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Asus may be developing Nvidia RTX 3070 cards with Noctua coolers

Fan-made render (Image Source: u/Shockwave98 on Reddit)
Fan-made render (Image Source: u/Shockwave98 on Reddit)
The latest EEC filings from Asus show a lonely RTX 3070 card with the Noctua suffix. Hopefully this experiment proves a success so we can see the Noctua solutions installed on high-end, as well as lower-end solutions in the future.

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Noctua is among the best CPU air cooler makers right now, and it is easily recognizable for its beige/brown color scheme, although last year the company finally gave in and released the highly-requested all-black and grey color variations. Besides providing some of the lowest temperatures that almost rival those from AIOs, Noctua’s coolers also come with some of the quietest fans on the market, and it looks like these may be featured on some upcoming Asus graphics cards soon, if the latest EEC filings are any indication.

The latest Asus EEC filings spotted by Twitter user KOMACHI_ENSAKA reveal an RTX3070-8G-NOCTUA model that could be released in the coming months. According to HWcooling, rumors about an Asus / Noctua collaboration started making the rounds in early July, and the site reached out to both companies to get confirmation. Of course, the companies refused to comment, but one contact suggested that a confirmation could come soon.

It is not immediately clear why Asus chose to add the Noctua fans on GPU SKUs that do not get that hot to begin with. The SKUs that would benefit the most should be the high-end RTX 3080 / Ti and 3090. Now, despite the declining GPU prices, the RTX 3070 models are still quite overpriced and we suspect the Noctua versions could turn up in very limited supplies. Maybe Asus is just testing market reception. Will we see the notorious beige/brown color scheme on the graphics card shroud and fans? The all-black scheme is obviously easier on the eyes, although some of the fan-made renders do not look bad at all.

 

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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2021-08- 5 (Update: 2021-08- 5)