MSI teams up with EKWB for SeaHawk EK X GTX 1080 Ti


— 2:30 PM on May 5, 2017

MSI has teamed with Corsair to deliver its SeaHawk line of graphics cards with liquid all-in-coolers pre-installed from the factory. For some, strapping an AIO cooler and the accompanying 120 mm radiator to a range-topping Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is not enough. For these frenzied folks, MSI has worked with EK Water Blocks to release the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SeaHawk EK X, which appears to be an altogether different card with a different PCB and cooler. 

MSI doesn't say so explicitly, but the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SeaHawk EK X appears to be based on the company's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X PCB, rather than the Founders Edition unit found in the "standard" GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SeaHawk card. The give-away is the way the PCB towers over the expansion bracket. Buyers will need a roomy case for the EK X, as the water block stands proud of even the tall PCB. The card measures a beefy 11" long, 6.7" wide, and x 0.87" thick (28 cm x 17 cm x 2.2 cm). That width means the card will need two-and-a-half free PCIe slots along with a pair of eight-pin PCIe power connectors.

As for the cooler, the standard 120 mm AIO gives way to a CNC-machined full-coverage copper water block from the experts at EK. The unit uses standard G1/4 fittings, which should make installing this card about as easy as working with a custom liquid cooling loop can be.

The 3584 stream processors inside the Nvidia GP102 chip come with three different preset modes with base clocks from 1480 to 1569 MHz and boost clocks from 1582 MHz to 1683 MHz. The bottom-rung clocks are identical to Nvidia's reference GeForce GTX 1080 Ti specifications, in case the figures aren't permanently etched into your prefrontal cortex. The lower presets clock the memory at GeForce GTX 1080 Ti "standard" 11 GT/s, though the "OC" preset adds about another 100 MT/s. 

MSI did not provide pricing or availability information, but based on the pricing of the company's GeForce GTX 1080 SeaHawk models, we would expect the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SeaHawk EK X will be more expensive than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SeaHawk with the AIO cooler—the cost of a custom loop aside, of course.

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