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Colorful Announces the iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Neptune W Graphics Card

Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, officially debuts the international name for its liquid-cooled GPUs with the announcement of the Neptune series of graphics cards, starting off with the most powerful model which debuted in COMPUTEX, the iGame GTX 1080 Ti Neptune W.

The iGame GTX 1080 Ti Neptune W ships with 3584 CUDA cores, and runs at a base clock frequency of 1594 MHz while the GPU Boost clock speed can go up to 1708 MHz. To improve the performance even further, the iGame GTX 1080 Ti Neptune W has also been outfitted with GDDR5X memory module running at 11 Gbps that bring gamers more powerful game performance.

GIGABYTE Intros Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti WaterForce Xtreme

GIGABYTE, which had two variants of its flagship GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, the air-cooled Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition, and the WaterForce WB Xtreme Edition, that comes with a factory-fitted full-coverage water-block; introduced a third variant, the WaterForce Xtreme Edition. Unlike the WaterForce WB Xtreme Edition, which you plumb to your own water-cooling loop, this card comes with a self-contained AIO liquid-cooling loop. The cooling solution consists of an pump-block base which makes contact with the GPU and a base-plate that draws heat from the VRM and memory; and a 120 mm radiator with an included 120 mm fan. The cooler-shroud features some groovy acrylic windows, and RGB LED lighting controlled by GIGABYTE RGB Fusion software.

The card is based on the same exact PCB as its two other siblings, with the same clock speeds of 1607 MHz core, 1721 MHz GPU Boost, and 11.2 GHz (GDDR5X-effective) memory out of the box, against NVIDIA-reference clocks of 1480 MHz core, 1582 MHz GPU Boost, and 11.00 GHz memory. The software-enabled "OC mode" runs the card at 1632 MHz core, 1746 MHz GPU Boost, and 11.44 GHz memory. The card draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4, three HDMI ports (two on the rear panel, one internal HDMI port for VR headsets); and a dual-link DVI connector. The company didn't reveal pricing.

GIGABYTE Intros the Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition

GIGABYTE launched a variant of its flagship Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition graphics card, which is prepped for water-cooling. The new Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition comes with a factory-fitted full-coverage water-block, which you plumb to your water-cooling loop. The block is made of nickel-plated copper, with a clear acrylic top, and an aluminium+plastic top-plate with a cutout the shape of the Aorus logo. The acrylic top is studded with RGB multi-color LEDs, which can be controlled using GIGABYTE RGB Fusion software.

The Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition comes with out of the box clock speeds of 1607 MHz core, 1721 MHz GPU Boost, with a software-enabled "OC mode" which cranks up clocks to 1632/1746 MHz; compared to NVIDIA-reference clocks of 1480/1582 MHz. The memory is left untouched at 11 GHz (GDDR5X-effective). The card draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors; and features a similar, VR-optimized display connector layout to its air-cooled sibling, which includes three DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, and one dual-link DVI-D where you'd expect them, plus a third HDMI connector near the card's tail end (facing the front of your case). The company didn't reveal pricing.

Alphacool Eisblock Full-coverage VGA Block for GP102 Boards Pictured

Alphacool rolled the Eisblock GPX-N full-coverage water-block for GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition, TITAN X Pascal, and TITAN Xp (they share the same reference PCB). The block features a nickel-plated copper primary material, with an acrylic top, and a metal outer shroud that gives the block an industrial look. Also included is an aluminium back-plate. The block features standard G1/4" fittings.

Swiftech Intros Apogee Drive 2 with AM4 Support

Swiftech today released the Apogee Drive 2 CPU water-block with integrated pump, which now comes with support for AMD socket AM4. A successor to the second-generation Apogee HD pump-block, the Apogee Drive 2 features increased surface area for heat dissipation to the coolant, and features a higher flow MCP35X integrated-pump, with hydraulic bearings. The G1/4 inlet and exhausts can turn within a 90° angle. The Swiftech logo ornament on top of the block features an RGB lighting element (simple 3-color). Besides AM4, the Apogee Drive 2 supports LGA2011(v3), LGA115x, LGA1366, and LGA775, besides other AMD sockets, such as AM3(+) and FM2(+). Available now, it is priced at US $138.95.

Phanteks Announces Glacier C350a CPU Water block for AMD Platforms

Phanteks today introduced its top of the line Glacier C350a CPU water-block for AMD platforms. It comes with retention modules for AM4, AM3(+), and FM2(+) sockets. The blocks feature nickel-plated copper as their primary material, with acrylic tops, and anodized aluminium cover plates, available in either matte black or mirror-finished chrome. The block embeds RGB LED lighting elements, which plug into your motherboard or LED controllers using standardized 4-pin headers, and supports most common RGB lighting standards, including ASUS Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light, and GIGABYTE RGB Fusion.

The block features 0.4 mm-thick fins that run along almost the entire area, which are 5 mm high, for improved heat dissipation to the coolant. Its base features a mirror finish. The block is mated with the top using aerospace-grade viton rubber sealing. Measuring 109 mm x 42.5 mm x 70 mm (W x H x D), the block weighs in at 330 g. A tube of Phanteks PH-NDC thermal compound comes included. Available now, the Phanteks Glacier C350a is priced at USD $79.99.

Swiftech Announces the Komodo NV-ECO Full-coverage Block for TITAN X Pascal

Swiftech today announced the Komodo NV-ECO, a full-coverage water-block for NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal. The block features nickel-plated copper as its primary material, with a frosted acrylic top that clears up over the block's coolant channel. This channel features mounts for RGB multi-color LEDs, for the optional Swiftech LS80 light-strip (to be purchased separately for $11.95), driven by Swiftech Iris-Eco RGB LED controller (also to be purchased separately for $12.95).

The company is also offering a matching aluminium back-plate, which can be had for $29.95. The block is primed for G 1/4 fittings, and includes factory-fitted thermal-pads over the memory and VRM areas. A small tube of thermal interface material is included to be applied on the GPU. Available now, the Swiftech Komodo NV-ECO full-coverage water block is priced at US $124.95.

Swiftech Intros the Apogee XL2 CPU Water Block

Swiftech introduced the second-generation of its flagship CPU water-blocks, the Apogee XL2. These blocks are characterized by clear acrylic tops, and an RGB multi-color LED peeking out of a Swiftech logo in the center. Swiftech redesigned the coolant channel to have reduced flow restriction compared to the previous generation Apogee XL block by 5%. Swiftech is including its Iris RGB LED controller that lets you program the LED. A tube of Apogee HD thermal interface material comes included. The block supports G1/4 fittings; and all modern CPU socket types, including LGA2011x, LGA115x, LGA1366, AM3(+), and FM2(+). The block is priced at US $49.95, and $44.95 without the Iris module.

EK Water Blocks Ready with a GeForce GTX 1080 Water Block

EK Water Blocks is ready with a full-coverage water-block for the NVIDIA reference-design GeForce GTX 1080 PCB, found on the company's GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphics, and some of the more cost-effective custom-design GTX 1080 graphics cards (such as this one). The primary material is copper; the block features a common coolant channel running along the VRM, GPU, and memory areas, with a micro-fin lattice over the GPU. The block will be available in four variants: exposed copper with clear acrylic top, exposed copper with opaque acetal top, nickel-plated copper with clear top, and opaque top. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.

AquaComputer Announces New Water-blocks for NVIDIA GTX Titan X

As of now Aqua Computer offers six different water blocks for the NVIDIA GTX TITAN X graphics card. The kryographics for GTX TITAN X is CNC-milled from a 10mm thick high-purity electrolytic copper block and entirely made in Germany. The GPU, RAM and voltage regulators are covered by the block while the GPU area features a micro structure with a 0.5mm grid. All relevant areas are also covered by the flow path of the cooling liquid to provide an excellent cooling performance.

The contact surface of the base is high gloss polished. To gain the last bit of cooling performance the kryographics for GTX TITAN X allows using thermal grease instead of thermal pads for the RAM chips. For an easy installation the block comes with preassembled distance pieces so the screws can be tightened as far as they will go to achieve an optimal contact pressure. The block can be used with regular G1/4" fittings and the connection terminal offers threads into both directions. The regular connection terminal can be also exchanged with the optional kryoconnect adapters which can be used for SLI setups.

Koolance Announces its GeForce GTX TITAN X Water Block

Koolance announced availability of its GeForce GTX TITAN X water block, the VID-NXTTNX. This full-coverage water block is made of nickel-plated copper, with a POM-acetal top, stainless steel inserts, and nickel-plated brass fittings. Weighing a little over 1 kg, the block cools all components on the obverse side of the PCB, including the GPU, the VRM, and the memory chips. The VID-NXTTNX is priced at US $129.99. To cool memory chips on the reverse side, Koolance is separately selling a functional back-plate of its own, the ACC-PLTNXTTNX. This 1 kg back-plate is made of copper, and features heat dissipating ridges. It's priced at US $34.99.

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 HydroCopper Pictured

With the GeForce GTX 980 HydroCopper, EVGA changed the "HydroCopper" brand. In earlier generations, HydroCopper denoted a factory-overclocked reference PCB, with a factory-fitted, full-coverage water-block, which you added to a liquid-cooling loop of your own. The new card comes with its very own closed-loop cooler, much like AMD's reference Radeon R9 295X2.

The card's cooler features a metal base-plate which conveys heat drawn from the memory and VRM, in part to the centrally located pump-block, and in part to an aluminium fin stack. A common lateral-flow blower ventilates the two. The central pump-block looks typical Asetek fare, with a pair of tubes driving coolant to and from the reservoir+radiator assembly, which is ventilated by a single 120 mm fan. The underlying PCB appears to be reference NVIDIA.

Koolance Launches its VID-NX980 Water Block

Koolance launched its signature full-coverage water block for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card, the VID-NX980. Designed for reference-design GTX 980 PCBs, the block features nickel-plated copper as its primary material, with a 0.5 mm micro-fin lattice over the GPU, for maximum heat dissipation to the coolant; topped off with an opaque matte-black, acetal top, with chrome accents. It features a common G 1/4 BSPP fitting. Available now from the Koolance website, the VID-NX980 is priced at $129.99.

Koolance Confirms LGA2011v3 Compatibility for CPU-380I FC Block

Koolance confirmed that its CPU-380I full-coverage CPU water block is compatible with LGA2011v3, the socket Core i7-5000 "Haswell-E" chips are designed for. Not just with its retention module compatibility, but higher rated TDP of 140W, forced LGA2011-compatible cooling solution manufacturers to recheck support for LGA2011v3. The CPU-380I features a nickel-plated copper as its primary material, with a micro-fin lattice etched out in its main chamber. It features a black acetal top. Standard G 1/4 BSPP threading will supports fittings of up to 19 mm dia (3/4in) OD compression style. Available now, the CPU-380I is priced at US $74.99.

EVGA Shows off 2-slot Air Cooled GeForce GTX TITAN-Z and HydroCopper

EVGA showed off its liquid-cooling ready GeForce GTX TITAN-Z dual-GPU graphics card, ahead of its market availability. The card combines an NVIDIA reference PCB with a full-coverage water-block designed for EVGA, by EK Water Blocks. The block is custom in that it features a custom cooler shroud over the EK-FC Titan Z "clear" acrylic variant. It also comes with a 2-slot rear I/O bracket. The card comes with a lofty factory-overclock, of 758 MHz core (compared to 705 MHz reference), 941 MHz GPU Boost (876 MHz reference), and an untouched 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory.

In addition, EVGA showed off the industry's first custom-design, air-cooled GeForce GTX TITAN-Z graphics card. The unnamed card features the company's next-generation ACX TITAN-Z 2-slot air-cooler, which features two aluminium fin stacks cooling each of the two GPUs, ventilated by 100 mm fans. EVGA didn't finalize the card's clock speeds, or even the product, for that matter. It depends on if NVIDIA allows it to launch custom-design, air-cooled GTX TITAN-Z.

Galaxy Also Unveils GTX 780 Ti HOF V20

In addition to a redesigned, air-cooled GTX 780 Ti HOF, Galaxy also unveiled the GTX 780 Ti HOF V20. The card is ready for liquid-cooling, and features a factory-fitted full-coverage water-block by EK Water Blocks. It also features a brand new, milky white PCB with a powerful 12-phase VRM that draws power from three 8-pin PCIe power connectors, dual-BIOS, and an easy BIOS toggle switch.

Sapphire Unveils Atomic 990FX Motherboard with FC Water Block

Sapphire's Atomic brand often sprung up some surprising products in the VGA space, including some of the very first graphics cards with factory-fitted liquid-cooling solutions. Its latest creation is the Atomic 990FX, a socket AM3+ motherboard in the ATX form-factor, with a full-coverage water-block. "Full coverage and motherboards?" you ask? Yes! This board features a full-coverage block that features coolant channels that pass through not just the CPU, but also CPU VRM, and the chipset. It features three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, four DDR3 DIMM slots, six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, gigabit Ethernet, and 8-channel audio.

Galaxy GeForce GTX 770 HOF ICE to Feature Frosty White FC Block

Galaxy's HOF (hall of fame) line of graphics cards for overclockers is characterized by the company's unique choice of white colored PCBs. The company is giving final touches to a GeForce GTX 770-based graphics card that's prepped for liquid cooling, and comes with a factory-fitted, full-coverage water-block. The block is unlike anything we've seen before. Its top and fitment ports are frosty white, with a brushed aluminium accent along its center-right. The actual card isn't pictured yet, but something tells us that Galaxy could reuse the PCB of its air-cooled GTX 770 HOF. We're not sure who's behind the block, but given that EKWB designed frosty-white blocks for Galaxy/KFA2 cards in the recent past, Galaxy may have approached it for the goods. There's no word on when Galaxy will launch the liquid-cooled GTX 770 HOF.
Sources: ChinaDIY, VideoCardz

PowerColor Radeon R9 290X LCS Pictured

AMD's Radeon R9 290X is a great chip with sub-par reference cooling performance that's not just noisy but could also cool the GPU inadequately, making it throttle. With AMD allowing its partners to come up with non-reference design cards, most AMD Radeon add-in board (AIB) partners are pulling out their workhorses (think DirectCU II, WindForce 450W, TwinFrozr IV, VaporX Dual-X, etc). PowerColor has more fluid plans. The company could be among the first partners to come up with an R9 290X card that's ready for liquid cooling out of the box, the R9 290X LCS.

PowerColor Radeon R9 290X LCS features a full-coverage liquid-cooling block by EK Water Blocks, which besides the PowerColor LCS branding, is basically EK-FC R9-290X with the nickel-acetal top option. The block appears to be factory-fitted onto an AMD reference design PCB. PowerColor didn't mention clock speeds or pricing, although given the block's $145 aftermarket price, one can't discount the possibility of a $120~150 premium over the $549.99 pricing of the R9 290X. PowerColor could launch the Radeon R9 290X LCS, along with another air-cooled non-reference design card a little later this month.

Radeon R9 290X Launch Date Revealed?

At a local press gathering in Turkey, AMD revealed the launch date of its next high-end product, the Radeon R9 290X. The press NDA over the card will end on October 15, 2013, at 12:01 AM EST (Berlin time). This NDA expiry time was disclosed in the slides that AMD showed the press. There's always the possibility that the NDA expiry date doesn't match market availability. It could merely mark NDA expiry for the press to post reviews of their AMD reference-design R9 290X (the only kind of R9 290X that will be initially available). AMD is handling R9 290X launch much in the same way NVIDIA handled the GTX TITAN, in that there won't be non-reference design cards in the foreseeable future, with the exception of cards with factory-fitted full-coverage water-blocks.

Source: DonanimHaber

Sapphire Unveils Liquid-Cooled Radeon HD 7990 Atomic

It was only a matter of time after AMD's launch of the more energy-efficient Radeon HD 7990 "Malta" graphics card, that Sapphire would design a liquid-cooled Atomic variant. The card is based on a custom-design 12-layer PCB, ships with factory-overclocked speeds, and uses a high-grade VRM with 12-phase vGPU, 4-phase VDDCI, and 2-phase MVDD, which draw power from three 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The card is cooled by a full-coverage water-block, and features an aluminum back-plate to cool memory chips on the reverse side of the PCB. The card features 6 GB of total memory, 3 GB per GPU.

On the demo system, the full-coverage block was seen connected to a conventional-looking liquid-cooling loop, and not something closed-loop/AIO. Coolant tubes from the card run to a conventional-looking reservoir, a 240 x 120 mm radiator, and a pump that occupies a 5.25-inch drive bay, and features a pressure gauge. We're not sure if the Sapphire Atomic-branded FB blocks for the CPU and chipset are part of the package, but Sapphire has, in the past, given CPU blocks with its Atomic-branded cards. This is one card to watch out for.

Liquid-Cooled Colorful GeForce GTX TITAN iGame Unveiled

Colorful was the first graphics card maker to announce a factory-overclocked GeForce GTX TITAN, only it held back with adding its own customization because manufacturers are not permitted to modify reference-design GTX TITAN, with the exception of pre-installing full-coverage water-blocks, such as in the case of EVGA GTX TITAN HydroCopper. Colorful followed this path, by innovating a full-coverage block of its own.

Pictured below are two iterations of Colorful's card, one with a see-through acrylic top, and another with a classy POM-acetal top. The underlying block appears to use nickel-plated copper, and features a dense micro-channel stack over the GPU area, where the highest heat is generated and needs to be dissipated. The coolant channel appears to flow through the entire VRM area; the block actively cools all memory chips on the obverse side of the PCB. Colorful is running opinion polls on Chinese social-media on which block better suits the PCB, which ultimately is an NVIDIA-reference design one. Colorful plans to deploy factory-overclocked speeds of 954 MHz core, 1006 MHz GPU Boost, while leaving the memory untouched at 6.00 GHz.

Koolance Announces its GeForce GTX Titan-compatible Water Block

Koolance rolled out its full-coverage water block for NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, the VID-NXTTN. Made of nickel-plated copper (main block), nickel-plated brass (ports), and POM-acetal (top), the block features a micro-fin lattice to dissipate heat from the GPU to the coolant. The main block covers hot components on the obverse side of the PCB, including the GPU, memory chips, and VRM; while a back-plate is included to cover memory chips on the reverse side. Standard G 1/4 BSPP threading is provided. Measuring 17.15 x 11.43 x 1.91 cm (WxDxH), the block weighs about 1.02 kg. Available on Koolance' online store, it is priced at $129.99 a piece.

MSI Readies Liquid-Cooled HD 7970 GHz Edition Lightning Graphics Card

The performance lead that MSI's Radeon HD 7970 Lightning maintained over reference HD 7970 was cut down, first by NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680, and then by AMD's own Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, leaving its engineers to go back to the drawing boards, and design an even faster graphics card. The result: a liquid-cooled HD 7970 GHz Edition Lightning graphics card, which could push clock-speeds up even further. The card ships with a pre-installed full-coverage water-block, made by EK WaterBlocks (EKWB). It comes ready for 6-display Eyefinity, with four mini-DisplayPort and two DVI. Here's hoping one of those is a dual-link DVI. More details are awaited.

Update: We've received word that it's not that MSI has a new product in the works, but that EKWB has a water-block tailored for MSI's existing R7970 Lightning.

Source: Softpedia

Swiftech Launches the Apogee Drive II CPU Water-Block with Integrated Pump

Swiftech today announced the release of the Apogee Drive II, a CPU waterblock featuring an integrated pump. "Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the Apogee Drive II returns to take its place at the helm of Swiftech's CPU waterblock product line and it includes all the latest and greatest technological advancements that we have to offer today" said Gabriel Rouchon Swiftech's Chairman and CTA.

Derived in general concept from the company's Apogee Drive initially released in 2007, the Apogee Drive II much differs from the original in terms of its execution. The original was conceived as a moderate cost unit, using plastic injection molding for its body, the entry-level MCP350 pump and it came with bare essentials. In contrast, the Apogee Drive II is conceived as a luxury vessel: its uses the PWM controlled MCP35X, Swiftech's most powerful pump to date, a precision CNC machined water-block body that lends itself to easy upgrades for future socket form factors, adjustable inlet and outlet ports, a heatsink to further cool the pump, LED illuminated logo in a choice of 3 colors, braided cables, and the company's now famous retention system. The only concession to cost and waste-cutting measure the company made was to not bundle all the retention systems into one SKU, and to make 3 separate product versions.

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