ASUS Announces RTX 3070 Noctua Edition Graphics Card

by in Technology | Oct, 6th 2021

Powerful graphics cards are never quiet — for reasons that need no explaining. And, well, having a beastly GPU not sound like a jet engine has always been an art form, one that has involved ample tuning, undervolting, perhaps water cooling, and what have you. Fortunately, ASUS and Noctua have partnered to create the world’s quietest RTX 3070, and if the numbers they’ve shared are true, the only thing left for us to do is to stand in awe and applaud.

“ASUS and Noctua today announced the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition: the world’s first graphics card to use Noctua fans and a tailored heatsink that has been co-engineered by Noctua. Allowing for a reduction in noise levels of up to 15dB(A), this refined cooling setup makes the Noctua Edition the quietest card in its class and the perfect choice for customers who demand serious GPU performance without sacrificing quietness of operation,” said Noctua’s Jakob Dellinger.

The new RTX 3070 Noctua (credit ASUS)

At medium fan speeds, the noise level has been reduced by a whopping 15dB, and if you push it to its limit, it’ll still be 9dB quieter than any other RTX 3070 on the market. So, basically, if you have an enclosure with good enough airflow, this beast of a GPU will not only deliver mind-blowing performance, but it’ll also be astoundingly silent in the process, too!

And, on the off-chance the regular RTX 3070 isn’t powerful enough for your workload (or 4K gaming at sixty million frames per second), you’ll be able to purchase an even more potent OC Edition!

How did ASUS and Noctua achieve such incredible noise levels? Well, in two rather simple ways: by creating a bespoke heatsink, and by using two NF-A12x25 PWM fans from Noctua. Still, these temperatures and noise levels have to come at a cost — both in terms of price and overall size.

You’ll Need a Big Case For This One

The ASUS RTX 3070 Noctua Edition is 3.4” thick and will populate a whopping 4.3 slots. Let that bit of information sink in. So if you’re the kind of gamer who likes small form factor PCs and ITX builds, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Still, one could argue that that’s a small price to pay for absolute acoustic bliss. Both models will become available in just a couple of weeks, although you’ll probably struggle to find one in stock, if current market trends are anything to go by. Additionally, we still don’t know how much these beastly GPUs will cost, but don’t expect them to go for cheap.


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