True, it's a little dull, being much of the same ol', same ol', but still... we've seen more colorful and inspiring styles than this, such as Asus' own gundam style.Perhaps cause the Chromax Black looks similar to other solutions?.... or maybe they just love 196X colors palette ?
Did everyone forget the stupid-ridiculous Colorful KUDAN 1080? It was effectively 4 slots, with the rear liquid-cooled backplate requiring another slot (if the mobo offset the first PCIe slot).In fact, Asustek's GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua could be one of the industry's first four-wide graphics cards.
Fully agree this is a lazy attempt and 4 slots is unnecessarily wide. But I'm putting the blame on Noctua, who promised to release a black DH-15 and then took years to actually whip out a can of spray paint. Everything they do takes forever. For them to design a GPU heatsink with their OCD fin spacing and built in fan ducts on the shroud could have taken years, and more than Asus was willing to wait for. I also can't see Noctua selling Asus the fan blades only since their solutions involve a lot of engineering on the fan ducting, and wouldn't perform the same without it.Why on earth is it 4 slots? I'm guessing ASUS was just lazy and it's the exact same as some other Asus graphics card heatsink with 2 default Noctua fans strapped on and they gonna charge a 50% premium. At least engineer the heatsink it so it's 3 slots my god.
Notice how that black shroud extends out a bit over the fans? Since the card lies horizontal you would almost never see the fans. I personally will buy one if I can.Noctua's color scheme is so fugly. They make awesome fans, literally the innovators of modern fan design. But if you own a tempered glass case, these fans are super ugly and don't match anything else in the case.