NVIDIA has recently launched the GTX 1080 series of next generation GPU. At the same time, EK Water Blocks introduced its new full-cover liquid cooling solution for the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 series graphics cards, based on Pascal GP104 graphics processor.
The new water block comes in four different variations, including two transparent Plexiglas variants (EK- FC1080 GTX and EK-FC1080 GTX – Nickel) and two acetal models (EK-FC1080 GTX – Acetal and EK-FC1080 GTX Acetal+Nickel). Generally, there is no difference in performance between models, and only the aesthetics show some difference. Each model directly cools the GPU, RAM, and VRM (voltage regulation module) as water flows directly over these critical areas, thus allowing the graphics card and its VRM to remain stable under high overclocks.
Every EK water block features a central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance. It works flawlessly with the reverse water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, with its radical design it offers great hydraulic performance and can be used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps.
The base of the new coolers is made from electrolytic copper or nickel-plated electrolytic copper, while the top consists of POM Acetal or acrylic (depending on the model). They all come with pre-installed brass standoffs.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is already considered the fastest single GPU solution on the planet; though if you plan to overclock, water cooling could lift the ceiling.
In order to simplify the search for suitable and compatible water block, EK is adding newly released graphics cards and motherboards from various manufacturers to EK Cooling Configurator database. Compatible graphics cards are also being added to the list on a daily basis. The new water blocks are priced between $111 and $123. Retention backplates, which also cool the memory ICs on the backside of the PCB, will be available for $33 to $42.