When we wrote about Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming a little while back, we called it the company's "top-end" offering. At the time, that was true. Now, there's a new kid on the block: the helpfully-named GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Water Cooling. Gigabyte puts this card's GP104 GPU under a closed-loop liquid cooler to let builders choose where to exhaust its waste heat.
This design is different from 'hybrid' liquid coolers—like that found on the R9 295X2 or MSI's Sea Hawk—in that it is a pure liquid cooler without an auxiliary blower fan on the card itself. An LED-lit window on the front of the shroud allows us to see the cooler's copper waterblock, which appears to cover most of the card. Despite the exotic cooling, the new card has similar specifications to the standard Xtreme Gaming card. It has a max boost clock of 1936 MHz in its "OC Mode" and a small memory overclock to 10.21GT/s.
Like the air-cooled GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, this card features a VR Link mode that disables two of the rear panel video ports to enable a pair of internal HDMI ports. These ports can be routed to the rear panel or a special VR Link front panel, although we don't know if that panel is included with this model. We also don't know anything about the pricing of the GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Water Cooled yet. Newegg has the "Premium Pack" GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming including the VR Link front panel for $699, so this card will probably sell for about the same price or for a little more.