ASUS and Noctua announce two of the quietest air-cooled graphics card in their class
ASUS and Noctua have unveiled their collaborative custom versions of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070. As expected, the Noctua Editions feature two Noctua NF-A12x25 fans. While the 120 mm fans should cool the cards well, they do make them 87.5 mm thick and 4.3 slots wide. Both cards are 310 mm wide and 147 mm tall, for reference.
Only clock speeds separate the RTX 3070 Noctua Edition and RTX 3070 Noctua OC Edition from each other. According to ASUS, the former arrives with a 1,755 MHz boost clock, 30 MHz above the RTX 3070 Founders Edition. By contrast, ASUS has clocked the Noctua OC Edition at 1,845 MHz, 120 MHz and 7% higher than NVIDIA's reference boost speed.
ASUS and Noctua claim that their custom RTX 3070 cards should run quietly, too. Reputedly, the Noctua Editions are the quietest air-cooled graphics cards in their class, a claim that Noctua has clarified in the slides below. By default, the cards are set to run at low fans speeds, which should deliver 12.6 dB(A) fan noise at 60 °C, with the fans spinning at just 900 RPM. The cards will also switch off their fans if the GPU is operating at less than 50 °C.