Zotac’s liquid cooled GeForce GTX 1080 gives Pascal a chilly reception

If you like the idea of water cooling your graphics card but not the thought of swapping out the existing heatsink, Zotac has gone and done the dirty work for you with its new GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm. All you have to do is plug the card in and connect the standard G1/4-inch threading fittings to your liquid cooling loop.

In place of an air cooler is a full body ArcticStorm waterblock. It's made of lightweight aluminum and uses a direct contact copper cold plate. Right above it sits a 0.3mm micro-channel structure to allow for more contact area with the liquid inside the block for better heat dissipation.

The use of G1/4-inch threads gives the ArcticStorm a high compatibility rate with third-party liquid cooling setups. It also comes with a pair of 3/8-inch fittings 

Despite the full body waterblock, Zotac didn't overclock the card much at the factory—it sports 1,632MHz base and 1,771MHz boost clocks, up from Nvidia's reference blueprint of 1,607MHz base and 1,733MHz boost clocks. Hey, at least it's something.

Zotac brings even more attention to the card with RGB LEDs that are part of its Spectra LED lighting system, which you can customize and control using Zotac's FireStorm software.

There's no word yet on pricing for availability.

Paul Lilly

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).