Tuesday, November 11th 2014

Gigabyte Announces GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce Tri-SLI

Gigabyte announced the GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce Tri-SLI (model: GV-N980X3WA-4GD), arguably the highest pixel-crunching power that ever came out of a single box. This contraption is a trio of GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards, with a factory-fitted liquid cooling loop, which sits outside your case. Each of the three cards features a factory-overclocked GTX 980 chip featuring 1228 MHz core, 1329 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory; with a liquid-cooling pump-block over the GPU, and a base-plate that conveys heat from the memory and VRM to that block, using heat-pipes.

Coolant tubes from the three cards meet at the external unit, that has an independent 120 x 120 mm radiator for each of the three cards. Fan-speeds and coolant pressure of each of the three loops can be controlled at the unit's front-panel, which features an LCD display with coolant temperature and fan-speed readouts. Also part of the kit, are a custom 3-way SLI bridge, a reinforcement beam that counteracts PCB bending, a 5.25-inch front-panel bezel, from which the coolant tubes make their way out of the case, and to the external unit, and some tubing managment grommets. Gigabyte didn't announce pricing or availability.
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34 Comments on Gigabyte Announces GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce Tri-SLI

#1
Batou1986
That looks a lot like a bunch of cheap LC's shoved into some fancy plastic.
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#4
techy1
wow - that is one ugly looking and huge thing... and even the cards are still 2-slotters - so what is the benefit of this thing? I mean - even if it was for free and came as a bonus to gaming system - I would spend my own time/cash to get rid of that thing right away!
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#5
Ciric
Why am I thinking alienware when looking at that, lol
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#6
Toothless
A block of cooling things attached to three graphics thingys... Looks weird but I wonder how the benchies are.
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#8
bogami
what a plastic piece of crap ! Not worth the computer and far too expensive !:mad::banghead:
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#10
urza26
From an aesthetics point of view it would have made much more sense to just develop a complete case for this, instead of some wonky looking 'extension'. Cause now it is a case on top of a case, with tubes routing through the front.
Though I can appreciate the boldness of the concept.
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#11
sgtspiff
My god. Why?

Large, plastic, ugly. Just can't see why anyone would use this.
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#12
Capitan Harlock
I hope they sell a single card version too or is useless if you dont need 3 way sli
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#13
INSTG8R
Reminds me of my the Asetek external unit I used to run on my Opty 170/X1900 Crossfire rig
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#14
buggalugs
Ohhhhh No, I don't like it at all. If you had that kind of money to spend, You'd be much better off getting a proper loop with better performance and keeping it neat and tidy.
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#15
ensabrenoir
........have you people no imagination? Yeah its ugly , plastic and expensive...... but........but...... if someone was building an Alien themed face hugger type rig..... this thing would rock! Still nice to see someone thinking outside of hemisphere ......
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#16
robert3892
I might buy it...when I win the lottery
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#17
Exceededgoku
I don't need to win the lottery to buy this, but it looks damn good!

Designed for those that haven't got the time to build a custom loop themselves!
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#18
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
If I were to do something like that, I sure as heck wouldn't do it that way. Although I could be convinced that a dedicated radiator box wouldn't be a bad idea but with real liquid cooling components, not 3 separate AIO units.
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#19
ArchStupid
The plastic looks cheap, especially those tubes.
REALLY cheap...
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#20
GhostRyder
Its such a weird concept even when it was on the previous set of cards that honestly I am not sure who this is aimed at. I mean its obviously going to be more than $1600 dollars (Probably closer to $2200+) and for that money I feel it could be done a better way by just setting up your own custom system. I can see they are marketing this as a way to be quiet and have the ultimate system without much fuss but I feel that the people who would want this or would have the setup already for this would rather do something on their own.

I also am disappointed by the stock overclocks for this. I expected much higher than what they put for this type of machine...
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#21
ZoneDymo
sooo its 3 120mm radiators?.... well shit might as well place that shit inside the case, many can take that and it will look much nicer.
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#23
micropage7
first i think its dual big radiators , when i see it just duh
if you have big case you can put 3 rads internally than solution like this
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#24
Fuzzy112
How in the heck do you install them? If the loops are closed AIO loops I don't see any way to install the cards other than trying to shove the card or the radiator thru the 5.25 bays o_O
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#25
joyman
Gigabyte just push crap nowadays...
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