The Asus GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, which has been propelled by Noctua, is unofficial

The Asus GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, which has been propelled by Noctua, is unofficial ...

Last year, Asus teamed up with Noctua to create a custom design for the GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card. The result was exactly what you''d expect from a graphics card with a beefy heatsink, a minimalistic shroud, and two of Noctua''s best fans.

This week, the two companies revealed they''ve extended their partnership to create a GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition graphics card. The move was likely to answer those who have wondered why apply Noctua''s expertise to a mid-range Ampere card but not any of its higher-end siblings?

The RTX 3080 is, therefore, the greatest in terms of performance that the title would go to the more power-hungry and expensive RTX 3090 Ti. However, it does come close, and now it can do so without sounding like a small jet engine. Like the RTX 3070 Noctua Edition, it features a pair of NF-A12x25 120mm fans and a larger heatsink than the Asus TUF model.

Given the 340-watt power envelope, Noctua believes the RTX 3080 was a bigger challenge than the RTX 3070 (versus 290 watts in the case of the latter). However, the biggest difference will be in the VRAM department where high-end Ampere cards tend to run quite hot. Noctua believes that up to 14 degrees lower VRAM temperatures, but that will depend on what fan settings you use.

The only way noctua''s fans shine the brightest is because of the lower noise signature that was used on most graphics cards, including the relatively quiet Asus TUF models. The RTX 3080 Noctua Edition supposedly runs 4.5 dB(A) quieter on average, and almost 9 dB(A) quieter when fans run at maximum speed.

Otherwise, the specs of the Noctua''d card are identical to the TUF model a GA102 GPU (8,704 CUDA cores) with a base clock of 1,440 MHz, boost clocks of 1,785 MHz (gaming mode) and 1,815 MHz (OC mode), coupled with ten gigabytes of GDDR6X running at 19 bps.

The first is that Asus has chosen to use the 10 gigabyte version of the RTX 3080 instead of the newer version, which has 12 gigabytes of RAM. The company has yet to disclose the price of the RTX 3080 Noctua Edition, and it will only be available in limited quantities starting next month.

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