ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition Graphics Card
Following the resounding success of the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition, ASUS’ GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition is the second graphics card to feature Noctua fans and a heatsink co-designed with Noctua. Swap out of stock, three 92mm fans into two Noctua award-winning NF-A12x25 120mm units and by customizing the heatsink to make the most of the superior aerodynamic performance, thermal fans and acoustics of the original ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 It can be greatly improved for the Noctua version, making it the quietest card in its class.
“The synthesis of our custom-designed standardized heatsink and whisper-quiet Noctua’s renowned technology is an innovation that’s more than the sum of its parts,” said Kent Shen (Vice President and General Manager, ASUS Multimedia Business Unit). “This inspiring partnership with the world’s leading manufacturer of DIY PC cooling brings a noise level boom to the GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition graphics – and a visual style you won’t find anywhere else.”
“The response on the first Noctua Edition graphics card was very overwhelming, so we were thrilled to continue our collaboration with ASUS,” said Roland Mossig (CEO of Noctua). It’s a very different beast than the GeForce RTX 3070, but by leveraging our fan technology and dedicated heatsink, we’ve once again been able to create a card that combines the power of a serious GPU with excellent quietness in operation. “
Like the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition card, the new GeForce RTX 3080 uses Noctua’s award-winning NF-A12x25 fans, and a heatsink specifically designed to make the most of the fans’ constant airflow and pressure properties. Compared to the ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080, the Noctua Edition runs much quieter while, at the same time, achieving lower GPU and memory (VRAM) temperatures.
At typical auto fan speed settings, Noctua Edition 4.5 dB(A) runs much quieter while achieving 3°C lower GPU temperatures and lower VRAM temperatures 14°C. When the fans are running at full speed, as may be required in the worst case, such as full pressure on the card in poorly ventilated situations or in very high ambient temperatures, noise reduction levels are 8.6 dB(A) and the memory still works with a cooler 12°C :
At medium fan speeds, Noctua Edition improves GPU and VRAM temperatures while running 4 dB(A) quieter. The picture at lower fan speeds is similar to slightly lower GPU temperatures, significantly lower memory temperatures and lower noise levels by 2.3 dB(A), making the already quiet original ASUS TUF Gaming card even quieter:
In summary, Noctua Edition delivers lower noise levels across the entire speed range with the most significant improvement of approximately 9 dB(A) at maximum fan speed and 2-5 dB(A) at lower speeds:
Low noise levels go hand in hand with lower GPU temperatures as well as a significant drop in memory temperature of up to 22°C.
The reduction in memory temperatures is made possible by changing the heatsink design from one with a separate heatsink on VRAM to one that uses a larger copper base that covers not only the GPU, but also VRAM. This way, via the copper base and six heatpipes, the heat from the memory chips is transferred to the same large fin clusters as the heat from the GPU. These large heatsinks are cooled by two NF-A12x25 fans, which are more efficient than the separate small ones used in the original design, resulting in a better balance between GPU and VRAM temperatures and avoiding situations where memory cooling could become a bottleneck.
Like the GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition, the GeForce RTX 3080 features a dual BIOS that enables customers to switch between a performance profile that delivers lower GPU temperatures and a quiet profile that allows for slightly higher temperatures in order to achieve the best possible acoustics. To meet the requirements of Noctua customers, the Quiet profile is set as the default.
For enthusiast users who want to take it a step further, the included ASUS GPU Tweak II software as well as the upcoming beta version of GPU Tweak III offer additional capabilities such as custom fan curves or fan downsizing. Reducing the card’s thermal output can make the card run quieter. For example, reducing the GPU voltage by about 100mV can lower GPU temperatures by several degrees and thus widen the thermal margin to slow fans down even further.
The GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition features a semi-passive fan control setup (ASUS 0dB technology) that can completely turn off fans when the GPU temperature drops below 50°C. This means that in typical configurations with low to moderate ambient temperatures and well-ventilated cases, the card can operate completely fanless at low GPU loads such as during office productivity tasks, web browsing, or even light gaming. Even with high GPU loads such as while gaming or measuring, fan speeds will remain extremely low as long as the ambient temperature inside the case is not excessive.
In short, the ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition is the perfect card for quiet cooling enthusiasts who demand serious GPU performance without sacrificing operating quietness.
|ASUS RTX 3080 LHR 10GB NOCTUA OC|
|Specifications provided by VideoCardz.NET Database|
|GPU:||GA102-202||base clock:||1440 megahertz|
|cores:||8704||Boost hour:||1815 megahertz (+6.1%)|
|TMUs:||272||memory clock:||19 Gigabits per second|
|Royal Oman Police:||96||memory:||10 GB GDDR6X 320 b|
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