Sunday, December 20th 2020

ASUS Gives GeForce RTX 3070 the Turbo Lateral Blower Treatment

ASUS today rolled out the GeForce RTX 3070 Turbo graphics card. Given that the company built lateral-airflow coolers for even the 350 W RTX 3090, such a card based on the RTX 3070 should come as little surprise. ASUS designs these cards for cases with airflow restrictions. The card is strictly 2 slots thick and full-height. It uses a lateral blower-type cooling solution that uses a vapor-chamber plate and a copper channel-type heatsink; and a lateral fan that uses double-ball bearing. The card draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors located along the tail end, rather than on the top. The card sticks to NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of up to 1725 MHz GPU Boost, and 14 Gbps (GDDR6-effective) memory; although a software-activated "OC Mode" can run it up to 1755 MHz. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4a, and one HDMI 2.1 connectors. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability information.
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36 Comments on ASUS Gives GeForce RTX 3070 the Turbo Lateral Blower Treatment

#1
Caring1
Literally a lateral centrifugal blower fan
"lateral" being the unnecessary adjective in this article.
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#2
Totally
Caring1Literally a lateral centrifugal blower fan
"lateral" being the unnecessary adjective in this article.
I disagree "lateral" is declaring the direction of airflow, so it's use isn't unwarranted.
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#3
Hyderz
this gpu will most likely make its way to pre built systems.
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#4
fancucker
Another option to prospective buyers wondering about the 6800. Can slot into most SFFPCs (<10L even), provides equivalent or higher RT performance to the 6900XT and of course, a fantastic super-sampling solution. Not many options in the AMD side I must admit
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#5
ZoneDymo
fancuckerAnother option to prospective buyers wondering about the 6800. Can slot into most SFFPCs (<10L even), provides equivalent or higher RT performance to the 6900XT and of course, a fantastic super-sampling solution. Not many options in the AMD side I must admit
imagine buying/supporting Nvidia in 2020/2021, hardware unboxed anyone?
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#6
fancucker
ZoneDymoimagine buying/supporting Nvidia in 2020/2021, hardware unboxed anyone?
HUB's coverage of ray-tracing features was downright anemic though. Using one game in some reviews? SOTTB? Downplaying RT as a feature that's not convincing when new releases are employing nearly everyday? Especially when a GPU purchase might last 2+ years?.

Even ethics of a single employee aside, the 6800 series are objectively inferior to the 3070/3060ti because of an uncomparative feature set. The 3080 alone makes the 6900XT unviable. Its hard to hear but its the truth
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#7
DeathtoGnomes
fancuckerHUB's coverage of ray-tracing features was downright anemic though. Using one game in some reviews? SOTTB? Downplaying RT as a feature that's not convincing when new releases are employing nearly everyday? Especially when a GPU purchase might last 2+ years?.

Even ethics of a single employee aside, the 6800 series are objectively inferior to the 3070/3060ti because of an uncomparative feature set. The 3080 alone makes the 6900XT unviable. Its hard to hear but its the truth
You'll need to show validation for this statement. IDK about anyone else, but uncomparative feature set made by 2 different companies sounds like they just are not being cooperative with each other.
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#8
kayjay010101
fancuckerHUB's coverage of ray-tracing features was downright anemic though. Using one game in some reviews? SOTTB? Downplaying RT as a feature that's not convincing when new releases are employing nearly everyday? Especially when a GPU purchase might last 2+ years?.

Even ethics of a single employee aside, the 6800 series are objectively inferior to the 3070/3060ti because of an uncomparative feature set. The 3080 alone makes the 6900XT unviable. Its hard to hear but its the truth
Lack of coverage of what is admittedly still not a feature people care about (RTX) is not grounds to blackmail reviewers...
And even if it was (which it absolutely isn't!), then they have done plenty of coverage on RTX in their own videos. They've dedicated multiple pieces of content to tensor/RTX workloads. Nvidia even used their quote for DLSS to promote it, on their own site. And while real-time RT is absolutely the future, the cards of today are still basically in the alpha phase of supporting it. If you want RTX, wait a couple generations and then buy. No card today is going to be good at RTX 2+ years down the line anyway.

That being said, I still buy NVIDIA because DLSS is a killer feature that is a must-have IMO. AMD doesn't have an answer to it (atm) and therefore I cannot consider them. I don't want to support NVIDIA, but it's the choice I'm stuck with if I want a high-end gaming rig.
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#9
Chomiq
Heh, just few weeks ago someone was saying that no one makes blower cards anymore. Thanks for proving my point asus.
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#10
Caring1
TotallyI disagree "lateral" is declaring the direction of airflow, so it's use isn't unwarranted.
Lol, show me a blower fan on a GPU that isn't lateral, until then it's superfluous.
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#11
ixi
Another card which will be unobtainable... thanks alot!
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#12
ExcuseMeWtf
> ASUS designs these cards for cases with airflow restrictions

Shower thought:

If you actually want to slap RTX 3070 into airflow restricted case, just buy a better case first.
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#13
Flanker
Caring1Lol, show me a blower fan on a GPU that isn't lateral, until then it's superfluous.
I tried so hard to find one for s&g but it's been a failure so far.
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#14
kayjay010101
ExcuseMeWtf> ASUS designs these cards for cases with airflow restrictions

Shower thought:

If you actually want to slap RTX 3070 into airflow restricted case, just buy a better case first.
Say that to Dell & the other SIs. A penny saved here and there adds up.
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#15
Chrispy_
I've used (had to use) blower fans for many generations of Geforce and can say without a doubt that Asus' Turbo edition is the noisiest every time I encounter one.

The problem is that they keep choosing fans capable of 5000RPM that has a deep, throaty growl. Up until about 3500RPM (which is already an obnoxious 50dBA or so) you can hear the motor noise over the noise of air moving. At the 1500RPM-2500RPM that it will spend 95% of the time running, I don't want to hear the fan motor, the card should be damn near silent at that point.

I thought quiet PWM fans were a solved problem now but Asus seem to have found some industrial 'noise levels don't matter' models to keep building their turbo cards.
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#16
Chaitanya
ChomiqHeh, just few weeks ago someone was saying that no one makes blower cards anymore. Thanks for proving my point asus.
These work great in 1U rack mount chassis so there is a market quite a decent one(probably much larger than liquid cooled) for blower cards
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#17
Chrispy_
ChomiqHeh, just few weeks ago someone was saying that no one makes blower cards anymore. Thanks for proving my point asus.
Probably me. Reference blowers from Nvidia and AMD have, in the last few years, been very decent options for SFF builds because they were quiet at low loads and could usually remain silent if you dropped power limits by a fraction.

Not so true with these bargain-basement, all-plastic, too-cheap-even-for-a-backplate garbage blowers from OEMs like Asus and Zotac.
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#18
xtreemchaos
the only good blower card is one with a waterblock on it :) id buy one if its a fair bit cheaper than thee rest.
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#20
ExcuseMeWtf
kayjay010101Say that to Dell & the other SIs. A penny saved here and there adds up.
You seriously think they buy cards off the shelves for their integrated systems? :roll:

Also intentionally delivering subpar end product to enthusiasts, straight from inception... good luck with that.
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#21
kayjay010101
ExcuseMeWtfYou seriously think they buy cards off the shelves for their integrated systems? :roll:

Also intentionally delivering subpar end product to enthusiasts, straight from inception... good luck with that.
You really think ASUS is only selling this to retail?
And yeah, people who don't know any better do pay absurd amounts of money for a "high-end gaming PC" from the likes of Dell and then get practically abused. I'm not talking about enthusiasts, but rather the majority of people who buy prebuilts, namely amateurs who don't know any better.
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#22
lZKoce
Squirrel-cage cards are not dead....yay:) Now, where's my remastered FT02....ohh riiiight SS has released their first AIOs Icegem. Focused in different area.
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#23
Totally
Caring1Lol, show me a blower fan on a GPU that isn't lateral, until then it's superfluous.
That's easy since there were gpu bilateral blower fans that vented out the front and back. yep found one and it's even a consumer card. hd7990 reference.
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#24
Fergutor
As far as I know, blowers are the only solution for graphic cards that takes air from the inside of the case and expels the "used" hot air outside of the case, as it should be.
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#25
Chrispy_
TotallyThat's easy since there were gpu bilateral blower fans that vented out the front and back. yep found one and it's even a consumer card. hd7990 reference.

I see three axial fans. Completely bone-stock axial fans.
If you're talking about this image below, it's not a real card, it was a fan-made photoshop added to a pre-reveal leak article:

and it was just as fake as this one:


The closest I can think of is the old GTX 690 card and it's another axial fan, not a lateral/radial fan. Nvidia never made that mistake again, because it was a cooling disaster, lol.
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