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 fairs with this ASUS Noctua RTX 3080 OC review. It aims to improve upon the most popular graphics card. With the promise of better and quieter cooling although at a much bigger size coming in at over four slots. The new card brings the Noctua aesthetics to the graphics card world. 

ASUS Noctua RTX 3080 OC

Core 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

Coming in a beefy box with a handle it feels almost like a briefcase for your new graphics card. The massive box was built 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 a whopping 4.3 slots. So it’s no surprise it needs such a hefty box to carry it.

The Noctua version is based upon ASUS’ TUF model but improves upon the original design. With an enlarged copper baseplate to cover a wider area. Including the VRAM as well as the die itself for better performance overall by keeping temperatures under wraps. Along with a bigger heatsink for a greater thermal density.Which are then helped out by two Noctua NF-A12x25 fans instead of the stock three 92mm fans. The superior fans are more optimized for better airflow and static pressure characteristics. Which does give the card lower GPU and VRAM temperatures while running quieter than the original TUF. Promising an improvement of 4.5 dB, 3°C GPU, and 14­­°C in VRAM over the previous offering.

The build itself is sturdy and surprisingly nice looking. As with such a large heatsink and fans you’d expect a lot of bending and GPU sag. However, ASUS has done well to reinforce the card to prevent that from occurring. With a well-connected structure, it prevents any loose areas. With a strong backplate and IO shield, it also connects the furthest points together to create a solid build. Preventing bending over time can ruin the aesthetics of the graphics card in the long term.

Noctua is known for its unique color choices of beige and brown. Which it has also brought to the 3080 which 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-looking design on the front side. With the spinning fans being a hypnotizing pair of eyes. Put together it creates a well-designed and thought-out graphics card.