The Stealthy Symphony: Asus GeForce RTX 4080 Super Noctua OC Edition
If you're tired of your PC sounding like a jet engine ready for takeoff every time you game, Asus has a new graphics card that aims to silence the noi...
If you're tired of your PC sounding like a jet engine ready for takeoff every time you game, Asus has a new graphics card that aims to silence the noise and keep your wallet happy. Partnering with cooling specialist Noctua, Asus has unleashed the Asus GeForce RTX 4080 Super 16GB GDDR6X Noctua OC Edition, touted as "the quietest air-cooled graphics card in its class."
In our RTX 4080 Super review, we were blown away by Nvidia's latest GPU, awarding our Asus TUF graphics card sample a stellar 9/10 rating. This new Super GPU not only delivers top-notch performance but also comes with a reasonable price tag, making it a winner in its league.
But it's the collaboration with Noctua that sets this Asus card apart. With an overclocked GPU that goes up to 90MHz faster, the Asus Noctua card ensures an even more exhilarating gaming experience. And fear not, the large Noctua cooling system keeps noise levels at an absolute minimum. Sure, it may resemble an owl caught in your granny's hosiery, but at least it does its job quietly.
The star of the show is undoubtedly the pair of Noctua NF-A12x25 fans, renowned among PC hardware enthusiasts for their exceptional performance and low-noise operation. I can personally vouch for their airflow-to-noise ratio, having witnessed their greatness in my own benchmarking adventures. However, quality comes at a price, with these fans retailing at $35 each.
Keep in mind that this Asus card is no shrinking violet; it occupies the space of over four expansion slots in your case. But fret not, Asus has got you covered with a support bracket and a screwdriver included in the package to assist with installation. The entire cooler design has been optimized to minimize noise, from the shroud to the heatspreader. Asus has left no stone unturned in its quest for tranquility.
But don't let the quiet operation fool you. Even in its default quiet mode, this Asus Noctua card boasts a 2,610MHz boost clock, surpassing the stock 2,550MHz frequency of the GPU by a cool 60MHz. And if you crave even more power, simply flip the BIOS switch to engage the 26,40MHz OC mode for an extra performance boost.
Asus proudly showcases its "0dB technology," claiming that it allows for "light gaming in relative silence." Now, I've always believed that silence is an absolute concept, rather than a relative one, but it seems that this card will keep its fans spinning at low speeds during lighter loads, allowing for a more serene gaming experience.
This isn't the first collaboration between Asus and Noctua; they previously joined forces during the Ampere RTX 3000-series era. It's refreshing to see that Asus still prioritizes low-noise graphics cards, catering to gamers who prefer a stealthy symphony over a roaring cacophony.
While the Asus GeForce RTX 4080 Super Noctua OC Edition may not fit everyone's budget, it's worth exploring other options. Check out our review of the RTX 4070 Super for a more affordable alternative, or dive into our Radeon RX 7600 XT review for a wallet-friendly option on the lower end of the scale.
So, gear up, gamers, and embrace the stealthy symphony of the Asus GeForce RTX 4080 Super Noctua OC Edition. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of quiet gaming bliss, where the only sound you'll hear is the sweet victory cry of triumph.