Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm is ready to go under water

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 impressed us with its performance, but we thought that most users would prefer the price and heatsink of a non-reference design. Third-party options have since become available, but gamers looking for a GTX 1080 to hook up to their custom liquid-cooling loops haven't had too many options to choose from thus far. Today, Zotac announced a new card to fill that gap: the GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm.

The GTX 1080 ArcticStorm is a 11.8" or 300-mm-long, two-slot graphics card. Like Nvidia's Founder's Edition GTX 1080, it has three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, one HDMI 2.0b port, and one dual-link DVI port. A metal wraparound backplate keeps the card from bending. The GPU doesn't feature much of an overclock out of the box. Zotac advertises a 1632 MHz base and a 1771 MHz boost clock, which is a modest bump over Nvidia's reference design. That's not a big deal, however, becase folks putting this card in their systems will no doubt have adequate thermal headroom to push the GP104 chip to its limits.

To keep the GTX 1080's temperatures down, Zotac attached its ArcticStorm liquid cooling waterblock. The block has a copper base constructed with surface-area-boosting microchannels for more effective heat transfer.  Zotac provides 3/8" fittings in the box, but users will of course need to purchase the rest of their own custom loop system separately. The card hasn't yet appeared in online retailers, nor has Zotac released pricing information yet.

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    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    Oh man. I had to click on that MSI RX [s<]480[/s<] 460 article posted here just yesterday. Not exaggerating -- looking at it and many other of those 'powerful and thrilling' designs from the Taiwanese Big Three really makes my head hurt. It's a good thing you put your graphics card inside your enclosure and forget about it. And even with a transparent side panel no one really stares at their rig's innards for very long. Well, maybe during the first week or so but after that people just forget about it. Aegis, Republic of Gamerz... Good grief! Did they just hire designers from Lexus?

      • albundy
      • 4 years ago

      it’s why i have a rig in an old school steel 4U rack mounted in my closet. i dont need to look at it anymore. there’s just no point to a plastic cases or many wires for that matter. It’s so nice and quiet using it as an HTPC these days in another room in front of a big tv and wireless peripherals vs back in the day when I had several case fans roaring next to my bed and a 13″ AST CRT with a piercing high pitch/frequency noise on my desk.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    It’s yellow.
    And it’s supposed to go underwater.

    I think I know who wrote the [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vefJAtG-ZKI<]soundtrack[/url<] for this product.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 4 years ago

      I should have known not to click….

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Without clicking on your link, I got a hunch you’re talking about 4 men.

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    That’s one pretty card, and the first to embark on such design language.

    Take down notes, Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, I’m really surprised at how classy that looks.

      • spiritwalker2222
      • 4 years ago

      Why don’t they have any real photos? Instead of the 3D renderings.

        • Chrispy_
        • 4 years ago

        There’s a difference between announcing a forthcoming product, and having a completed product that you can take photos of in the flesh.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        This is a 3D card, in more ways than one.

      • Chrispy_
      • 4 years ago

      Notice how the white lines and yellow stripes are at the same angle as the vent holes drilled cut into the backplate.

      Someone at Zotac understands aesthetic consistency; Put him in charge of more stuff!

      • cynan
      • 4 years ago

      Oh come on. Nobody’s buying it.

      Y’all are chompin at the bit, salivating in anticipation for MSI to release their [url=https://techreport.com/news/30455/msi-aegis-ti-wraps-up-slied-gtx-1080s-in-an-aggressive-shell<]Aegis[/url<] (a.k.a. "Transformers on Acid") Edition.

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