Autumn is here, the leaves are falling, it’s time to turn on your leaf blower. But as a computer hardware manufacturer, ASUS can produce different kinds of blowers: graphics cards with blower-type coolers. On Monday, the company launched the Turbo GeForce RTX 3070 Ti motherboard, one of the industry’s first RTX 3070 Ti products equipped with a turbo cooler.
Aimed at Best graphics card, this ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Equipped with Nvidia’s GA104-400 graphics processor, with 6144 CUDA cores, the clock frequency is up to 1800 MHz in OC enhanced mode, and 8GB of 19 GT/s GDDR6X memory. The board has two eight-pin auxiliary power connectors and four display outputs (three DisplayPort 1.4a, one HDMI 2.1), just like many competing RTX 3070 Ti cards.
In terms of performance, ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is similar to other graphics cards based on the same GPU, equipped with 8GB GDDR6X video memory. The main selling point of this product is its blower cooling system, which allows you to use the motherboard in a small system or install multiple Turbo GeForce RTX 3070 Ti cards into a PC.
Blower coolers have a controversial reputation. They first entered the PC world through Nvidia’s GeForce FX 5800 Ultra graphics card. The performance of this graphics card is not impressive, but the sound of its turbines surprised gamers. Over time, GPU developers learned how to properly implement blower coolers to ensure that they are not as loud as the FX 5800 Ultra. At the same time, they began to build cooling systems with two or three fans that provided similar performance levels without generating excessive noise levels, so blower-type coolers became rare beasts in the early 2010s.
However, if you need to cool a graphics card that dissipates about 300W in a small PC, the doctor ordered a blower cooler, because it exhausts hot air out of the chassis, so this can be done even if the internal airflow is far away Work from perfection.
In addition, when multiple graphics cards are installed in a system, the blower is the only cooling system that can provide sufficient cooling performance in a compact environment with restricted airflow. To this end, Nvidia itself uses blowers in its data center and workstation-oriented products.
This is why Nvidia doesn’t like the fact that its partners install blowers on its consumer-facing motherboards. It is almost impossible to find a GeForce RTX 3090 or GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with a blower cooler, although ASUS provides a Turbo GeForce RTX 3080 card with a blower cooling system.