Gigabyte Announces New GTX 980 WATERFORCE With Superior Overclocking Capabilities
Gigabyte has announced a new variation of the GeForce GTX 980, the water cooled WATERFORCE graphics card. The card is all ready to plug in and start using right out of the box due to the integrated closed-loop liquid cooler.
In addition to the liquid cooling, the card also features Gigabyte’s usual GPU Gauntlet Sorting ensuring that each card has a binned GTX 980 core for better overclocking capabilities and performance.
Aiming to fulfill the needs of not only hardcore gamers but also overclocking enthusiasts, the GTX 980 WATERFORCE allows for more overclocking headroom than typical GPUs as well as higher stable clock speeds under heavy load.
The cooling system for the GTX 980 WATERFORCE begins with a full-coverage block that cools the GPU, RAM, power delivery, without the need for any additional fan for board components. The tubes carrying liquid to the radiator are 45 cm SFP, which Gigabyte says “effectively prevent…leak(s) and fare a lower coolant evaporation rate”, and the system is connected to a 120 mm radiator.
Even with these capabilities and cooling power, both the fan and pump offer low noise output and the cooling system is supposedly capable of keeping the GPU up to 38.8% cooler than reference coolers.
The WATERFORCE card also features two DVI outputs (reference is one dual-link output) in addition to the standard three DisplayPort 1.2 and single HDMI 2.0 outputs of a GTX 980. No pricing or release date for the graphics card is available as of yet.