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

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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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Interesting design. Would like to see what the water block looks like.
 
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Interesting design. Would like to see what the water block looks like.
Linustech tips has a decent over of this card. I design looks good but I really want to see a good proper review of the liquid versions.
 
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They better not be using the aluminium block here and I will get one. So let's see what they put in it.
 
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the two type of cooling are intended to be used if you dont have one of them ?
 
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that is lush! my dream card just changed to this, imagine running chilled water.... then switching to air or whatever ya like!

shame its going to be priced like the aresII tho!
 
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PLEASE asus make that cooler for the non reference 290x's...
 
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Wait so, without being part of a loop that integrated block would just be filled with air, right?

If someone couldn't afford water cooling, I wonder if filling it with water or coolant and G1/4 plugs would improve heat transfer.
 
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experiencing cool stuff overload..:peace:
 
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Its about time they did something like this, only 2 slots too.
 
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Nice :) to get a good cooling and thus higher operating frequency. If only the price was reasonably low which is hard to believe from experience.
Such cooling option should be offered already in the issue of a reference model and thereby many bought this version rather than kept buying expensive blocks, and lose your warranty. Just to get to the full potential of the product as the current air coolers are completely inadequate !:rockout:
 
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sweet
 
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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.
Subjectivity ^^
 
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Wait so, without being part of a loop that integrated block would just be filled with air, right?

If someone couldn't afford water cooling, I wonder if filling it with water or coolant and G1/4 plugs would improve heat transfer.

Water does not cool directly, it's used to conduct heat to radiators.

What effectively dissipates heat in a water loop is the radiator, with just water you'd just delay the inevitable overheating of the system, so no it won't work with just G1/4 plugs and water.
 
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Water does not cool directly, it's used to conduct heat to radiators.

What effectively dissipates heat in a water loop is the radiator, with just water you'd just delay the inevitable overheating of the system, so no it won't work with just G1/4 plugs and water.
I know how water cooling works. My thinking was that if you don't have a water cooling loop set up and don't have the funds to build one, then you could at least fill the block with liquid since it in theory would mean better heat transfer from the base to the fins than AIR. I mean, there's a reason we use thermal paste, right? And obviously it's not because the paste cools down cores.
 
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The block would need to have cooling fins in order to work.
 
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I know how water cooling works. My thinking was that if you don't have a water cooling loop set up and don't have the funds to build one, then you could at least fill the block with liquid since it in theory would mean better heat transfer from the base to the fins than AIR. I mean, there's a reason we use thermal paste, right? And obviously it's not because the paste cools down cores.
I would think it would act more like a heat battery keeping the card warmer than it should be.
 
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The block would need to have cooling fins in order to work.
If you mean heat fins, then it does. You can see them in the pictures, and it only makes sense that it would have them anyways.

If you mean internal microfins for the water block, then first off it probably does or else it'd be a crappy block, and second it doesn't really matter - coolant or distilled water, even just passively sitting inside the block, would be better than just air. How much better, I don't know.
 
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Wait so, without being part of a loop that integrated block would just be filled with air, right?

If someone couldn't afford water cooling, I wonder if filling it with water or coolant and G1/4 plugs would improve heat transfer.
Despite what Radrok and James 888 said, I think i know what you are meaning. If the OP is correct it may have mixed modes so you may not need to use water, that's why it has two fans on it. So yes, keeping it filled with coolant may be better than having an air filled 'water' chamber.

It would be silly though to spend money on a product like this without having a water loop to attach to it.