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    Re: Asus GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition launched

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    I assume people in that bracket just go water cooled. That makes the card slimmer, not 5 slots wide. You can also use a bigger radiator so you have three Noctua fans sharing the cooling, for extra slow and quiet spinning.
    This may be a stupid question but... having seen that AIOs for CPUs are generally only as good or worse than a top end air cooling, is there a chance that this monstrosity would outdo a GPU watercooling set up?

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    Re: Asus GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition launched

    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    This may be a stupid question but... having seen that AIOs for CPUs are generally only as good or worse than a top end air cooling, is there a chance that this monstrosity would outdo a GPU watercooling set up?

    NGH! my "P" key has lost its click and is all mushy and limp. I don't like a limp "P".
    There is no perfect cooling answer, and it depends on how good the watercooling is set up.

    This gpu is quiet because it has two massive Noctua fans on a 240mm heatsink.
    An AIO is quiet because it has a pair of massive fans on a 240mm or bigger radiator.
    A normal GPU has really thin fans, not these 25mm thick jobs. So the difference here is how you get the heat spread out so that big fans can push it away.

    The heatsink has in the advantage that heatpipes can get heat away from a source really effectively, but then you are dumping it into a bunch of aluminium fins that can't soak it away so fast. Copper works way better, but mounting 1kg of copper onto a PCB often doesn't end well.
    A good watercooling setup could have a bigger radiator than you are seeing here.
    A good watercooling setup can choose where the radiator goes for good airflow, but getting air to a 4.3241 slot wide card might be tricky,
    For me, that video card is going to be fighting my PSU for cool air. I different case it would be better.
    But for all that, water cooling always seemed more of a faff than I can be bothered with. So air cooled with huge fans all the way for me.

    I look forward to seeing a nasty brown coloured case to make best use of this

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