UPDATE: Limited stock has just landed for Asus RTX 3070 Noctua Edition
If you’ve been thinking about combining the quiet cooling of Noctua fans with an Asus performance graphics card you’re in luck, those fine folks at Asus and Noctua have teamed up and created exactly what you wanted!
This new ASUS Noctua Edition Graphics Card incorporates a pair of beautiful (and massive) Noctua NF-A12x25 fans. With low noise levels being a priority, along with high cooling performance while making room for this pair of 120 mm fans, the card’s total volume was expanded to occupy 4.3 slots of space and requires 2×8-pin power inputs!
Developed in partnership between the veteran thermal R&D team at ASUS and engineers at Noctua, the engineers have worked together to tune the fin density and heat pipe arrangement of the heatsink, optimising it for the airflow characteristics of the NF-A12x25. The NF-A12x25 fan was chosen for this project because of the numerous innovations packed into its 120mm frame. An impeller made from Noctua’s proprietary Sterrox liquid-crystal polymer has an exceptionally low thermal expansion coefficient, allowing the fan blades to sit just 0.5 mm away from the outer frame. This extremely tight tolerance allows the NF-A12x25 to work more efficiently against back pressure by reducing the leakage of airflow between the blade tips and the outer frame. A metal-reinforced motor hub and axis further support this highly precise gap between impeller and frame. Furthermore, a custom PWM IC with Smooth Commutation Drive technology reduces fan noise levels at lower speeds. An acoustic profile specifically tuned for a smooth and pleasant character, even against back pressure, is ideal for a GPU heatsink application. Flow Acceleration Channels at the tip of each impeller blade both improve efficiency and lower vortex noise. Inner Surface Microstructures on the fan frame reduce the noise from passing fan blades. Anti-vibration pads made from soft silicone prevent the transmission of sympathetic vibrations to the graphics card and on through the case. These advanced features have led to hundreds of media awards and a reputation as the best 120 mm fan on the market.
This cooperative development process resulted in some of the best thermal performance per decibel of noise emitted of any graphics card on the market.
Via ASUS: “Using our extensive thermal R&D experience, we’ve created a new GPU heatsink that’s tailor-made for the performance characteristics of the state-of-the-art NF-A12x25 fans,” said Kent Chien, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the ASUS Multimedia Business Unit. “Our teamwork gives noise-conscious gamers and Noctua enthusiasts a unique graphics card that maximizes heat dissipation per decibel of noise emitted, all in a package that coordinates perfectly with other Noctua products in a DIY PC.” – “Users who are concerned first and foremost about the noise levels and noise characteristics of their system will undoubtedly notice the difference. “
Compared to the very popular TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 OC Edition, the Noctua Edition produces a 10 dB-lower sound pressure level when controlling for the same power limit, ambient temperature, and thermal junction temperature.
Via NOCTUA: “By using our NF-A12x25 fans and collaborating to fine-tune the heatsink for use with them, this card achieves a significant boost in performance-to-noise efficiency,” added Noctua CEO Roland Mossig. “The ASUS line-up of GeForce RTX 3070 cards is already outstanding, but we’re confident that the Noctua Edition will be the cherry on the cake for noise-conscious customers.”
Sporting the iconic custom brown shroud for the duo of NF-A12x25 fans to showcase that oh so distinctive colour scheme. There are both ASUS and Noctua logos on the front and sides of the shroud, along with subtle graphics on the full-length alloy backplate.
In addition to the bespoke heatsink and super quiet fans, this new graphics card also enjoys signature features that ASUS graphics cards are known for, with a whopping 144-hour validation process ensuring that this card is ready to perform for the long run.