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Gigabyte Fits a GTX Titan With WindForce 3X Cooler

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Gigabyte's GeForce GTX Titan is fitted with the company's Windforce 3X Cooler.

Image source: HardwarezoneImage source: HardwarezoneWith the exception of EVGA's overclocked variant showcased at CEBIT, vendors have refrained from modifying the GeForce GTX Titan's reference design. Consequently, it refreshing to see the GV-NITAN-6GD-B, a GTX Titan fitted with a WindForce 3X cooler that is rated for 450 W of heat dissipation.

Hexus.net speculated that although they "weren't entirely sure on the merits of switching out from the elegant [and competent] reference design," a conjectured temperature reduction of 10°C would allow the card to run at higher frequencies and voltages, and it could be worth it for those "looking to push their Titans to the limit."

The card surfaced during a stop on the company's "New Idea" Tech Tour, and though we've yet to see any details on the card's pricing or availability, we expect it to arrive with a $50 to $100 price increase over other reference GTX Titan cards.

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    thehelix , April 8, 2013 1:05 PM
    This thing looks cheap.. IMHO the original cooler makes the product look much more premium.
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    thehelix , April 8, 2013 1:05 PM
    This thing looks cheap.. IMHO the original cooler makes the product look much more premium.
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    athulajp , April 8, 2013 1:09 PM
    If you really wanted to push your titan as much as possible on a more long-term basis, you'd use water-cooling. I know some people are scared off by the concept so I guess this could appeal to them, but this is probably targeting a very niche market(even smaller than titan's target market).
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    chumly , April 8, 2013 1:26 PM
    looks longer.
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    athulajp , April 8, 2013 1:32 PM
    slomo4shoYou would be using liquid helium.

    I said long term, unless you're willing to shell out for a chiller and the power it takes to run one, liquid helium won't work long term.
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    17seconds , April 8, 2013 1:35 PM
    I thought they were going to say that the card would cost less due to all the custom materials used in the reference cooler.
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    olivierhacking , April 8, 2013 1:46 PM
    Just a head's up - it says MSI's GeForce GTX Titan in the subtitle! (should be Gigabyte) :) 
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    royalcrown , April 8, 2013 1:51 PM
    I dunno, the stock titan looks great and doesn't seem all that loud from the vids. I don't get this one...at least when they did it with the 680s it was because it was a bit loud.
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    unknown9122 , April 8, 2013 1:59 PM
    royalcrownI dunno, the stock titan looks great and doesn't seem all that loud from the vids. I don't get this one...at least when they did it with the 680s it was because it was a bit loud.

    I was about to say haha.
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    jasonhappel , April 8, 2013 3:14 PM
    royalcrownI dunno, the stock titan looks great and doesn't seem all that loud from the vids. I don't get this one...at least when they did it with the 680s it was because it was a bit loud.


    Seem's like articles here are full of this stuff lately...
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    lemlo , April 8, 2013 3:25 PM
    I've had 2 windforce cards in the past, gtx 470's to be exact. They are junk. Blades are flimsy and do break, the whole card flexes. If you run them in sli right next to each other the blades make noise due to turbulence and the cards get HOT! This is also when the blades tend to break. Current high end motherboards have the slots separate but not all mobos do. They run fairly cool and quiet separated or single gpu rigs. Not a quality build scheme though.
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    slomo4sho , April 8, 2013 3:57 PM
    athulajpI said long term, unless you're willing to shell out for a chiller and the power it takes to run one, liquid helium won't work long term.


    Considering the rate at which the water cooler can decapitate heat is still dependents on the size of the radiators and the the air flow provided by the fans, the lower temperatures realized is simply due to the higher heat capacity of water. The required amount of energy to raise a water cooling unit is much greater than that of a standard air cooler.

    The rate of heat transfer in the water cooler still relies on the the same variables as the air cooler: difference between ambient temperature and surface temperature (delta T), surface area, and the heat transfer coefficient. A water cooler has the capacity to increase the surface area and the delta T(through increased air flow or simply, due to having greater heat capacity, having a lower temperature at the radiator). The heat transfer coefficient should be equivalent assuming that the air cooler heat sink and the radiator are constructed of the same material.

    However, if you truly want increase the heat transfer rate, it would be better to submerse the radiator in a pool of water(with a current) than simply attaching a fan to transfer the heat to the atmosphere.
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    UVB076 , April 8, 2013 4:04 PM
    They should have gone with the brushed aluminum shroud they had way back.
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    shashindk , April 8, 2013 4:49 PM
    Why even bother with a custom cooler like that? ppl who shelf out that amount of money will proabbly also go for water cooled solution for the card.
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    s3anister , April 8, 2013 4:49 PM
    I so love clicking an image link twice to see it in the exact same resolution as the thumbnail... said nobody ever.
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    Tran Khanh Vinh An , April 8, 2013 5:03 PM
    MSI's GeForce GTX Titan is fitted with the company's Windforce 3X Cooler. MSI lolwut???
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    TheBigTroll , April 8, 2013 5:04 PM
    someone needs to slap a titan with a much better cooler and pcb together. then it would be worth it
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    royalcrown , April 8, 2013 5:09 PM
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    athulajpI said long term, unless you're willing to shell out for a chiller and the power it takes to run one, liquid helium won't work long term.


    Considering the rate at which the water cooler can decapitate heat is still dependents on the size of the radiators and the the air flow provided by the fans, the lower temperatures realized is simply due to the higher heat capacity of water. The required amount of energy to raise a water cooling unit is much greater than that of a standard air cooler.

    The rate of heat transfer in the water cooler still relies on the the same variables as the air cooler: difference between ambient temperature and surface temperature (delta T), surface area, and the heat transfer coefficient. A water cooler has the capacity to increase the surface area and the delta T(through increased air flow or simply, due to having greater heat capacity, having a lower temperature at the radiator). The heat transfer coefficient should be equivalent assuming that the air cooler heat sink and the radiator are constructed of the same material.

    However, if you truly want increase the heat transfer rate, it would be better to submerse the radiator in a pool of water(with a current) than simply attaching a fan to transfer the heat to the atmosphere.


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    someone needs to slap a titan with a much better cooler and pcb together. then it would be worth it


    I am under the impression that the stock cooler is good. If asus did like the did with their DC2 coolers the titan would take up FOUR SLOTS and have dual 140s...lol
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    bobbybamf12 , April 8, 2013 5:36 PM
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    This thing looks cheap.. IMHO the original cooler makes the product look much more premium.

    I agree with you but as long as it performs better then that all that really matters.
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    17seconds , April 8, 2013 5:39 PM
    This is just the beginning of custom Titan's and Titan LE's we are going to see in the coming months. If only one or two would be affordable, then I could get excited. When's that GTX 780 coming out again?
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