Zotac keeps it cool with the Arcticstorm GeForce GTX 1080 Ti


— 4:28 PM on May 12, 2017

It seems like every manufacturer of high-end graphics cards is partnering with liquid cooling specialists to deliver cards with a pre-installed all-in-one or open-loop liquid cooling hardware. Zotac's Arcticstorm GeForce GTX 1080 Ti takes the world-conquering GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and slaps on a full-coverage, RGB-illuminated water block. Unlike some other vendors, Zotac is not co-branding its übercard, though.

The whole GeForce GTX 1080 Ti gang of 3584 stream processors are along for the ride, in this case with a cruise speed (base clock) of 1506 MHz and a nominal boost clock around 1620 MHz. For reference, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition is clocked at 1480 Mhz and boosts to around 1582 MHz, so at face value, Zotac's specs are pretty conservative for a card cooled by an open-loop water cooling system. The card packs the "standard" arsenal of 11 GB of 11 GT/s GDDR5X memory. The PCB contains what Zotac calls a 16+2-phase power delivery circuit, too.

All those goodies lay beneath a CNC-machined copper full-coverage water block. An array of 0.3-mm microchannels facilitates heat exchange between the block and the circulating fluid. The block is topped off by a pair of standard G1/4" fittings, and Zotac also includes a pair of adapters that convert those threaded fittings into barbs for use with 10-mm-inner-diameter flexible tubing. If a top-of-the-line graphics card with a sleek water block within the confines of a water-cooled custom gaming PC isn't enough eye candy, the block has integrated RGB LED illumination controllable through Zotac's FireStorm utility. The output block consists of three DisplayPorts, one HDMI output, and the DVI-D port that Korean monitor owners know and love.

Zotac didn't offer pricing or availability information, but judging by the price tags on similar offerings, we'd suggest interested gerbils start saving approximately $800—or more, if they don't already have the water pump, tubing, radiator, and reservoir needed to complete a custom open loop.

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