The quietest in class ASUS introduced a GeForce RTX 3080
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The quietest in class: ASUS introduced a GeForce RTX 3080 with four slots and 120 mm Noctua fans

A week after the leaked images of the graphics accelerator ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua OC Edition 10 GB, this new product was officially presented. Like the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua OC Edition, the older model comes with a very thick cooling system with two 120mm NF-A12x25 fans with stop function. They don’t spin unless the graphics subsystem is seriously stressed.

    Image source: Asus

Image source: Asus

The ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua OC Edition 10GB is based on the NVIDIA GA102-202 GPU with 8704 CUDA cores, as well as 272 texture units and 96 ROP units. The gaming frequency of the processor is 1785 MHz. However, the chip has been slightly overclocked, so its frequency in boost mode is 1815 MHz. The card features 10GB of GDDR6X memory with 320-bit bus support. The presence of a dual BIOS system with silent and productive modes of operation is explained.

The set of external connectors of the novelty consists of two HDMI 2.1 and three DisplayPort 1.4a. The card also received two 8-pin connectors for additional power. The manufacturer recommends using a power supply with a capacity of 850 W or more with this accelerator.


The novelty is based on the ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming 10GB circuit board. According to ASUS, the GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua OC Edition 10GB is the quietest graphics card in its class. At low fan speeds, the noise level does not exceed 16.8 dBA. For comparison, the normal version has a noise figure of 19.1 dBA in the same mode.

    Image source: Noctua

Image source: Noctua

With automatic fan speed control, typical noise does not exceed 21.6 dBA (26 dBA for a conventional graphics card). At an average speed of turntables, the noise figure is no more than 29 dBA (for a normal one – 33.4 dBA). At the maximum speed of the “propellers” the noise reaches 33.8 dBA (for the regular version – 42.4 dBA).

    Image source: Noctua

Image source: Noctua

    Image source: Noctua

Image source: Noctua

    Image source: Noctua

Image source: Noctua

The ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua OC Edition 10GB cooling system is not only quiet, but also very efficient. With the fans in Auto mode, the card’s GPU temperature is on average 3 degrees lower than a normal card, and the video memory chip temperature is even 14 degrees lower. At maximum fan speed, the temperature of the GPU levels off at the level of the competitor, but the video memory is still better cooled – its temperature is 12 degrees lower on average. At the same time, the company notes that the accelerator cooling system is generally up to 22 degrees more efficient in lowering the operating temperature of the memory than competing solutions.

    Image source: Noctua

Image source: Noctua

    Image source: Noctua

Image source: Noctua

The dimensions of the ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua OC Edition 10GB are 306.2 × 144.8 × 82.6 mm. In a computer case, it occupies four expansion slots (officially, the manufacturer specifies 4.1 occupied slots).

The company has not disclosed the cost and availability of the GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua OC Edition 10GB.

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