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ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua OC Review - The Quietest Graphics Card

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ASUS and Noctua are easily two of the most respectable brands in the PC components industry. The two came up with a wacky and unlikely area of collaboration—ASUS's expertise at making graphics cards and Noctua's mastery with air cooling solutions of all shapes and sizes. The result is the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua OC. This graphics card combines an overclocked ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 PCB with a custom air-based thermal solution that's cooled by two Noctua NF-A12x25 120 mm fans.

Why ASUS and Noctua chose to collaborate on the GeForce RTX 3070 as opposed to the newer RTX 3070 Ti, more powerful RTX 3080 or something from the AMD camp, such as the super-efficient RX 6800, has something to do with supply. The RTX 3070 remains a successful middle-of-the-market SKU by NVIDIA. This is the newer LHR (lite hash-rate) stepping, which comes with half the cryptocurrency mining performance of the original RTX 3070.

The RTX 3070 retains its performance outlook when it comes to gaming—it beats the previous-generation flagship, the RTX 2080 Ti, which means maxed out gaming with RTX-on at 1440p, or even 4K UHD with fairly high settings. It is based on the 8 nm "GA104" silicon and endowed with 5,888 out of 6,144 CUDA cores on the silicon. It also gets 184 third-generation Tensor cores and 46 second-generation RT cores. The memory configuration is unchanged from the previous-gen RTX 2070—8 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 across a 256-bit wide memory interface.

The GeForce RTX 3070 is based on NVIDIA's "Ampere" graphics architecture, which heralds the second generation of the company's path-breaking RTX real-time ray tracing technology. It combines 2nd Gen RT cores that double the ray intersection performance over the previous generation, adding hardware acceleration for more effects, such as ray traced motion blur, and 3rd Gen Tensor cores, which leverage the sparsity phenomenon in AI deep-learning neural networks to increase inference performance by an order of magnitude.

The ASUS RTX 3070 Noctua OC, as we mentioned earlier, features a custom-design cooling solution designed in collaboration with the Austrian company. It features an extremely thick compound aluminium fin-stack heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of large 120 mm Noctua fans that have been extensively tuned by the company to prioritize low noise above all. The card is a whopping four slots thick. This shouldn't be too much of a problem given multi-GPU is dead. Only those with SFF or Mini-ITX builds may not find this card suitable. The card is positioned at an MSRP of $830, but given current market conditions, we expect the card will retail for $950 at least, possibly more than $1000.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Market Segment Analysis
RX 5700 XT$10002560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$7502304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6600$600
MSRP: $330
1792642044 MHz2491 MHz1750 MHzNavi 2311060M8 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
RTX 3060$7003584481320 MHz1777 MHz1875 MHzGA10613250M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2070 Super$8002560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$8003840641400 MHz1800 MHz1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RX 6600 XT$6302048642359 MHz2589 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2311060M8 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
RTX 2080$8002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$9003072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3060 Ti$8004864801410 MHz1665 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6700 XT$850
2560642424 MHz2581 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$11004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$9505888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Noctua OC
MSRP: $830
5888961500 MHz1815 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3070 Ti$10006144961575 MHz1770 MHz1188 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RX 6800$14003840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$145046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$15008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RTX 3080 Ti$1850102401121365 MHz1665 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
RX 6900 XT$155051201282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3090$2700104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit
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