Asus and Noctua are extending their partnership to Asustek’s GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Version graphics card. This new providing combines the benefits of Asus’ engineering, Nvidia’s GA102 GPU coupled with 10GB of reminiscence, and Noctua’s experience in cooling.
When Asus and Noctua teamed up for a graphics card final yr, it provoked quite a lot of enthusiasm in the neighborhood, given Asustek’s experience in high-end graphics boards and Noctua’s data of quiet followers. But the primary collaborative product by the 2 corporations was a slightly conservative GeForce RTX 3070 card. Whereas nonetheless being among the many greatest graphics playing cards yow will discover as of late, that board had its boundaries, reminiscent of 8GB of GDDR6 reminiscence onboard. The brand new product addresses these limitations with a extra highly effective GPU and 10GB of GDDR6X reminiscence.
Whereas the utilization of a GA102 graphics processor with a distinct configuration (8704 CUDA cores vs. 5888 CUDA codes, 20.3 FP32 TFLOPS vs 29.8 FP32 TFLOPS) is a tangible improve by itself, power-hungry GDDR6X reminiscence provides to whole consumed and dissipated energy (290W for RTX 3070 vs 340W for RTX 3080). That is why Noctua tailor-made its cooler for a brand new problem.
The brand new GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Version mannequin continues to make use of a quad-slot cooling system geared up with NF-A12x25 120-mm followers. The Noctua Version runs 4.5 dB(A) quieter at typical auto-speed fan settings whereas attaining 3°C decrease GPU temperatures and 14°C decrease VRAM temperatures than Asus’s TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080, in line with the mutual press launch issued by the businesses.
Primarily based on data from the PR, the followers of the GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Version at their most velocity (one thing that occurs in poorly ventilated circumstances) lowered noise ranges by 8.6 dBA and the reminiscence was nonetheless 12°C cooler than in case of the TUF card, in line with official data. Given how meticulously Noctua develops its heatsinks and followers, the comparability ought to be much more spectacular when the followers aren’t working at decrease speeds. As well as, Noctua mentions a 2-5 dBA decrease noise ranges when in comparison with their TUF reference card, although we wish to take a look at these items ourselves.
“We have been thrilled to proceed our cooperation with Asus,” says Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. “The GeForce RTX 3080 with its warmth emission of as much as 340W is a completely completely different beast to tame than the GeForce RTX 3070, however leveraging our fan expertise and a customized heatsink, we’ve got as soon as once more managed to create a card that mixes severe GPU energy with glorious quietness of operation.”
One of many issues that Asus and Noctua do not point out is the beneficial worth of the GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Version graphics card. One of many drawbacks of the GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Version was its worth, however that was amid shortages of graphics boards on the whole, so it was not shocking. Now that costs of video playing cards are attending to their MSRP ranges, maybe even a Noctua Version product will probably be priced at ranges accessible to common patrons.