Inno3D knows that liquid-cooler hardware is expensive, but it feels that the high-end video adapters based on NVIDIA's GK104 graphics processing unit are worth it.
The company has formally launched the iChill GeForce GTX 680/670 Black Series Accelero Hybrid LCS (liquid cooling system).
It promises to make either card 200% cooler and capable of functioning while producing a ninth of the noise.
The product manages this by virtue of being the first LCS to integrate an active fan specifically meant to cool the RAM chips and VR.
“Traditionally GPU liquid cooling is expensive, complicated and adopted by only the most technical audience, the GPU however is now one of the most power hungry and hottest components you'll find in a high-end PC and will benefit from the iChill liquid cooling system even more than CPUs,” the company says.
Inno3D's iChill GTX 670 LCS comes with 1,344 CUDA cores, a base GPU clock speed of 1,020 MHz, a GPU Boost frequency of 1,071 MHz and 2 GB of GDDR5 (256-bit interface).
The stronger adapter, iChill GTX 680 LCS, has the same memory capacity and interface, but 1536 CUDA cores and higher GPU speed: 1,100 MHz base clock and 1,155 MHz GPU Boost maximum.
Both video controllers possess two DVI ports, a DisplayPort connector and, of course, HDMI. Up to four monitors and/or HDTVs can be connected at once.
According to Inno3D, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 reaches a temperature of 69.9 degrees Celsius when the stock cooler spins at 2,000 RPM (rotations per minute), but only 44 degrees with iChill Black Series Accelero Hybrid (with the fan at the same speed).
Unfortunately, the OEM's enthusiasm was not strong enough to make it slip and provide the price or the ETA (estimated time of arrival). Inno3D just described the cooler as “simple to use, maintenance-free and excellent value for money.”