Asus has announced the blower edition of their RTX 3070 Ti GPU. Called the Asus Turbo GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. The design incorporates a dual ball bearing blower fan coupled to a 2-slot heatsink. All of the cards are just 268mm long, though the PCI-e power connectors are placed on the end of the card functionally increasing their length.
For the SFF world, blower coolers can be incredibly useful. However, they have become a relatively rare breed as the GPU market has transitioned to two, three, or even four slot axial fan style coolers. While the axial fans are quieter and generally provide better performance, they also dump all of the GPUs waste heat directly into the system case. If you have a large ATX case with lots of ventilation and airflow, it’s generally not a big deal. However, if you have a small form factor case, it can become a major issue.
Blower cards by their nature exhaust the GPU heat out of the case. This means that you have 200 to 300 less watts heat to deal with when cooling your system. The down side of this is that blower coolers tend to run hotter and louder than their axial brethren.
Asus lists the boost clocks at 1740MHz, 1800MHz, and 1755 MHz for the 3080, 3070 Ti and 3070 respectively. Street pricing has not yet been seen.