EVGA Celebrates Spring With Free Backplate for GTX 970 Cards

Spring is in the air, at least according to the calendar, and EVGA is celebrating this with a bonus backplate when purchasing an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SC or SSC card. I don’t know how they made the connection from spring to backplate, but I’m certainly not going to argue with free stuff.

The two cards that come with a free backplate are the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ (04G-P4-3975-KR) and EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 (04G-P4-2974-KR) graphics cards, and there are a few conditions to get the free backplate. The cards have to be purchased at EVGA’s online store or participating resellers: Micro Center, NewEgg, NCIX, Alternate, and Scan Computers. The offer is valid from the 17th april and ends on the 30th April 2015.

The backplates will automatically be added to your purchase, so there is no trouble with filling out forms in order to get it later. You have to install it to the card yourself, but that’s very easy and instructions will be included. A backplate doesn’t just act as a backbone to your graphics card by boosting rigidity and extra support for the PCB, it also aids in protecting critical components and helps to reduce the GPU temperature. Oh, and it also looks pretty sweet.


Take Your Titan X to the Max with New EK Full Cover Water Block

Nvidia has just released their new and quite impressive Nvidia TITAN X and EK Water Blocks introduced their new Full-Cover water block for the reference design (NVA-PG600) of the GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics card.

The EK-FC Titan X is a full-cover cooler meaning that it directly cools all the vital parts of the graphics cards: the GPU, RAM as well as VRM. Water flows directly over all these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and its VRM to remain stable even when heavy overclocked.

EK-FC Titan X water block features EK’s unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance and it also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, the design offers great hydraulic performance allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems with weaker pumps.

The base is made from electrolytic copper, either bare- or nickel-plated depending on the variant while the top is made of either acrylic- or POM Acetal material. Plexi variants also feature two pre-drilled slots for 3mm LED diodes so you can light it all up and show off even more. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for a safe and painless installation procedure.

EK are also offering a long list of backplates to go along with the new cooler and in a lot of colours. It’s available as normal Black and Nickel versions, but also Blue, Gold, and Red are options to choose from.

The new full cover water blocks should be available now at both the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network starting from €99.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

EK Releases ASUS GTX 970 Strix Full-Cover Water Block

If you have picked up one of the great ASUS Strix GTX 970 Graphics cards, or plan to, you might enjoy the news that EK WB introduced the new Full-Cover water block designed and engineered specifically for ASUS Strix series GTX 970 graphics cards and is called the EK-FC970 GTX Strix.

The new water block has been co-developed with ASUS’ ROG engineering team to achieve the best possible solution to cool the GPU, RAM and VRM as well as allowing the card to remain stable even under high overclocks. The EK-FC970 GTX Strix water block also features EK central inlet split-flow cooling engine which also works flawlessly with reverse water flow and without adversely affecting the cooling performance.

The base is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of either POM Acetal or acrylic. As with all EK WB products, screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for safe and easy installation.

An aesthetic retention backplate will also be available in both black coloured and nickel versions. Not only will it look great but it will also aid to cool the backside of the PCB.

All these water blocks are made in Slovenia, Europe and are readily available for purchase through the EK Webshop and resellers now for an MSRP of €108.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

ASUS Debut GTX 780 Direct CU II OC Graphics Card

It has taken a while for the ASUS Direct CU II OC version of the GTX 780 to hit the market as it wasn’t ready for the GTX 780 launch back in late May, either that or ASUS wanted to have the spotlight all to themselves by releasing it at a later date which is exactly what they have now done. ASUS’s ROG Nordic Facebook Page revealed pictures of the new GTX 780 DC2 OC graphics card which features a dramatically redesigned cooling apparatus.

At the heart of this newly redesigned cooler is four 10mm direct contact copper heat pipes. These feed into a heatsink that has been increased in size and is cooled by a new ASUS CoolTech “360 degree” (we are not quite sure what that means) fan solution. The new ASUS CoolTech fan is something we saw on the Direct CU GTX 670 Mini graphics card, you can see the CoolTech fan demonstration here

Furthermore ASUS have implemented a custom backplate solution and the card uses a 100% custom PCB, ASUS DIGI+ VRM and SAP (Super Alloy Power) components. The GTX 780 core is overclocked to 941MHz boost, up from 900MHz boost at reference clocks. The memory is run at a stock 6008MHz with 3GB of GDDR5 across a 384 bit interface.

There is no pricing or availability yet, just these pictures.

Images courtesy of ASUS ROG Nordic