One thing Noctua is famed for, other than its high-end design and engineering team delivering top quality air-cooling products, is the brown/beige color scheme. Some users may detest the off-key and non-conventional color, which rarely goes with other colors inside their PC, and so they have to shun Noctua and look elsewhere. Others swear by the design, and ASUS has gone one step further by teaming up with Noctua to create an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card. The ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition features two NF-A12x25 PWM cooling fans with a semi-passive design and aims to be one of the coolest and quietest air-cooled RTX 3070 on the market.

ASUS x Noctua: The Start of Something Bigger?

In August, Twitter user @KOMACHI_ENSAKA spotted that an ASUS and Noctua collaboration may have been in the works via a listing on the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) website. Putting the rumors to rest, ASUS and Noctua have announced their collaboration today, and they both present the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition, with a slightly higher clocked OC version too.

The most striking thing visually with the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition models is the dual beige Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM cooling fans attached to a custom heatsink design with multiple fins and heat pipes behind the beige. Noctua and ASUS have opted for an extensive cooling design as the RTX 3070 Noctua Edition and OC version take up 4.3 slots worth of space and measure in at 12.2 inches in length.

Both the regular and OC models operate with a semi-passive design which means that whenever the temperature drops below 50°C, the fans will switch off. Both models have a standard I/O, including dual HDMI 2.1 and three DisplayPort 1.4a video outputs. Providing power to the graphics cards is a pair of 8-pin PCIe power inputs and comes with a recommendation that users install a 750 W power supply or greater.


The ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition with a dual-branded backplate

Touching on the specifications of the base model, it features a GPU base frequency of 1500 MHz, with a gaming mode boost clock of 1725 MHz and an OC mode boost clock of 1755 MHz. The OC variant features the same base clock of 1500 MHz but with more aggressive boost clocks of 1815 MHz in gaming mode and 1845 MHz in OC mode. Both models share a memory speed of 14 Gbps effective, with 5888 CUDA cores on a 256-bit memory interface and 8 GB of GDDR6 video memory. 

The ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua and OC version will be available from mid-October, although no pricing has been given at the time of writing.

Source: Noctua

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  • shabby - Monday, October 4, 2021 - link

    The only people who should buy this card are those who have a solid side panel and can't see inside and gaze at the horrible color scheme of their gpu... Reply
  • coburn_c - Monday, October 4, 2021 - link

    The most striking thing is that they kept the frame, which now that I think about it probably increases static pressure against the fin stack. Shots fired at traditional design methinks Reply
  • Hul8 - Monday, October 4, 2021 - link

    Those are just regular Noctua fans that have been mounted on the cooler. The collaboration would be rather pointless if they didn't use genuine and ungimped Noctua fans.

    While this card has chosen to not compromise on the fan (25 mm = 1.23 slots all by itself), it pays for it in the card's massive thickness. Most GPUs can't do that and have to have more integrated and compact cooling solutions.
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  • Hul8 - Monday, October 4, 2021 - link

    You imply that most people care what the inside of their computer looks like. Reply
  • niva - Thursday, October 7, 2021 - link

    Some do...
    I for one care that when I open the case I can get around easily, even if it's just to blow around it with compressed air during a cleanout.

    Most? I doubt most people even open their cases.

    As OP stated it's for those with a solid side panel... well I'm one of them, and at 4.3 slots the size of this card is screaming at me as a negative. Is this normal for new cards to be that big?
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  • jmke - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - link

    cause that's what you do when you're using your PC.

    stare at the case

    not the monitor :)
    Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - link

    I love it. Reply
  • Drkrieger01 - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - link

    Amen to that. Function over form for most of my stuff. Noctua's unbeatable in their fan and heatsink department, at least for quality and performance. Reply
  • haukionkannel - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - link

    The best lookin GPU for ages! Suits very nicely with my computer with Nochtua cpu and case coolers! Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, October 7, 2021 - link

    Ridiculous how people think a PC is a fashion statement.

    Oh, dear... please get out those rhinestones. My RAM is looking a bit down-market.
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