Asus and Noctua’s latest project could be an RTX 3080 with a powerful cooler

After the release of Asus GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua OC EditionAsus promised to work further absurd graphics cards with the renowned cooling company. The first of which could be close to release as images leak showing an RTX 3080 as the latest GPU to receive a love-or-hate makeover.

I was a big fan of the RTX 3070 in its beige and brown suit. While it kept the GA104 GPU extremely cool and was extremely quiet in the process, the size of the Noctua-designed cooler felt a bit underutilized on the second-tier GPU. The RTX 3080 with GA102 power should provide a much more fruitful fit.

According to images acquired by video cardzthe Asus X Noctua RTX 3080 would be a powerful number, once again using dual NF-A12x25 120mm fans in a 4-slot design.

There’s something odd about these preliminary images, though. It looks like Asus has opted for the RTX 3080 10GB instead of the more recent RTX 3080 12GB. That might not be the end of the world if it means this special edition card is a little cheaper than the more expensive 12GB models, although it’s very likely that even that 10GB model will come at a hefty price tag.

Videocardz reports that the card can be found for €1,150, which puts it around €250 more than the RTX 3070 model. The RTX 3070 was $830 in the US, so you could be looking at upwards of $1,000 by a 10GB RTX 3080. That’s a big leap, although it’s not confirmed as the final price, as Asus has yet to announce any such cards.

You have to be a big fan of the Noctua aesthetic to buy one of these cards, let’s be honest. You can buy an RX 6900 XT or a high-end Nvidia model for the same price.

This RTX 3080 Noctua Edition will likely come with a decent overclock, at the very least, to help you deliver a little more for your money.

But it’s a real statement piece for any PC build. I personally love the design, and any kind of cool collaboration for GPU skin designs is a welcome break from the usual third-party aesthetic. If you don’t like that, Asus recently announced another GPU we’d love to put our gloves on: its new Evangelion-themed GPU it’s a real beauty.

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