Asus held a special event for its ROG sub-brand in Berlin over the weekend to celebrate the beginning of the gaming-focused moniker's second decade. The company showed off a handful of new monitors, networking components, and peripherals, but we're going to focus on graphics cards for now. The highlight of the entire event was the unveiling of Asus' ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a different take on a hybrid-cooled graphics card.
Most graphics card hybrid coolers employ a waterblock to cool the GPU and a standard air cooler for the memory and power delivery systems. The Poseidon's "DirectCU H20 Hybrid" cooler works fine without any liquid, but can deliver better performance when plumbed into a custom loop by way of the G1/4 fittings. The card appears to offer gamers the ability to move between a custom-loop-equipped home gaming rig to a more compact machine for LAN party gaming. We suspect the price for this flexibility may be slightly compromised cooling performance in either mode when compared to dedicated air or liquid coolers, but the idea has potential, nonetheless.
The cooler is adorned with Asus' Aura RGB LED illumination and a pair of the company's Wing-Blade IP5X-certified fans. Asus says the fans'dust resistance endows them with longer-than-normal lifespan. That durability is likely extended further by their ability to spin down completely when the card's temperature is below 131° F (55° C). The card also sports a pair of headers that can control additional system fans in response to graphics card temperatures, using either DC or PWM.
Asus isn't talking about clock speeds, pricing, or availability for the ROG Poseidon GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. The company did provide some new information about the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti OC graphics card that we first posted about earlier this month. The Strix will have 1569 MHz base and 1683 MHz boost core clock speeds in its default "Gaming" mode. For reference, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition has a core base clock of 1408 MHz and 1582 MHz when boosting.