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ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua OC

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The ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua OC is the quietest graphics card we ever tested thanks to a dual 120 mm fan setup made by Noctua. It runs so quietly, you'll have to put your ear right next to it to hear it at all even when fully loaded while gaming.

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That is indeed a silent card! I was wondering which metric they would choose temps or noise to excel in. It was properbly given that noise was choosen. Sexy looking too if you dig the brown noctua style. :)
 

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Mrsp: X Street price: XXX I feel like gamer/enthusiast oriented tech sites should embargo GPU vendors until prices/availability becomes somewhat reasonable again.
 
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Around 1300rpm is when I start to hear my 12x25s so its expected to be quiet. Most GPU cards use 90mm fans, 120mm can run quieter
 

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Mrsp: X Street price: XXX I feel like gamer/enthusiast oriented tech sites should embargo GPU vendors until prices/availability becomes somewhat reasonable again.
Or just state falsely high prices to troll! :D
 
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23 DBa is inaudible. Amazing really.
 
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The best graphics card to build a silent PC. :eek:
 
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Mrsp: X Street price: XXX I feel like gamer/enthusiast oriented tech sites should embargo GPU vendors until prices/availability becomes somewhat reasonable again.
That would do literally nothing.
 
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Awesome review. By the way how did you get hold of the card to review, I was under impression Asus was not sending it out for reviews.
 
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Holy crap lol. This thing is super quiet. But quad slot design is pushing it for mini itx cases
 

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Holy crap lol. This thing is super quiet. But quad slot design is pushing it for mini itx cases
I was thinking the same thing; perfect card for HTPC/gaming PC in the livingroom, but htat cooler is huge.
 
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Y'all are impressed by the Noctua cooler but I am wondering how frickin' awesome it would be to have a 3070 with the dual triple slot 3090 FE cooler.
 
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funny thing is at some point i was wandering whether one of these days these GPU manufacturers would get on-board with noctua fans or in the least produce fans as good/similar as Noctua. Noise levels are amazing... hate the colour but i usually mount horizontally hence no problems there.

$800+ nah
 

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@W1zzard Did you have to buy one to review it?
 
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Wow 4 slot cooler. It would be nice though if noctua and others made aftermarket gpu air coolers again. I remember getting an Arctic cooling accelero S1 and slapping dual 120 thin scythes on it. Could run furmark all day and not break 55C and not even here it and it was 2.5 slots.
 
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No WAY! You got your hands on this one. Ahhh I didn't see this coming. Off to the review then, I have no quarrel with the colour scheme :)
 
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"Removing the cooler shroud wasn't as easy as I expected, reason being that it is glued to the heatsink, so it'll take additional force."

Oh God, why? :cry: The whole point of a card like this is serviceability. With the cooler shroud glued down, it's just a graphics card that takes 4 slots for no reason, and its whole appeal is gone.
 
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I would like to ged these wind blades in size of 5m.
 
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Noctua is quality, hence I like them mostly sticking to their guns with the colour scheme.
You see those colours, you know they have a quality product.
 
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"Removing the cooler shroud wasn't as easy as I expected, reason being that it is glued to the heatsink, so it'll take additional force."

Oh God, why? :cry: The whole point of a card like this is serviceability. With the cooler shroud glued down, it's just a graphics card that takes 4 slots for no reason, and its whole appeal is gone.
It's two pieces of double-sided foam tape between the fan hubs and heatsink, likely to avoid vibration or rattling and keep them separated. One-sided foam tape would have been better, but this is really not a problem.

Btw, if anyone is interested in the differences between this heatsink and the quite similar TUF, der8auer has a good teardown and discussion (including design schematics) on his YT channel. Tl;dw: this is a bit thicker and has the heatpipes moved around a bit to better fit the airflow patterns of the NF-A12x25s.
 

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Awesome review. By the way how did you get hold of the card to review, I was under impression Asus was not sending it out for reviews.
@W1zzard Did you have to buy one to review it?
ASUS sent me the card

Comon,
The "No RGB Lighting" should be considered a PRO here.
As mentioned in the conclusion text

"Removing the cooler shroud wasn't as easy as I expected, reason being that it is glued to the heatsink, so it'll take additional force."

Oh God, why? :cry: The whole point of a card like this is serviceability. With the cooler shroud glued down, it's just a graphics card that takes 4 slots for no reason, and its whole appeal is gone.
It's two pieces of double-sided foam tape between the fan hubs and heatsink, likely to avoid vibration or rattling and keep them separated. One-sided foam tape would have been better, but this is really not a problem.
This. It's not a huge deal, but I still felt there could have been another option
 
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Still can't get on board with Noctua's colour schemes
 
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Around 1300rpm is when I start to hear my 12x25s so its expected to be quiet. Most GPU cards use 90mm fans, 120mm can run quieter
I really wish i was more deaf sometimes.

I got my A12x25 Chromax for the front of D15 this week, and around 900-950 RPM i can clearly hear it. Lucky i don't need to go any higher than 750 RPM until past 75C, which will never happen unless running a torture test.
 
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