Asus launches liquid-cooled GeForce 8800 GTX

— 3:48 PM on February 7, 2007

Asus EN8800GTX AquaTank. Source: Asus.
Last summer, Sapphire released a Radeon X1900 XTX graphics card outfitted with a liquid cooling module derived from Thermaltake's Tide Water. (The Tide Water is an all-in-one liquid cooler that slips into a PCI slot and dissipates heat from the graphics card via a water block and a fan that blows air out of the case.)

The folks at Asus apparently thought this was a pretty good idea, because they've decided to introduce a GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card that seems to include an unmodified Tide Water module. The card, which Asus baptized EN8800GTX AquaTank/HTDP/768M, is factory "overclocked" from the stock 575MHz core clock, 1350MHz shader clock, and 900MHz memory clock to an impressive 630MHz/1458MHz/1030MHz.

Despite these higher-than-stock speeds, Asus says the card's liquid cooler helps it run 12°C cooler than generic GeForce 8800 GTX models. The EN8800GTX AquaTank/HTDP/768M takes up four PCI/PCI Express slots, though, so enthusiasts might have to sacrifice their sound card or other adapters for the privilege.

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