Update, 10:45am PT, April 4, 2017: Added table of compatible graphics cards.
EVGA recently launched the iCX cooling solution, and evidently, EK Water Blocks thinks it can do better. The water cooling company launched a pair of full-cover GPU blocks to give EVGA’s FTW2 cards the cooling solution they deserve.
EVGA iCX technology offers sophisticated monitoring systems and advanced cooling features, but that doesn’t matter because it’s still an air cooler. If you want to push your card to the maximum, you probably want your GPU cooled by water. (Note: that comparison was made with a 1080 Ti, but we expect the same concept to apply to 1080 cards, too.) And let's face it, EVGA designed the FTW and FTW2 series to push the boundaries of Nvidia GPUs' capabilities.
EK Water Blocks announced the EK-FC1080 GTX FTW2 full-cover GPU water block, which should provide the cooling performance edge needed to push a card like that to its performance limits. The EK-FC1080 GTX FTW2 makes direct contact with the GPU, memory, and voltage regulation modules (VRM), and the channels inside the block direct fluid over all three heat-generating components.
EKWB is offering the EK-FC1080 GTX FTW2 in two variants. You can get the block with clear acrylic top, which features pre-drilled 3mm holes for LED diodes, or with a black Acetal top. Both options include a nickel-plated electrolytic copper base. EKWB didn’t announce a new backplate to go with the new water blocks, but the company said the existing EK-FC1080 GTX FTW Backplates are compatible with the new FTW2 water blocks.
The EK-FC1080 GTX FTW2 is compatible with 10 different EVGA FTW class graphics cards, including GTX 1080 and 1070 models with ACX 3.0, iCX, and Hybrid cooling solutions.
The EK-FC1080 GTX FTW2 water blocks are available now through the EK Webshop and EKWB’s partner reseller network. EKWB is asking $112 for both variants.
|Compatible Graphics Cards|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW DT Gaming ACX 3.0 8GB GDDR5 (08G-P4-6274)|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 8GB GDDR5 (08G-P4-6276)|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW Hybrid Gaming 8GB GDDR5 (08G-P4-6278)|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW2 Gaming iCX 8GB GDDR5X (08G-P4-6676)|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW2 DT Gaming iCX 8GB GDDR5 (08G-P4-6674)|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW DT Gaming ACX 3.0 8GB GDDR5X (08G-P4-6284)|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 8GB GDDR5X (08G-P4-6286)|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid Gaming 8GB GDDR5X (08G-P4-6288)|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 Gaming iCX 8GB GDDR5X (08G-P4-6686)|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 DT Gaming iCX 8GB GDDR5X (08G-P4-6684)|
What am I missing here aside from maybe the benefit of getting a binned card from EVGA prior to water cooling?
Why not just go FE?
I feel what you are saying. But from what I've seen, water-cooling our GPUs can make sense.
But I cannot stomach 100GBP for a cooling block, on an already expenseive card (that looks great too) also. And I'm told I need a second part for the back of the PCB also. Another 30 GBP?
Times all those costs by two as well, given I have 2x 1070 FTWs to equip, me thinks that a single 1080Ti, might be a better prospect, and dump my 1070s on a 'well-known' auction site...?
And furthermore, I never actaully hear my 1070s, not ever. I have to use their tool to force the fans to full just to experience the jet-sound they are capable of. I often see the fans spinning, and even in my open-style P5 case, my 1070s are inaudiable to me, and I'm not deaf...
Maybe if I were to see the water blocks half-price somewhere in future, but who is to say I still own these GPUs by then?
And my mind (money) is squarly-fixed on Skylake-E's offerings as they start to appear over the horizon.....
Perhaps more likely is an EVGA fan who takes advantage of the step-up program, and now they can water cool their FTW card for just a little more.