Zotac and Thermaltake join forces for a liquid-cooled GTX 1080


— 9:47 AM on October 25, 2016

The name of Zotac's new card can almost stand in as the news' the lede: GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm Thermaltake 10 Year Anniversary Edition. The company is celebrating its tenth anniversary by releasing a top-of-the-line GTX 1080 with a full-coverage water block from Thermaltake. While those two companies are known for flashy colors and flamboyant styling, this card has a subtle shades-of-gray aesthetic. The card's name may be long-winded, but the card itself is liquid-cooled and has no fans of its own.

The cooler is the card's main attraction. Thermaltake blesses the card with an all-copper full-coverage water block with 0.6-mm "micro-channel" construction. Buyers must plumb the card into the rest of a custom open loop cooling system via a pair of standard G1/4 fittings. The water block is paired with a metal backplate, and the whole package is topped off with RGB lighting with eight brightness levels and four different effects. Lighting is controlled through Zotac's FireStorm utility.

The Anniversary Edition card's GPU packs the now-familiar complement of 2,560 stream processors 8GB of GDDR5X memory running at 10GT/s. Two BIOS chips are better than one, so Zotac dropped a pair on this card. One BIOS commands the GPU to a 1657 MHz base clock and 1797 MHz boost clock. The second BIOS is a little more relaxed, gently requesting 1632 MHz base and 1771 MHz boost clocks.

The card's PCB also ups the ante compared to a "plain-jane" GTX 1080 with a 16-phase power delivery section. The back of the card sports the standard GTX 1080 port cluster: three DP 1.4 ports, an HDMI 2.0 jack, and one dual-link DVI-D connector. Zotac didn't say how much the card will cost, but we wager buyers should expect to pay a pretty penny for it.

 
   
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