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.