Thursday, November 28th 2013

ASUS Shows Off ROG-Branded GeForce GTX Graphics Card with Air-Liquid Hybrid Cooler

While EVGA is coming out with the GTX 780 Ti Kingpin Edition, ASUS is preparing its own custom-cooled and (most likely) factory overclocked GeForce GTX 780 Ti card, and it shall be known as Poseidon. The Taiwanese company offered a sneak peek of the card which will be part of the Republic of Gamers lineup and will feature a DIGI+ VRM, highly-durable Black Metallic Capacitors and the DirectCU H20 cooler which combines air and liquid cooling to allow for better performance and quieter operation.

DirectCU H20 packs two dust-proof fans, three heatpipes, a large heatsink and a water block. Based on the prototype card showcased by ASUS earlier this year we can assume the ROG Poseidon will have three working modes - air only, liquid only and combined (air and liquid). No word yet on the card's clocks, price tag or release date.
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30 Comments on ASUS Shows Off ROG-Branded GeForce GTX Graphics Card with Air-Liquid Hybrid Cooler

#1
Ghost
The Terrible Puddle said:
Butt ugly. Feels cheap while being expensive. Requires a little more than two slots while having a radiator and too long tubes. Performs pretty bad for its cost and sacrifice of space in your case.
However this DirectuCU H2O isn't ugly and doesn't need >2 slots. So if its performance comes close to AC Hybrid, it's a win.
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flynnski
Fierce Guppy said:
I find it perplexing that announcements of aftermarket coolers for the 780ti are commonplace while there's been not one announced for the 290X, and the 290X has been out longer. There's no way I'm going to buy a 290X with the shabby reference cooler on it.
You (conveniently) forget that the 780Ti is based upon the Titan which has been out for the better part of a year,, the 780 since May. So manus can simply slap on a slightly modded Titan/780 cooler and be done with it. With the 290 series, the GPU placement is different than the series preceding it (rotated by 45 degress), and requires retooling of aftermarket cooling, outside of "generic" versions (Accelero) etc
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radrok
flynnski said:
You (conveniently) forget that the 780Ti is based upon the Titan which has been out for the better part of a year,, the 780 since May. So manus can simply slap on a slightly modded Titan/780 cooler and be done with it. With the 290 series, the GPU placement is different than the series preceding it (rotated by 45 degress), and requires retooling of aftermarket cooling, outside of "generic" versions (Accelero) etc
So Ek pumping out precisely milled full coverage 290/290x blocks is using alien technology?
AMD is deliberately withholding custom 290/290x
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Fierce Guppy
flynnski said:
You (conveniently) forget that the 780Ti is based upon the Titan which has been out for the better part of a year,, the 780 since May. So manus can simply slap on a slightly modded Titan/780 cooler and be done with it. With the 290 series, the GPU placement is different than the series preceding it (rotated by 45 degress), and requires retooling of aftermarket cooling, outside of "generic" versions (Accelero) etc
"Conveniently"??? I posted the question to the AMD forum and the people there were astute enough not to assume an ulterior motive. I don't keep track of the similarities and differences in graphics card PCB design. All I'm interested in is how well the card performs. I'm am told that AMD has forbade 3rd party coolers for the 290X until December 1st when the restriction is lifted. There's not yet even a WHQL driver for the 290X.
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