This Leaked RTX 3070 GPU Could Be Quietest Air-Cooled Graphics Card Yet
ASUS may have accidentally leaked an upcoming Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, and it could be the quietest air-cooled GPU yet if that’s the real deal.
As first reported by Wccftech, ASUS ‘Vietnamese Facebook page posted photos of a curious RTX 3070 with brown and beige Noctua fans. The Facebook post has since been deleted. The design appears to be based on ASUS ‘RTX Dual V2 OC Edition series of cards, which features two large fans. Noctua fans look like the NF-A12x25 that the company is currently selling. The Facebook post did not reveal a release date and did not mention whether other RTX cards would benefit from the Noctua treatment as well. But the Facebook post mentioned a price tag of 26 million Vietnamese dong, or about $ 1,143.
This isn’t the first time that ASUS Noctua fans have appeared online. ASUS had apparently registered a line of Noctua-branded cards on the Eurasian Economic Commission website. And before that, HWCooling reported that Noctua was working with ASUS for coolers on its Strix line of graphics cards.
Noctua is an Austrian computer hardware company known for manufacturing CPU heat sinks and case fans. The brand was defined by its brown and beige color scheme, reminiscent of 1970s wood panel furniture.
Regardless of its varying shades of brown, Noctua has established itself among PC building enthusiasts for manufacturing high quality, high airflow computer fans that produce minimal noise. It’s so good that many computer manufacturers are willing to ignore the color scheme just so they can gain cooling performance and noise.
The RTX 3070 cards shown in the image above appear to be a standard deal. In addition to the courtroom color scheme, the board will have a backplate with a finned heat sink with multiple heat pipes for better heat dissipation. It will be powered by two 8-pin connectors and output video through three HDMI ports or two DisplayPorts.
Either way, at a potential price tag of $ 1,143, this Noctua-branded RTX 3070 is going to be pretty expensive. A reference RTX 3070 from Nvidia costs $ 599 by comparison, assuming it can be found at retail. Considering the continued GPU shortage caused by the global pandemic, we wouldn’t be surprised if these cards sold out immediately. In other words, if it is really a real product.