Inno3D GTX 980Ti iChill Black Graphics Card Review

Introduction


Closed-loop liquid coolers have become extremely popular in the CPU market due to the cleaner build, and greater space around the CPU socket compared to traditional air cooling hardware. This means you can install an all in one liquid cooler without having to make concessions in terms of memory compatibility or worry too much about your motherboard’s PCI-E arrangement. As you might expect, all in one liquid coolers have progressively moved into the GPU sector to offer improved overclocking headroom and a lower noise output. There are some interesting parallels between CPU and GPU all in one liquid cooling though which needs to be addressed.

Firstly, many air coolers like the Noctua NH-D15 can outperform Asetek units, while being much quieter. It’s a similar picture with graphics cards because proficient air cooling setups including the Gigabyte Windforce X3 and Sapphire Tri-X provide a superb noise to performance ratio. Liquid cooled graphics cards have a price premium and involve a more complicated installation process. It’s important to remember that Maxwell is a very mature and efficient architecture which allows vendors to enable a 0dB idle fan mode. Despite my own qualms about closed-loop liquid cooling, it’s fantastic to see products which cater to a different target market. There’s clearly a demand for pre-assembled liquid cooled graphics cards, and their appeal is bound to grow in the next few years.

Today, we’re taking a look at the Inno3D GTX 980Ti iChill Black which utilizes a very powerful hybrid cooling solution. The GPU incorporates a traditional fan which only switches on during heavy load, in addition to a 120mm fan/radiator combination. The Arctic Cooling radiator fan is constantly on but has a very low RPM curve to maintain silent running. This impeccable hardware allows for an impressive core clock of 1203MHz and default boost reaching 1304MHz. The memory has also been increased to 7280MHz. As you can see from the chart below, this isn’t the greatest configuration we’ve encountered from the factory, but it’s exceedingly fast and should be a top performer. It will be fascinating to contrast this graphics card with the marvellous Inno3D GTX 980Ti X3 Ultra DHS which opts for a hefty air cooling design.

Specifications:

Packing and Accessories

The Inno3D GTX 980 Ti iChill Black comes in a huge box to properly house the closed loop cooler’s tubing and protect against leaks during shipping. Honestly, the picture doesn’t provide an accurate depiction of the packaging’s size. I have to commend Inno3D because they have taken the precautionary steps to reduce the possibility of damage occurring and utilized strong foam inserts as cushioning materials. The box itself features an attractive render of the GPU, and outlines its specification.

On the rear portion, there’s a brief synopsis of NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture. I’m a bit surprised to see the back doesn’t contain any information about the liquid cooling solution and the acoustical benefits compared to NVIDIA’s reference cooler.

In terms of accessories, the graphics card is bundled with mounting screws, 6-pin PCI-E to molex adapter, case badge, DVI-D to VGA adapter and installation guide. There’s also a driver’s disk which you should disregard, a copy of 3DMark, and other documentation. This is a great selection of items and provides everything you need to get started! The mouse mat is surprisingly high-quality and relatively thick.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 980Ti X3 Ultra DHS Graphics Card Review

Introduction


NVIDIA’s GTX 980Ti has proved to be a very popular choice among hardware enthusiasts requiring extreme performance at demanding resolutions. Whether you’re opting for a 21:9 3440×1440 60Hz panel, 4K display or high refresh rate 1440P monitor, there’s very few single card configurations on the market capable of dealing with advanced AA, complex tessellation and other visually taxing effects while driving a large number of pixels. Technically, the Titan X is NVIDIA’s flagship product and its 12GB frame buffer initially appears like an enticing proposition. However, the price to performance ratio is quite poor especially when you consider the 980Ti is based on the same GM200 silicone and only exhibits a few cost saving measures. Most notably, the video memory is reduced from 12GB to 6GB and the shader units have been slightly scaled back from 3072 to 2816.

Barring a few exceptions, the majority of Titan X models utilize a reference design which results in reduced overclocking headroom and higher temperatures. In contrast to this, custom cooled GTX 980Ti SKUs feature very impressive factory overclocks and enable users to access a higher power limit percentage when tackling manual core and memory boosts. As a result, it’s not uncommon for 980Ti GPUs to outperform the Titan X in certain scenarios despite costing £300-400 less. This means it is the perfect choice for the higher end demographic and also provides an improved price to performance ratio.

Today we’re looking at one of the fastest GTX 980 Ti models on the market incorporating a pre-overclocked core of 1216MHz and boost reaching 1317MHz. Additionally, the memory is set at 7280MHz compared to 7010MHz on the reference design. Given the impeccable 3-fan cooling solution, and impressive factory overclock, I expect the graphics card to perform superbly and pull away from the reference 980Ti by a noticeable margin.

Specifications:

Packing and Accessories

The Inno3D 980Ti X3 Ultra DHS is packaged in a hefty box which does an excellent job of protecting the GPU, and bundled accessories. On another note, the box adopts a really striking design which emphasizes the extreme level of performance on offer.

The opposite side includes a brief synopsis of the GPU’s capabilities and outlines the modern features incorporated into this particular model such as High Dynamic Range (HDR).

In terms of accessories, the product comes with interchangeable cover plates, an installation guide, 3DMark digital code, power supply guidelines, driver disk, and the usual array of adapters. Please note, the 3DMark code is not pictured to prevent the serial from being used.

Another highlight is the extremely high quality elongated mouse pad. I love extended mouse pads because they allow you to neatly position your keyboard and mouse while opting for a clean, sophisticated appearance. Despite being a free addition, the mouse pad is remarkably thick and should last a long time without becoming too frayed.

NVIDIA GTX 950 SLI Graphics Card Review

Introduction


Here at eTeknix, we strive to give the consumer the best possible advice in every aspect of technology. Today is no different as we bring you the SLI review of the latest budget pleaser from NVIDIA, the GeFoce GTX 950.

The NVIDIA GTX 950 is the newest card to be released based on the Maxwell architecture and aimed to bring solid 1080p performance for under £150. Sub vendors went completely nuts with this card and produced some simply great options that have put the squeeze on AMD in the budget gaming segment.

Now we don’t really ever consider low-end options for SLI for cost effectiveness reasons, but some consumers may only have £150 now and £150 next month and want to play straight away.

Because I had the choice of three different cards, the smart move would be to test the two most powerful options, the Inno3D iChill GTX 950 and MSI Gaming GTX 950. These both can be purchased for under £140 each through a wide range of retailers and work extremely well together. However, a matching set would give the best possible performance as the computer wouldn’t need to throttle one card to match the others performance.

That’s enough of an introduction, let’s find out how well this compact duo performs in the real world.

Inno3D Reveals iChill GeForce GTX 950

Hong-Kong-based PC hardware manufacturer Inno3D has unveiled its new custom-designed NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 graphics card, branded the iChill GeForce GTX 950. The custom card has a revised PCB and a 4-phase VRM, powered by a 6-pin PCIe connector.

The iChill GTX 950 boasts factory-overclocked speeds of 1178MHz core and 1329MHz GPU Boost, with 6.80GHz (GDDR5-effective 2GB 128-bit) memory. For comparison, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 has reference speeds of 1024MHz core, 1188MHz Boost, and 6.6GHz memory.

Cooling for Inno3D’s GTX 950 is handled by a monolithic aluminium heatsink, with GPU die contact being made by a copper core, and is ventilated by two 80mm “HerculeZ” fan units suspended on a metal cooler shroud. The shroud is detachable via unfastening thumb-screws that connect it to the heatsink, allowing for easy cleaning.

Video out ports include a DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, and DL-DVI-I.

Inno3D is yet to reveal the release date or the retail price of the iChill GTX 950, but expect it soon, and it is likely to fall within the £150-£200 price range. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 was released last week to strong reviews; we highlighted the Inno3D iChill custom in particular as the strongest in the GTX 950 range.

Thank you TechPowerUp and Inno3D for providing us with this information.

Nvidia GTX 950 Round-Up Review: Three Cards Go Head to Head

Introduction


With all of the hype surrounding the GTX 900 series recently, it has been hard to imagine what the lower end of the graphics card market would hold for the refined Maxwell architecture. We originally saw Maxwell in the mighty GTX 750Ti, but it was only when the GTX 900 series was released that we received the Maxwell that we know today. Our reviews and news have focused heavily on the GTX 980Ti and Titan X graphics cards, so information on the GTX 950 has been scarce to say the least; that is about to change. In today’s review, there is not one, not two but three GTX 950’s in for punishment; the ASUS STRIX GTX 950 2GB, Inno3D iChill AIRBOSS ULTRA GTX 950 2GB and the MSI GAMING GTX 950 2GB.

The GTX 950 is hot off the manufacturing line and features some lack-luster, but pokey specifications; knowing NVIDIA, less is more and we should see a stormer of a graphics card here regardless. Most of the options will feature 2GB of VRAM due to the product placement, but we will see some 4GB models which should make for a very capable SLI configuration for not a great deal of money. So with a price tag of around £120 depending on the manufacturer, performance isn’t going to be outstanding compared to the bigger options. However, the estimated performance and price tag makes this an extremely attractive option for 1080p and online gamers. Personally, I feel that this GTX 950 will be the final piece in the puzzle for NVIDIA; it will then have a great graphics option at almost every price point.

Now just because the GTX 950 is aimed at the lower price market, do not assume that you are not getting the full NVIDIA treatment. As with almost every NVIDIA GPU you will get the following:

  • NVIDIA Surround
  • NVIDIA SLI
  • GPU Boost 2.0
  • NVIDIA G-Sync
  • DX12 Support

The GM206 GPU core makes its second appearance here since the GTX 960 options; however, it seems to have had a shave to bring the performance down. Would this be enough or will we see another Titan X and GTX 980Ti scenario here, let’s find out shall we.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB SLi Review

Introduction


Here at eTeknix, we strive to give the consumer the best possible advice in every aspect of technology. Today is no different, as we are extremely excited to bring you the Sli review of the recently released NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti. We all know the story behind the 980Ti, taken almost directly from the Titan X with slightly fewer cores and half the VRAM, but it still performs within 5%. NVIDIA has done something right with this card, something very, very right thanks to the recent price drops which see the reference design for sale at around £500.

In the test bench today, we have the more recently released MSI Gaming and Inno3D iChill x3 Ultra versions of the card. These were great advancements over the reference card and added in custom cooling designs; which is something that consumers miss with the vast majority of Titan X graphics cards.

We already know the performance is greatly increased with these new additions, but what about when we add them together in possibly the greatest two-way card/ GPU configuration of all time?

A quick overview of the cards shows us that they are more than capable of keeping cool when in Sli, so placement isn’t a huge issue. However, the Inno3D card is wider at 3 slots; so that was placed as the second card.

Inno3D iChill X3 Ultra GeForce GTX 980Ti Graphics Card Review

Introduction and Packaging


The GTX 980Ti, the card that has taken the world by storm, is finally to have manufacturers install their own custom cooling solutions. Since the launch of the GTX 980Ti, it has been adored the world over by enthusiasts of both AMD and NVIDIA. Based on a cut-down version of the GM200 GPU found in the Titan X, the GTX 980Ti seemed like it would lag behind the Titan X by around 10%, however, that never was the case. This graphics card pretty much dethroned the Titan X overnight thanks to the sub-vendors ability to customise the cooling designs and huge price difference.

Today in the test bench is the Inno3D iChill x3 Ultra GTX 980Ti. This card is an absolute monster, measuring 300mm long and 3 slots wide; it’s not for the small case. We know that the GTX 980Ti is a great card, but Inno3D has taken the reference PCB to a whole new level with upgraded components. Fitted to this card is the renowned iChill Ultra x3 Airboss cooling design, which is completely modular and covered by warranty to take apart and clean; assuming you don’t take off the heat sink.

We already know that the GTX 980Ti has outstanding performance, but let’s see if Inno3D has added to the performance in today’s review.


The outer box is very plain, with minimal branding. On the right side is what you can find inside the box.

The rear of the box is very generic, multiple languages stating the features.

The inner box is of strong construction with just the iChill logo on top and Inno3D logo on the base.

Accessories include 1x 3Dmark licence, 1x mouse mat, 1x Molex to 6-pin adapter, 1x VGA to DVI connector, 1x iChill case badge, 1x power supply guideline leaflet, 1x quick installation manual and 1x driver disc.

Inno3D Announces iChill GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970

Inno3D announced their new iChill Black Series Accelero Hybrid S graphics cards with a hybrid air and liquid cooling based on the GTX 980 and GTX 970. The all-in-one solution has a 200% the cooling performance of the stock cooler while operating 9 times quieter.

The liquid cooler takes care of the GPU and comes with a 120mm fan for the radiator while an active fan cools the RAM and VRM on the card itself. Hassle free liquid cooling for your graphics cards, something more and more people are looking for. Inno3d’s new cards also come with an aesthetic black back-plate and also support multi-SLI setups with its two headers.

iChill Black GeForce GTX 980 Specs:

  • CUDA cores: 2048
  • Base Clock (MHz): 1304
  • Boost Clock (MHz): 1418
  • Memory Clock (MHz): 7280
  • Memory Size (MB): 4096
  • Memory Type: GDDR5
  • Memory Interface Width: 256-bit

iChill Black GeForce GTX 970 Specs:

  • CUDA cores: 1664
  • Base Clock (MHz): 1228
  • Boost Clock (MHz): 1329
  • Memory Clock (MHz): 7280
  • Memory Size (MB): 4096
  • Memory Type: GDDR5
  • Memory Interface Width: 256-bit

Thanks to Inno3d for providing us with this information

iChill GeForce GTX 970, GTX 980 ACCELERO HYBRID S GPUs Teased From Inno3D

It looks like Inno3D is about to return with its Inno3D iChill series, a duo of graphics cards based around NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 GPUs. The new cards will feature the Accelero Hybrid S cooling system.

This makes the upcoming iChill GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 cards like the stock AMD Radeon R9 295X2, where it comes with its own AOI cooling system. The Inno3D iChill Hybrid S cards will reportedly offer up to 200% the cooling performance over reference models, which are already pretty tame cards. The company isn’t providing any more details on its new cards, but they will be available next month.

For a closer look at what we can expect, the above shot is of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX TITAN GPU, with the Accelero Hybrid cooler attached.

Source: VideoCardz.com

Inno3D HerculeZ X4 GeForce GTX 980 Revealed

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 is everywhere this week and while we’ve already seen some very impressive cards hit the market, the latest one from Inno3D still manages to stand out from the crowd.

The most immediately noticeable feature of this card is its unique cooler; the HerculeZ X4. The cooler features a very aggressive design that is no doubt targeted at the gaming market, but most importantly it also features four fans for extreme cooling performance. The three primary fans feature 15 scythe blades with custom Herculez bearings, these are complimented with an extra 50mm silent fan on the side of the card.

The whole card has been reinforced for durability with a support bar that runs through the interior of the card, 12mm casing surrounding the fans, removable fan and fan mounts for easy maintenance, 118pcs aluminium fin array, 3 x 6mm heatpipe, 2 x 8mm high heat flux heatpipe and a full PCB HerculeZ Backplate II attachment.

The card comes with all of the other benefits of Nvidia’s new graphics hardware, including 2048 CUDA cores, a 1228 GPU and 1329 GPU Boost clocks, 4GB of GDDR5 HDMI, Dual Link DVI and 3 x Display Port.

Price is currently unknown, but expect to pay a big premium on top of the stock GTX 980 for the sizeable cooling solution and durable build quality.

Thank you Inno3D for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Inno3D.

Inno3D Teasing New Nvidia GTX 980

There’s just over a week to go until Nvidia officially release their new flagship GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards, and manufacturers have begun teasing their new creations prior to the launch to build up some hype about their new hardware.

Inno3D posted an image on their Facebook page (see above) teasing their new card. We know that it’s the GTX 980 as it says “10” over the card and was posted just ten days before the GTX 780 launch, doesn’t take a scientist to work that one out.

In the picture you can see a black card with red trim and based on previous leaks and rumours we also suspect that this card will feature a triple slot cooler design, which will put the card into the iChill Ice Dragon series. The card will also feature two six-pin PCI-Express power connectors and will no doubt be heavily factory overclocked to justify the need for a triple slot cooler.

Expect eTeknix to have a variety of GTX 900 series cards for review when launch day arrives, so be sure to check back then.

Nvidia GeForce GT 740 Gets Tested, Launch Imminent

Another day and another graphics card, this time its Nvidia who are about to release a new graphics card. The Nvidia GeForce GT 740 is the graphics card in question and it is rumoured to be based on the GK107 GPU that also powered the GTX 650. The GK107-425 GPU is configured with 384 CUDA cores, 32 texture mapping units (TMUs), 16 render output units (ROPs) and 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM on a 128 bit memory interface. The clock speeds of the reference design are to be 993 MHz on the core and 5000MHz on the memory making the GT 740 marginally slower than the GTX 650.  The GT 740 has a 64W TDP and will probably require a 6 pin like the GTX 650 did. For reference the GTX 650 is physically identical but has a core clock of 1058 MHz and a memory clock of 5GHz.

Below you can see slides of the performance of the Nvidia GT 740 and the non-reference Inno3D iChill GT 740 pictured above. As you can see the GTX 650 narrowly edges out the reference GT 740 but the non-reference GT 740 is able to jump past the GTX 650 thanks to the factory overclock of 1100MHz core and 5200MHz memory. WCCFTech claim that the pricing of the GT 740 will likely be in the $90-100 region. Given that the GTX 750 Ti replaced the GTX 650 Ti and GTX 650 Ti Boost I think we can assume the GT 740 will make either the GTX 650 or the GT 640 EOL (End of Life) products.

Source: Chiphell, Via: TechPowerUp

Images courtesy of Chiphell

Inno3D GeForce GTX Titan Z HerculeZ Edition Coming Soon

Nvidia’s green-light program has been preventing manufacturers from altering the designs of the latest Nvidia hardware, they did the same thing on all their recent high-end cards, including the GeForce GTX 690, GTX Titan and the Titan Black Edition graphics cards. Now it looks like the same set of rules is set to be in place on the upcoming Titan Z graphics card. Fortunately there are some simple loop-holes in this system, it just means you’re going to have to get your screwdriver kit and mod the card yourself.

Inno3D’s HerculeZ cooler set to tame the beast that is the Titan Z and while we have no figures on performance, we suspect that Inno3D wouldn’t be going through all of this trouble to decrease the cooling performance of the graphics card. We suspect that Inno3D will ship the new cooler alongside the GPU, much in the same way that EVGA bundled their ACX cooler with the Titan Black, and Gigabyte bundled their Windforce Cooler with the Titan. This bundled deal does mean that you have to do some work and install the new cooler yourself, something not everyone is going to be comfortable with, especially given how these cards could cost around $3000.

The new cooler features an array of aluminium fins, with two contact surfaces that cater to the two GK110 cores of the card. There are 10 thick heat pipes in total, five for each GPU core and there is room for three PWM controlled fans (100mm/92mm/100mm).

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of WCCFTech.

Inno3D Introduce GeForce GTX 780Ti iChill DHS 3072MB Graphics Card

Equipped with all new voltage management, including 3 rail PWMs with load balancing, the GTX 780Ti iChill DHS can deliver an insane core overclock of over 1300MHz. Backed up by 3GB of VRAM and a 384-bit interface means that even the latest DX11 gaming are delivered to your monitor in their full cinematic glory. Out performing the GTX Titan Black without breaking a sweat, the GTX 780Ti iChill DHS is a true powerhouse of a graphics card.

The DHS-Edition with its bombastic Triple-Fan-Cooler “Herculez X3 Ultra” is a true High-End-Device that not even the GTX Titan Black can beat. The abbreviation DHS (Double Hand Selected) in this case makes clear that already pre-selected Chips for the Graphics Card have been hand picked yet another time. There is no way of getting more quality and performance. Recommended only for Extreme Gamers! Exclusively available at Overclockers UK.

NVIDIA’s latest Geforce 780Ti takes the fight right to the competition in the battle for current worlds fastest single GPU. Packing a fully enabled GK110 GPU with a whopping 2880 cuda cores this card has huge amounts of processing power to enable it to power through any game. Infact the 780 Ti is so impressive, it’s not just cheaper than TITAN, it beats it in performance and takes the crown as the Best Gaming GPU on the Planet.

NVIDIA are supporting the overclocking community even further with an advanced three rail PWM with load balancing, whereas older GTX 780 and Titan pulled all their power through three rails, they did not load balance. 780Ti’s new PWM means it can source power from three sources and load balance resulting in the same amount of power from each rail, allowing for more superior overclocks and stability. Here at Overclockers UK we tested this and where we found Titans would top out at 1100-1150MHz core, whereas the 780Ti was able to hit 1200-1300Mhz core over and over again, proving this new PWM not only offers efficiency and stability, but also great overclocking ability. When overclocked this cards performance can be increased by upto a further 30%, making it a truly unstoppable force.

The card is exclusively available at Overclockers UK for £619.99.

Inno3D Reveal Their GTX 780 Ti Ice Dragon Black Gold Edition

According to a report from Expertview.com, Inno3D is working on a very impressive custom designed Geforce GTX 780 Ti graphics card, the GTX 780 Ti iChill Black Edition. As expected, the Inno3D GTX 780 Ti iChill Black Edition features a custom design as well as Arctic’s Accelero Hybrid water cooling setup.

Although the new Inno3D GTX 780 Ti iChill Black Edition specifications are yet to be finalized, according to Expreview.com, Inno3D is aiming at 1060MHz for the GPU and 7280MHz for 3GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 384-bit memory interface. Unfortunately, it is still not clear if the aforementioned GPU clock is the Base clock or the GPU Boost clock.

Currently, the Inno3D GTX 780 iChill Black Edition is scheduled to come after Chinese New Year on 31st of January, so it is safe to say that we will see it on retail/e-tail shelves in February next year.

Thank you Fudzilla for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Expertview.com

Inno3D Reveal iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra VGA Cooling Kit

Inno3D have just unveiled their newest VGA cooling kit which forms their “iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra” VGA cooler. The cooler features 11 scythe blades on each of the three 90mm fans as well as five large heat pipes, 6mm as far as I can tell.

The fans casing and blades are removable for easy cleaning of the unit. Interestingly the unit adds a backplate for improved rigidity and stability.

The unit promises to shave 21 degrees off full load and 7 degrees off idle compared to the reference cooling solution. It is not known if the kit will be available to purchase as a standalone product, whether it will be bundled with Inno3D graphics cards or will come pre-fitted to Inno3D graphics cards. Inno3D could follow a similar move to Gigabyte and bundle the cooler with Nvidia’s GTX Titan because they aren’t allowed to modify the cooling design.

Images courtesy of Inno3D

Inno3D Reveal A Pair Of Overclocked GTX 780s

Inno3D has expanded its GTX 780 line up with a pair of custom-cooled GTX 780s. The first of these is the iChill Black GTX 780 Accelero Hybrid which essentially combines Nvidia’s reference GTX 780 PCB with Arctic’s Accelero Hybrid VGA cooler. This allows the card to essentially use AIO liquid cooling to cool the GPU while the smaller fan on the cards outer shroud cools VRM and VRAM. The card features no backplate on the rear side as the rear side lacks additional components. The card uses a dual slot design and features out of the box overclocks to 1020MHz core, 1059MHz Boost and 6280MHz memory up from reference speeds of 868/900/6008MHz. 

The second card is the iChill GTX 780 HerculeZ 3000 X3 Ultra which features Inno3D’s rather large HerculeZ 3000 VGA cooling solution which uses a trio of 90mm fans and a huge heatsink that overhangs the GTX 780 PCB. This ships with overclocked speeds of 1006MHz core, 1046MHz boost and 6200MHz memory up from Nvidia reference speeds. Neither cards have pricing or availability details revealed but think GTX 780 prices and then add about 20 to 25%. Inno3D is claiming that both these cards are faster than a GTX Titan

Images courtesy of Inno3D

Inno3D Announce GTX 760 iChill HerculeZ 3000

Inno3D’s iChill HerculeZ 3000 series of graphics cards is something of a Dark Horse when it comes to the graphics card market. They actually offer up some of the best overclockability and performance of any custom cards yet fail to generate a lot of attention because they don’t have the prestige of brands like ASUS and EVGA. This iChill HerculeZ 3000 graphics card uses a Nvidia GTX 760 GPU powered by a 7 phase VRM with an 8 layer PCB. The cooling solution is a triple fan design with what appears to be two 70mm fans and one 80mm fan. It uses five heat pipes and a dense aluminium heatsink all encased in a die-cast metal shroud.

On the back there is a backplate for additional cooling. Clock speeds are raised to 1060/1124/6200MHz (core/turbo/memory) from Nvidia reference of 980/1033/6000MHz. The fans are removable along with the shroud allowing for easy cleaning and maintenance of the graphics card. Global availability wasn’t disclosed by Inno3D but this card will cost 1799RMB ~ $294 USD in China. Given the fact we’ve seen European availability of the iChill HerculeZ 3000 series before expect to see it hit the European and North American markets soon.

Images and information courtesy of Expreview

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX Titan Pictured!

Since we saw the images of Gigabyte’s custom-cooled GTX Titan Windforce 3X a few days ago, it is now becoming apparent that a lot more companies will be jumping on-board with custom cooled GTX Titan solutions and Inno3D is the latest company to do exactly that.

The Inno3D iChill GTX Titan features their triple fan HerculeZ 3000 cooling solution which is based off a triple 80mm PWM fan design. The shroud of the cooler is coloured orange and is most likely made from a hardened plastic. The internal heatsink uses five copper heatpipes, 6mm by the looks of things, and they make direct contact with the GPU core. The cooling design is not enclosed so air is exhausted mainly into the case not out the rear vents.

The rest of the graphics card uses a reference GTX Titan PCB but Inno3D have opted for a factory overclock of 927MHz, though the boost clock is still unknown. Memory is configured at the default 6008MHz.

The leaked image suggests that the NDA is lifted on May the 20th meaning this could be the golden date to watch out for when every Nvidia AIB partner releases their custom cooled GTX Titans.

What are your thoughts on the Inno3D version? Does the cooler look good? Or is the orange colour a bit brave?

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GTX Titan “iChill Black Series” Graphics Card with Arctic Accelero Hybrid Now Shipping

Nvidia’s GTX Titan is the fastest single GPU card available to the consumer at this current time. You may think it has been overpriced and overhyped (which I do) but there is no taking away its performance crown. Yet with Nvidia’s reference design that performance crown comes at the price of high temperatures. In opting for a blower style fan that stays quiet Nvidia have had to sacrifice temperatures a certain amount which is why its not uncommon to see temperatures in the 80s or 90s depending on how silent or how highly clocked you want the GTX Titan to be.

Inno3D have attempted to provide inexperienced enthusiasts with a way around this in the form of the Inno3D GTX Titan iChill Black Series. Essentially, this card is a reference GTX Titan design with a powerful custom water and air cooler fitted. The custom cooler fitted is the Arctic Accelero Hybrid cooling solution which offers active VRM cooling via the shroud fan and liquid cooling for the GPU core with a 120mm single thickness radiator. The entire design is black and takes up two slots in spacing.

The GTX Titan GPU used for this card comes clocked at 937MHz core and 980MHz GPU boost versus the reference 837MHz core and 876MHz boost. Memory clock speeds have been held at the stock 6GHz effective because these clocks make very little difference to performance. For those of you who do not know the GTX Titan features 2688 CUDA Cores, 224 TMUs, 48 ROPs and a 384 bit wide GDDR5 memory bus with 6GB of memory. Power connections are a 6 pin and 8pin (both PCI Express power connectors), display outputs include two dual link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.

Pricing information was not released but the Arctic Accelero Hybrid costs $169.99 on its own and a GTX Titan costs $999.99 on its own, so a price of $1099.99 seems likely. We think this is a great little solution for anyone looking to push a GTX Titan to the next level without having to get down with the nitty-gritty warranty-voiding task of installing a custom cooler to a reference design. What do you think of this new product from Inno3D?