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Will 3 Noctua NF-A12x25 LS-PWM Fans Help Cool Down My RTX 3080 Ti?

Hello,

 

I recently bought a new RTX 3080 Ti, and everything has been going great except for the temperature!

 

I have a Thermaltake v200 (non-RGB) case with one rear exhaust fan. Inside it, there's an Intel® Core™ i5-11600K cooled by a Thermaltake Contac 9 and a GIGABYTE RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC card.

 

The GPU, when idle, is always running at 60 degrees Celsius, and when under load can get as hot as 82-85 degrees Celsius.

 

My case allows for three 120mm or two 140mm intake fans at the front.

 

I heard lots of good things about Noctua. So, I decided to buy three 120mm Noctua NF-A12x25 LS-PWM fans.

 

I was wondering if they will help with the GPU temperatures or not.

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Maybe. The real problem is that your case has a solid front panel with very limited airflow.

BabyBlu (Primary): 

  • CPU: Intel Core i9 9900K @ up to 5.3GHz, 5.0GHz all-core
  • Motherboard: Asus Maximus XI Hero
  • RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 4x8GB DDR4-3200 @ 4000MHz 16-18-18-34
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Roxanne (Wife Build):

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  • Motherboard: Asus Z97A
  • RAM: G.Skill Sniper 4x8GB DDR3-2400 @ 10-12-12-24
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 with LM
  • Case: Corsair Vengeance C70, With Custom Side-Panel Window
  • Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB, Samsung 860 EVO 1TB, Silicon Power A80 2TB NVME
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  • Motherboard: Gigabyte B550i Aorus Pro AX
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4-3600 @ 4400MHz 17-17-17-34
  • GPU: MSI RTX 3080 Ventus 3X Plus OC @ 1800MHz & .812V
  • Case: Fractal Design Node 202
  • Storage: Silicon Power A80 1TB
  • PSU: Corsair SF 600 Gold
  • Display: Samsung QN90A 65" (QLED, 4K, 120Hz, HDR, VRR)
  • Cooling: Thermalright AXP-100 Copper with Noctua A12x15 PWM Chromax Black
  • Keyboard/Mouse: Rii i4
  • Controllers: 4X Xbox One & 2X N64 (with USB)
  • Sound: Denon AVR S760H with 5.2.2 Atmos setup.
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

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  • CPU: Intel Core i7 6700
  • Motherboard: ASRock FATAL1TY H270M
  • RAM: 48GB DDR4-2133
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Case: Antec Three Hundred
  • Storage: Inland Premium 512GB NVME, Sabrent 1TB NVME, Blu-Ray Drive
  • PSU: Corsair CX450
  • Display: None
  • Cooling: Noctua NH-U14S with 2X Fractal Venturi HP-12
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  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

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You can try adding some fans but a new case would be good as well... Maybe you can find a chap case with a mesh front panel and maybe one fan installed... If you want bang for your bug I suggest arctic Fans I really like them and they are adorable.... If you don't wanna change the case get two arctic p12 or p14 they have good static pressure and therefore a better chance to pull in some air (you can get noctua as well but I would suggest saving the extra money for a mesh case)

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12 minutes ago, Hairless Monkey Boy said:

Maybe. The real problem is that your case has a solid front panel with very limited airflow.

I agree. I thought about removing it and leaving the front open but I think that has the downside of allowing more dust inside.

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3 minutes ago, _Omega_ said:

You can try adding some fans but a new case would be good as well... Maybe you can find a chap case with a mesh front panel and maybe one fan installed... If you want bang for your bug I suggest arctic Fans I really like them and they are adorable.... If you don't wanna change the case get two arctic p12 or p14 they have good static pressure and therefore a better chance to pull in some air (you can get noctua as well but I would suggest saving the extra money for a mesh case)

Hmm, I can't seem to find any Antec P12 or P14 fans on my local retailers website (https://elbadrgroupeg.store/cooling). If you'd be willing to check it out and give me some suggestions, I will be very grateful.

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2 minutes ago, Abdelfattah Radwan said:

I agree. I thought about removing it and leaving the front open but I think that has the downside of allowing more dust inside I assume.

Not a bad idea.

 

Don't worry too much about the dust. Regular maintenance will take care of it. Plus, if you keep the air moving, the dust will have less opportunity to settle.

BabyBlu (Primary): 

  • CPU: Intel Core i9 9900K @ up to 5.3GHz, 5.0GHz all-core
  • Motherboard: Asus Maximus XI Hero
  • RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 4x8GB DDR4-3200 @ 4000MHz 16-18-18-34
  • GPU: MSI RTX 2080 Sea Hawk EK X, 2070MHz core, 8000MHz mem
  • Case: Phanteks Evolv X
  • Storage: XPG SX8200 Pro 2TB NVME, 3x ADATA Ultimate SU800 1TB (RAID 0), Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVME
  • PSU: Corsair HX1000i
  • Display: MSI MPG341CQR 34" 3440x1440 144Hz Freesync, Dell S2417DG 24" 2560x1440 165Hz Gsync
  • Cooling: Custom water loop (CPU & GPU), Radiators: 1x140mm(Back), 1x280mm(Top), 1x420mm(Front)
  • Keyboard: Corsair Strafe RGB (Cherry MX Brown)
  • Mouse: MasterMouse MM710
  • Headset: Corsair Void Pro RGB
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

Roxanne (Wife Build):

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4790K @ Per Core 5.0GHz - 5.0GHz - 4.9GHz - 4.8GHz, Cache @ 4.6GHz, relidded with LM
  • Motherboard: Asus Z97A
  • RAM: G.Skill Sniper 4x8GB DDR3-2400 @ 10-12-12-24
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 with LM
  • Case: Corsair Vengeance C70, With Custom Side-Panel Window
  • Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB, Samsung 860 EVO 1TB, Silicon Power A80 2TB NVME
  • PSU: Corsair AX760
  • Display: Samsung C27JG56 27" 2560x1440 144Hz Freesync
  • Cooling: Corsair H115i RGB
  • Keyboard: GMMK TKL(Kailh Box White)
  • Mouse: Glorious Model O-
  • Headset: SteelSeries Arctis 7
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

BigBox (HTPC):

  • CPU: Ryzen 5600G @ 4640MHz
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte B550i Aorus Pro AX
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4-3600 @ 4400MHz 17-17-17-34
  • GPU: MSI RTX 3080 Ventus 3X Plus OC @ 1800MHz & .812V
  • Case: Fractal Design Node 202
  • Storage: Silicon Power A80 1TB
  • PSU: Corsair SF 600 Gold
  • Display: Samsung QN90A 65" (QLED, 4K, 120Hz, HDR, VRR)
  • Cooling: Thermalright AXP-100 Copper with Noctua A12x15 PWM Chromax Black
  • Keyboard/Mouse: Rii i4
  • Controllers: 4X Xbox One & 2X N64 (with USB)
  • Sound: Denon AVR S760H with 5.2.2 Atmos setup.
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

Harmonic (Game/Plex/Other Server):

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 6700
  • Motherboard: ASRock FATAL1TY H270M
  • RAM: 48GB DDR4-2133
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 530
  • Case: Antec Three Hundred
  • Storage: Inland Premium 512GB NVME, Sabrent 1TB NVME, Blu-Ray Drive
  • PSU: Corsair CX450
  • Display: None
  • Cooling: Noctua NH-U14S with 2X Fractal Venturi HP-12
  • Keyboard/Mouse: None
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

NAS:

  • Synology DS216J
  • 2x8TB WD Red NAS HDDs in RAID 1. 8TB usable space
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2 minutes ago, Hairless Monkey Boy said:

Not a bad idea.

 

Don't worry too much about the dust. Regular maintenance will take care of it. Plus, if you keep the air moving, the dust will have less opportunity to settle.

Alright then, I am going to remove the front panel and get myself 3 120mm fans.

 

Thanks a lot for the help everyone ❤️

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4 minutes ago, Abdelfattah Radwan said:

Hmm, I can't seem to find any Antec P12 or P14 fans on my local retailers website (https://elbadrgroupeg.store/cooling). If you'd be willing to check it out and give me some suggestions, I will be very grateful.

True maybe you can find them at another store, they just have the thermal paste from arctic... In the end Noctua is really great, I just like the price to performance of arctic 

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25 minutes ago, Abdelfattah Radwan said:

allowing more dust inside.

magnetic dust filters are pretty cheap and reasonably effective

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I understand that in my case, your gpu is not in direct comparison to mine. But I had the same problem with thermals in my gpu before and it also somehow affected my cpu thermals in high loads. But when I placed 2 fans blowing directly to my gpu(in this photo is my MSI RTX 3080 Gaming Z Trio) everything went well already. I attached my fans configuration photo below. Don't mind the right bottom fan orientation. It is a reverse Cooler Master sickle fan. It still blows air up directly to the gpu. Same airflow direction as to the one beside it(left bottom). This might help you.

 

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With this configuration, my temps at 24degC room temp are as follows:

-On Idle: CPU = 33degC , GPU = 29degC

-On Load(playing CP2077 at Ray Tracing: Ultra setting on 1440p resolution) CPU = 62degC and GPU = 62degC

Note: CPU used here is an Intel 11th gen 11700k overclocked at 38%.

 

Idle:

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On load (game: CP2077):

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6 hours ago, RMTM said:

I understand that in my case, your gpu is not in direct comparison to mine. But I had the same problem with thermals in my gpu before and it also somehow affected my cpu thermals in high loads. But when I placed 2 fans blowing directly to my gpu(in this photo is my MSI RTX 3080 Gaming Z Trio) everything went well already. I attached my fans configuration photo below. Don't mind the right bottom fan orientation. It is a reverse Cooler Master sickle fan. It still blows air up directly to the gpu. Same airflow direction as to the one beside it(left bottom). This might help you.

 

tipsL.thumb.jpg.acfe96af84d4de5dfa12f0a80e1de30c.jpg

 

With this configuration, my temps at 24degC room temp are as follows:

-On Idle: CPU = 33degC , GPU = 29degC

-On Load(playing CP2077 at Ray Tracing: Ultra setting on 1440p resolution) CPU = 62degC and GPU = 62degC

Note: CPU used here is an Intel 11th gen 11700k overclocked at 38%.

 

Idle:

03.thumb.jpg.a2385aa9d7d7a84440b8a1cce8609381.jpg

 

 

On load (game: CP2077):

02.thumb.jpg.f357d976f8168299a804ee7ffd002871.jpg

 

01.thumb.jpg.4762c0bdfabdc47946fdc1dd2b41b8b0.jpg

This is extremely helpful, thanks a lot!

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