Gigabytes Waterforce triple GTX 980 graphics card kit needs its own rad

first_imgDuring the last generation of games consoles PC gaming took a bit of a downturn in the graphics department. Console versions came first, meaning the PC ports could always easily run with a mid-range card. However, with the PS4 and Xbox One adopting an x86 architecture, the opportunity to start pushing the graphics on PC is there once more, and Gigabyte has developed a crazy watercooled triple-SLI graphics cards solution to cope.Why do I call this crazy? Because you’ll need a good-sized desktop case in order to support the dedicated radiator case that ships with these cards. What Gigabyte has done is to bundle 3 watercooled, pre-overclocked GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards with an external radiator for cooling. So big is the radiator that it has its own case that sits on top of your PC case. You’ll also lose your top 5.25-inch drive bay because the water pipes need to exit the case and feed into the radiator block.Each graphics card is clocked at 1,228MHz and can GPU boost to 1,329MHz. There’s also 4GB of GDDR5 on each card meaning 12GB total memory running over a 256-bit memory bus. As you’d expect from running three cards, a minimum of a 1200W power supply is required. Gigabyte uses Flex Display tech to automatically detect and display across 4 monitors using a combination of DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections.It seems unlikely you’ll ever need this much graphical processing power for gaming, but it certainly guarantees max settings can be selected for any and all titles for years to come. Other benefits include a relatively clutter-free case interior considering you’ve got 3 graphics cards in there, and quiet operation — although that depends on how quiet the fans in the radiator case are.Gigabyte has named the watercooling solution Waterforce, but given the package the impossible-to-remember name of GV-N980X3WA-4GD. As for price, it hasn’t been announced yet, but seeing as a single GTX 980 card costs around $600, expect it to be more than most PCs cost.last_img read more