Inno3D's latest graphics cards chill Maxwell like a boss

Hot-clocked versions of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 and 980 graphics cards continue to roll out. The latest ones come from Inno3D, which has strapped the Maxwell-based GPUs to a new HerculeZ X4 Air Boss cooler with four fans. The headline writes itself.

Source: Inno3D

The Air Boss cooler combines three fans up front with a 50-mm spinner on the top edge. Five heatpipes snake under the surface, while a metal plate covers the back of the card. Inno3D claims the arrangement lowers circuit board temperatures by 11°C and component temperatures by 15°C.

Although the I/O plate occupies only two slots, the cooler encroaches on a third. The total width isn't listed, but the cards are 4.5" tall and 11.8" long.

Potent cooling allows Inno3D to push the iChill GTX 970 to 1178MHz base and 1329MHz boost, a substantial step up from Nvidia's 1050/1178MHz default frequencies. The iChill GTX 980 is clocked even higher, at 1266/1367MHz, compared to 1126/1216MHz for its stock-clocked counterpart. Both cards have 4GB of GDDR5 memory pumping data at 7.2 GT/s, up slightly from the 7 GT/s default.

Inno3D's press release doesn't detail pricing or availability, so we've asked the company for additional information. We'll update this post when we hear back.

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