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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  • BushLin - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - link

    Just happy to see standard, (presumably) easy to replace fans on a GPU; that they're Noctua is a bonus.
    Some people like to keep old setups to keep playing games which don't run on newer operating systems, inevitability GPU fans end up sounding like a moving bag of bolts and often the only option is to zip tie a fan to cure this and it's not pretty or optimal.
  • haukionkannel - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - link

    This! We know that Nochtua fans are good quality and you can buy replasement for years to come!
    Really hoping that this will not be the last Nochtua gpu. Gext gen gpu with Nochtua fans would be my next upgrade!
  • waterdog - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - link

    Starting with the 3070 was a curious choice. I wonder if the current lack of availability of the 3080s drove the decision or if the 3080 is too hot to use with a semi-passive cooling scheme. Everything I've read about the 3080 suggests that this should work for it. I already have a Noctua CPU cooler so this would match the decor.
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, October 7, 2021 - link

    It probably will be used later with a higher-power chip. The idea with this one is probably to keep the cost lower and also get bragging rights by releasing the quietest, by far, current GPU.

    We'll see how it does, though. The ATX form factor is so non-optimal that even two thick fans may not be enough to wow.
  • vanish1 - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - link

    I have always loved Noctua's color scheme and I think this card looks great.

    They are such a smart company; essentially they've created iconic branding by using a unique color profile combined with providing quality products to instill a sense of consumer trust.

    An all Noctua build with this card, one of their CPU coolers, and some case fans would look very clean.
  • haukionkannel - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - link

    Yes. This would suit to my computer perfectly!
  • modulusshift - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - link

    Can't believe this wasn't a Strix x Noctua collaboration, considering both are Latin words for types of owl. Missed opportunity.
  • Hxx - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - link

    lol 4+ slot design what a joke, but it will sell because its a gpu
  • FreckledTrout - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - link

    I have 5 free slots so see no reason why not. If it cools as well but is much quieter like they claim a few of us would gladly take the trade off.
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, October 7, 2021 - link

    Hearing damage is quite common in young people and in people who do things like commute to work via the NYC subway.

    A GPU that doesn't aggravate tinnitus is definitely a good thing to have in the market.

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