ASUS Noctua RTX 3080 OC review

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ASUS and Noctua first teamed up to create a custom RTX 3070. But now they have released a new card, which we see with this ASUS Noctua RTX 3080 OC review. It aims to improve the most popular graphics card. With the promise of better and quieter cooling, albeit at a much larger size with over four slots. The new card brings the Noctua aesthetic to the graphics card world.

Nvidia Noctua 3080 GPU 10

Asus Noctua RTX 3080OC

core clock speed

1440MHz base, 1815MHz boost

Dimensions

310 x 144.8 x 87.5 mm (12.2 x 5.7 x 3.45 in)

packaging and aesthetics

Comes in a beefy box with a handle, it almost feels like a briefcase for your new graphics card. The massive box was built to accommodate the massive size of the Noctua 3080. Its dimensions are 310 x 144.8 x 87.5 mm (12.2 x 5.7 x 3.45 inches), which gives it a whopping 4.3 slots. So it’s no surprise that it takes such a hefty box to carry.

The Noctua version is based on ASUS’ TUF model, but improves on the original design. Featuring an enlarged copper baseplate to cover a larger area. Including the VRAM as well as the chip itself for better overall performance by keeping temperatures under wraps. Along with a larger heatsink for greater heat density. These are then supported by two Noctua NF-A12x25 fans instead of the three standard 92mm fans. The superior fans are optimized for better airflow and better static pressure characteristics. Which gives the card lower GPU and VRAM temperatures while also running quieter than the original TUF. Promises an improvement of 4.5 dB, 3 °C GPU and 14 °C in VRAM over the previous offering.

The construction itself is sturdy and looks surprisingly good. As with such a large heatsink and fans, you would expect a lot of flex and GPU sag. However, ASUS did well to strengthen the card to prevent this from happening. With a well connected structure, it prevents loose areas. With a strong backplate and IO shield, it connects even the furthest points together to create a solid construction. Preventing flexing over time can ruin the graphics card’s aesthetics in the long run.

Noctua is known for its unique beige and brown color choices. Which also brought it to the 3080 what the fans are. However, the design around the fans is a less polarizing, more toned-down color choice. It uses a darker brown and silver to create an owl-like design on the front. The spinning fans are a mesmerizing pair of eyes. Together, this results in a well-designed and well thought-out graphics card.