Friday, February 17th 2017

Phanteks Also Announces the Glacier G1080 Series VGA Water Blocks

Phanteks, the award-winning thermal cooling and chassis manfacturer, is excited to introduce the new Glacier Series GPU water blocks. The Glacier G1080 full cover waterblocks from Phanteks are designed to work seamlessly with the 1080/1070 Graphic Cards from MSI Gaming Series, Asus Strix, EVGA FTW, Gigabyte G1, preserving compatibility with orignal backplates and RGB functionalities.

Made from premium materials according to the finest standards of craftsmanship from Phanteks, the G1080 water blocks deliver extreme cooling and improve stability under high overclocks for the enthusiasts. VITON sealing from the Automotive and Aerospace Industries ensure the best reliability and longevity.
The Glacier Series features RGB lighting to let you synchronize lighting patterns and effects from your RGB graphics card RGB, RGB motherboard, or Phanteks RGB products. The Glacier Series are available in two colors, Satin Black and Mirror Chrome.
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20 Comments on Phanteks Also Announces the Glacier G1080 Series VGA Water Blocks

#1
AsRock
TPU addict
It's like if were peddling backwards, water cooling to cool your card best as possible but lets kill that performance a little for led lighting and wrap it in plastic.
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#2
VSG
AsRock said:
It's like if were peddling backwards, water cooling to cool your card best as possible but lets kill that performance a little for led lighting and wrap it in plastic.
It's two pieces of thin metal over a plexi top, and there are holes in the top for the LED strips. Nothing that affects the waterblock performance as seen by my picture below with some orange coolant:



I will have a review of this up soon on TPU.
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#3
medi01
Why is it so expensive? I'd expect price that is at least 2 times lower.
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#4
AsRock
TPU addict
I guess they are just doing what everyone else is doing, which they cannot be blamed for.
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#5
Wastedslayer
Honestly these blocks look pretty nice. Price is comparable to EK if not slightly more expensive.

Looking forward to the review.
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#6
atomicus
You can use existing backplates with these blocks apparently, which definitely gives them an edge over EK in that respect. Especially with the Strix and other varieties which have RGB features, where you would really want to keep that.
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#7
roberto888
AsRock said:
I guess they are just doing what everyone else is doing, which they cannot be blamed for.
A little innovation never hurts though. :) Even if it's only little things.
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#8
XNine
CaseLabs Rep
VSG said:
It's two pieces of thin metal over a plexi top, and there are holes in the top for the LED strips. Nothing that affects the waterblock performance as seen by my picture below with some orange coolant:



I will have a review of this up soon on TPU.
I take it these are nickel plated copper and NOT aluminum, correct? If so.... "A NEW CHALLENGER HAS ENTERED THE GAME...."
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#9
VSG
atomicus said:
You can use existing backplates with these blocks apparently, which definitely gives them an edge over EK in that respect. Especially with the Strix and other varieties which have RGB features, where you would really want to keep that.
The stock backplate, yes. The FE GPU block for example asks to re-use some screws and then use some provided screws to install the FE backplate. But this also means that non FE, reference PCB blocks are not as lucky. That said, most GPU blocks for cards which have backplates that screws just from the back will be compatible with stock backplates.

XNine said:
I take it these are nickel plated copper and NOT aluminum, correct? If so.... "A NEW CHALLENGER HAS ENTERED THE GAME...."
Yes, nickel plated copper. This is a really good first entry to the market too. The microfins over the GPU could be finer, however, but overall still impressive.
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#10
ZoneDymo
For the last time, Nvidia limited overclocking potential on these cards aka this is completely pointless.
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#11
VSG
ZoneDymo said:
For the last time, Nvidia limited overclocking potential on these cards aka this is completely pointless.
So? You can distribute the heat more effectively and over a larger surface area getting you lower noise, no temperature throttling of core clocks and sebjectively better aesthetics.
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#12
ZoneDymo
VSG said:
So? You can distribute the heat more effectively and over a larger surface area getting you lower noise, no temperature throttling of core clocks and sebjectively better aesthetics.
If you are implying temperature throttling happens on the default coolers then the cards are even more of a mess then I thought....
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#13
VSG
ZoneDymo said:
If you are implying temperature throttling happens on the default coolers then the cards are even more of a mess then I thought....
GPU Boost 3.0 on Pascal is weird in that a 13 MHz core clock bin will start going down from max boost if temps increase past ~45 °C even depending on the silicon. You will still get more than advertised at these temps, but the higher the temperature the lower the boost to where some hot cards can throttle down to base clocks.
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#14
atomicus
VSG said:
The stock backplate, yes. The FE GPU block for example asks to re-use some screws and then use some provided screws to install the FE backplate. But this also means that non FE, reference PCB blocks are not as lucky. That said, most GPU blocks for cards which have backplates that screws just from the back will be compatible with stock backplates.
Not sure if I'm mis-reading, but I know you can use the non-FE Strix backplate with these blocks, I've had this confirmed by Phanteks. I don't know about FE. There aren't actually many Strix blocks available, only Bitspower (which is compatible with the Strix backplate) and EK (which isn't, meaning you have to buy theirs, therefore losing the RGB Strix one). I've seen it mentioned elsewhere they have designed this to be compatible with all AIB backplates... which makes sense as they don't seem to be producing a backplate of their own, so that would be crap if you had to remove your backplate entirely just to use this block. No one wants that.
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#15
VSG
atomicus said:
Not sure if I'm mis-reading, but I know you can use the non-FE Strix backplate with these blocks, I've had this confirmed by Phanteks. I don't know about FE. There aren't actually many Strix blocks available, only Bitspower (which is compatible with the Strix backplate) and EK (which isn't, meaning you have to buy theirs, therefore losing the RGB Strix one). I've seen it mentioned elsewhere they have designed this to be compatible with all AIB backplates... which makes sense as they don't seem to be producing a backplate of their own, so that would be crap if you had to remove your backplate entirely just to use this block. No one wants that.
I only have the Founders Edition block here, which is meant to go with the Founders Edition backplate. The EVGA ACX 3.0 card I have here comes with a backplate but the stock screws will not work, and neither do the provided Phanteks screws. It is not anyone's fault as Phanteks only guarantees support with the FE, and I am sure there are aftermarket screws one can get too. I just meant that out of the box, you should check before assuming the stock backplate will work :)
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#16
adulaamin
VSG said:
It's two pieces of thin metal over a plexi top, and there are holes in the top for the LED strips. Nothing that affects the waterblock performance as seen by my picture below with some orange coolant:



I will have a review of this up soon on TPU.
Will you be reviewing their CPU block as well? :-)
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#17
VSG
adulaamin said:
Will you be reviewing their CPU block as well? :)
I do not have one, and I had no idea the CPU block would be out this early. I do have a Bitspower CPU block coming up soon, so once it goes up I can contact Phanteks and see if they are interested to get their CPU block covered here as well.
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#18
bogami
Late ! Now I have 2 MSI Sea Hawk EK. It looks good. But why restrict the flow of fluid with such a small canal. At the Nano block it is this much better done ! So everyone should implement fluid in the slots with funnel-shaped kaere . therefore, in the form V ! This also applies to other producers olso change the direction access should be enabled . In a reverse flow I did not find differences in temperatures on the EK model.
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#19
Grings
Expensive, but the Strix one is compatible with the original backplate at least
ek claim theirs isnt, so you have to use their own £30 one :wtf:
I bet the damn original one fits with the bolts you only get with their backplate too
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#20
bogami
VSG said:
I only have the Founders Edition block here, which is meant to go with the Founders Edition backplate. The EVGA ACX 3.0 card I have here comes with a backplate but the stock screws will not work, and neither do the provided Phanteks screws. It is not anyone's fault as Phanteks only guarantees support with the FE, and I am sure there are aftermarket screws one can get too. I just meant that out of the box, you should check before assuming the stock backplate will work :)
Yes nVidia GTX1080 SEA HAWK EC has the same cover as the last air-cooled models and there is nothing wrong with them. What do they say traders ,doo not believe until you see for your self they does look good enught. When I buy a computer today for an elderly person they did not know what it is dual channel. and they did not know that one piece of RAM can not function in this system that declining 50% not to mention.. am not saying anymore. I do not get a single game in the purchase of 2 x GTX 1080 so that advertising is one big lie. Dealers then sell the game under his arm and they make a double profit. Surely I can not buy a GPU from unofficial vendor in Slovenia , but these excuses you get after staying empty-handed from the official providers:ASUS GPU MSI exsetra.:shadedshu:
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