory), the ASUS RTX 3080 10GB Noctua OC Edition can deliver quieter noise levels under load and superior thermals when compared to ASUS' standard RTX 3080 TUF series models.
The RTX 3080 Noctua Edition's only major downside is its large size, with the graphics card being 4.1 PCIe slots thick and being wide enough to utilise two 120mm PC case fans for airflow. Like all new RTX 3080 graphics card, ASUS' Noctua Edition features Nvidia's LHR anti-mining technology.
At all fan speeds, ASUS' RTX 3080 Noctua Edition surpassed their standard TUF series model. Even at max fan speeds, the graphics card generates 33.8 dB of noise. That's very quiet when compared to most modern graphics cards, especially for a high-end models like an RTX 3080.
VRAM thermals plummet
Noctua's newly designed heatsink has a huge impact on VRAM thermals, seeing thermals drop 22 degrees at low fan speeds while also delivering users a 4.5-degree drop in GPU core thermals. Noctua's heatsink is quieter, an more thermally efficient than ASUS' RTX 3080 TUF series models.
ASUS' RTX 3080 10GB Noctua Edition graphics card features two HDMI 2.1 outputs, and three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs. In this sense, this new graphics card is similar to ASUS' existing RTX 3080 TUF series GPUs, signalling that this new graphics card might feature the same PCB design.