EKWB Intros Water Block For Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1

The GTX 970 might be a great card because of its relatively efficient performance, but that doesn't mean that it isn't fun to overclock the snot out of it. At launch, Gigabyte released its GTX 970 Gaming G1 card, which is a non-reference design with a triple-fan WindForce cooler and a custom PCB design. Of course, you won't be able to fully reap the benefits of that elaborate power delivery circuit using only that cooler, but under water, chances are that you will. For that EKWB offers its EK-FC970 GTX WF3 water block.

The EK-FC970 GTX WF3 is a full-cover block, cooling the memory, VRM circuitry, and the Nvidia GPU. It has a high-flow design, meaning that it can be used in combination with longer, more complex loops, or in loops with weaker pumps. Over the GPU area you'll find a 0.5 mm microchannel structure, which increases the heat transfer between the GPU and the water flowing through the block.

EKWB is manufacturing two versions of the water block – one with an acrylic see-through top and another with a black Acetal top. Both come nickel plated, which protects the copper block underneath the coating from corrosion.

Both variants are available immediately for $137.10, with black and nickel backplates coming soon.

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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • yumri
    This looks nice and i would want to see how far it is able to take it though i am still going with a PNY air cooled 980 just for the stock speed extra preformance and mianly just becuase i can for it is about as much as 2x 970s and doesnt have the SLI problems