With Nvidia's new RTX 4080 Super launching imminently, Asus has unveiled one particular 4080 Super variant that Noctua enthusiasts will love. Asus has quietly unveiled the all-new RTX 4080 Super Noctua Edition, sporting Noctua's high-performance 120mm NF-A12x25 fans, and Noctua's (love or hate it) brown color scheme.
The new model is effectively a refreshed version of the original RTX 4080 Noctua Edition featuring Nvidia's new RTX 4080 Super GPU with its fully enabled AD103 GPU die. The model is a factory overclocked variant, and sports a 100MHz overclock in its default mode — 2610MHz, and a 2640MHz clock speed in OC mode.
The new RTX 4080 Super Noctua Edition comes with a humongous quadruple slot cooler (4.3 slots to be exact), featuring an aluminum vapor chamber heatsink inside. The shroud is painted in a dark grey finish, accompanied by Noctua's NF-A12x25 fans featuring their stock brown paint job. The backplate is painted matte black featuring stripes near and around the end of the card. Two cutouts for several MOSFETs located behind the PCB, and an additional cut out to the rear provide an additional airflow path for the rear Noctua fan.
The new Super variant's cooling solution is identical to its vanilla counterpart, sporting identical width, height, and length as well as the same NF-A12x25 fans. It may seem strange that Asus and Noctua rushed to make this new model so quickly, but as a reminder Nvidia is replacing the RTX 4080 with the RTX 4080 Super, leaving Noctua-loving buyers without a top-tier GPU to purchase. So it makes sense that Asus and Noctua would want to build the RTX 4080 Super Noctua Edition as soon as possible.
The new RTX 4080 Super isn't expected to be a massive upgrade over its original counterpart, with only 512 more CUDA cores and slightly faster 23 Gbps GDDR6X memory. This explains why the new model is identical in size to the original 4080 Noctua Edition, Asus is probably recycling the PCB for use in the RTX 4080 Super variant since they are so similar.
Reviews of the RTX 4080 Super are imminent, and they will verify its performance over the RTX 4080. You can bet we'll have a review out ASAP, covering the new GPU just like our reviews of the RTX 4070 Ti Super and RTX 4070 Super.
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Ah yes beige and 70's brown, those are the colors that I want on my GPU... said no one ever.Reply
So I just did the calculations for the founders edition 4080 super and, based on specs alone, we should see a maximum uplift of 9.7% vs a founders edition vanilla 4080 (insert specs-to-theoretical performance calculations caveats here). If you are sitting on a rtx 2000 series or an rx 5000 series I’d say it might be worth it depending on rationale. 9.7% more performance for a 20% discount vs vanilla 4080. It’s still not great value, but it’s better than it was. If it had 20 GB of VRAM for $999 this thing would sell like hot cakes.Reply
Said enough people to sustain 4 different SKUs over 3 (well, 2 and a half) generations.peachpuff said:Ah yes beige and 70's brown, those are the colors that I want on my GPU... said no one ever.
Just as there are people who choose rainbow unicorn vomit over performance, there are those who choose performance over rainbow unicorn vomit.
It's funny that you should say this! I just helped someone spec a new PC where he decided he was willing to spend a couple hundred $ replacing all 5 case fans with Noctua, purely because he likes how their color scheme matches the wood-paneled case he's using.peachpuff said:Ah yes beige and 70's brown, those are the colors that I want on my GPU... said no one ever.
He'd never even heard of Noctua, before, but saw pictures of someone else using that case with their NH-D15 cooler and decided he liked the look. So, he picked that CPU cooler, just based on the color of the fan and opted to replace the rest of the fans. I guess it's good luck that happens to be one of the best air coolers, then!
It's the first time I've ever heard of someone buying Noctua specifically because of the beige & brown color scheme!
I wonder what he'd think of these GPUs...
(For the record, I'll state that card does indeed look strange to my eyes. Perhaps, seeing it inside the right case could change things?)
When the original RTX 4000 series launched, I calculated the RTX 4080 was an outlier, relative to the 4070 Ti and 4090. Instead of $1200, it should've been priced more like $1050, in order to provide similar TFLOPS/$, GB/s/$ and GB/$ as the other two. I'll have to rerun those numbers against the lower-tier Super refreshes, but I think the RTX 4080 Super is going to be a bit more in line at $1k, and definitely provide a better value than the RTX 4090.The Historical Fidelity said:9.7% more performance for a 20% discount vs vanilla 4080. It’s still not great value, but it’s better than it was. If it had 20 GB of VRAM for $999 this thing would sell like hot cakes.
Looks like it takes up 4 slots.Reply