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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 how it performs 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 more than four slots. The new card brings the Noctua aesthetic to the world of graphics cards.

Nvidia Noctua 3080 10 graphics card

ASUS Noctua RTX 3080 OC

Base clock speed

1440 MHz base, 1815 MHz boost


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

Packaging and aesthetics

Delivered in a sturdy box with a handle, it almost looks like a briefcase for your new graphics card. The massive case has been designed to hold 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 puts it at 4 ,3 pitches. So it’s no surprise that he needs such a heavy box to carry him around.

The Noctua version is based on the ASUS TUF model but improves on the original design. With an enlarged copper base plate to cover a wider area. Including VRAM as well as the die itself for better overall performance by keeping temperatures a secret. With a larger heat sink for greater thermal density. Which are then aided by two Noctua NF-A12x25 fans instead of the original three 92mm fans. Top fans are more optimized for better airflow and static pressure characteristics. Which gives the card lower GPU and VRAM temperatures while running quieter than the original TUF. Promising a 4.5dB, 3°C GPU and 14°C VRAM improvement over the previous offering.

The construction itself is sturdy and surprisingly beautiful. As with such a large heatsink and fans, you expect a lot of GPU flex and sag. However, ASUS did a good job of beefing up the card to prevent this from happening. With a well-connected structure, it prevents any loose area. With a solid back plate and IO shield, it also connects the furthest points to create a solid build. Preventing flex over time can ruin the aesthetics of the graphics card in the long run.

Noctua is known for its unique color choices of beige and brown. What he also brought to the 3080 that are the fans. However, the design around the fans is a less polarizing and more muted color choice. It uses darker brown and silver to create an owl-like pattern on the front side. With the fans spinning like a mesmerizing pair of eyes. Together, this creates a well-designed and well-thought-out graphics card.