ASUS Noctua RTX 3070 8GB(LHR)

$699.99

The Asus RTX 3070 Noctua pairs two large but exceptionally quiet 120mm fans with a 4-slot cooler, resulting in excellent cooling and near-silent operation. It’s also the largest GPU, in terms of dimensions, that we’ve ever reviewed.

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Description

The Asus Noctua RTX 3070 boldly goes where no graphics card has gone before — at least, not without heavily modding the card on your own. Disclaimer: I love unique looking graphics cards, and I generally think bigger is better. Sure, RGB bling and high factory overclocks are fun, but this monstrous lovechild of Asus and Noctua is something entirely different. Were it not for the high price and somewhat limiting choice of GPU, this could be one of the best graphics cards of all time. But seriously, look at that thing: It takes up four freaking slots! I hope you don’t want to use any other PCIe peripherals in your rig.

Asus Noctua RTX 3070 Unboxing, Design, and Features

I’ve seen some cards that flirt with a 4-slot design in various ways — Gigabyte did some Aorus 3.5- to 4-slot width cards, and Colorful had the “hybrid” 4-fan card that used more than the traditional 3-slots with its RTX 3080 Ti. But this is the first true 4-slot GPU I’ve ever tested. I tried to take some comparison pictures with the Noctua model posted next to the other 3070 cards, but the pictures just don’t do it justice. In person, the Noctua takes up a lot of space. Putting it in my test PC with a standard mid-tower ATX case, there’s not much room for anything else.

Of course, the real stars of the show are the Noctua fans. They’re standard 120mm Noctua designs, measuring 25mm thick and with a sufficiently large shroud to accommodate them. Despite the size, the fans don’t necessarily move huge quantities of air, as they’re relatively low RPM models. Asus didn’t shrink the heatsink portion of the card to make room for the fans, however, which is how it ended up with the quadruple slot width — it’s basically a 2.5-slot card and heatsink design paired with fans that take up an additional 1.5-slots of thickness.

Final thoughts

Asus and Noctua delivered the goods with the 3070 Noctua graphics card, at least in theory. The street price looks painfully high, almost to the point where you could buy a 3080 or 3080 Ti instead. Perhaps we’ll see improved supply bring pricing down in the future, but we’d really only consider a $100 premium over a reference design as being appropriate for what you’re getting — otherwise you’re better off jumping up to the next higher GPU.

Additional information

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 50 × 30 × 25 cm

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