Gigabyte has announced the watercooled versions of the RTX cards dubbed the Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme WaterForce WB 8G and Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme WaterForce WB 11G.
The WaterForce cards have been around for a while now and along with MSI’s Sea Hawk, the Corsair Hydro and the EVGA Hybrid give the enthusiast gamer the option to choose from a variety of factory watercooled graphics cards. Gigabyte’s offering seems to be more aggressive with premium parts and a slew of RGB lighting. The waterblock itself incorporates a copper base plate that keeps the GPU, memory, VRM and the MOFSETs cool. With the G 1/4-inch fitting, it should be compatible with most standard water cooling solutions.
On the aesthetics front, the card is built to impress. The backplate is integrated with the MSI Fusion RGB technology and allows for up to 9 different lighting profiles.
Gigabyte has deviated from NVIDIA’s default setup as far as the I/O are concerned. In addition to the three standard DP 1.4 outputs, an HDMI 2.0b port, a VirtualLink connector and two HDMI 2.0b ports have also been added.
The core and memory clocks have also seen an uplift. The Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme WaterForce WB 8G has a 12+2 phase power delivery subsystem and a 1,890MHz core boost clock (90MHz higher than the FE). The memory is also clocked higher at 14,140MHz (140MHz higher than the FE).
The Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme WaterForce WB 11G features an upgraded 16+3 phase power delivery subsystem and an even more impressive core boost clock of 1,770MHz (135MHz higher than the FE). The memory is clocked the same as the 2080 at 14,140 MHz.
The WaterForce cards require two 8-pin connectors to function. There’s no word on the prices and availability at the moment, but Gigabyte is offering a three year warranty on the cards along with an additional one year if they are registered within 30 days of the purchase.
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