With the upcoming release of the NVIDIA GTX 980Ti and AMD’s Fiji card(s), our focus has moved from the current most powerful graphics card; the Titan X. It now seems that NVIDIA have lifted or plan on lifting the ban on custom cooling versions of the Titan series.
So far we have seen only reference designs from manufacturers, but ZOTAC have recently released some 3D renders of what is to be the first custom cooled Titan X. The cooler will be called Arctic Storm and looks to be a hybrid water block with a basic AMP! fan and heatsink set up placed on top. It is expected to be a slightly overclocked version of the current Titan X that Zotac offer with clocks speeds around 1026/ 1114MHz core and 7GHz memory and a similar power input of 6+8 pin power connectors.
Zotac has not yet commented on pricing; I wouldn’t expect this to be cheap anyway. They have stated that this cooler will be used on the upcoming GTX 980Ti.
Would a hybrid cooling solution like this push you to go water cooled? Use the standard fans and heatsink and then add onto it later. Or would you prefer to buy a reference graphics card and then purchase a well-known brand such as XSPC or EK water block to complete the set-up? Let us know in the comments.
Thank you to VideoCardz for providing us with this information.
CyberPowerPC are making a sizeable impact in the UK PC market in recent years since they came across the water and settled in the sunny North of England. They contacted us offering not just a glimpse at one their flagship systems, but a completely built and ready to go review sample of which we were encouraged to “test”, and by test I mean game on.
Naturally we were on scene faster than you can shake a stick at and soon we were pulling up outside Cyberpower HQ eager to get our mitts onto this mystery machine. We were not disappointed when we were warned that it would take 2 men to lift it, and that I would need to put my back seats down as the box would take up half of the back of my car. As we returned to eTeknix towers we could see on the box what chassis we had, but it wasn’t until we got it unpacked that we seen what we had been given, and investigated the invoice properly. What they had in fact given us was a top end X99 system with not one but TWO GTX Titan X’s in SLI, with a bespoke water cooling setup, a price tag of £6400, and that’s just the beginning. Ladies and Gentlemen, hold onto your hats, I’m going in!
Today we are looking at the aggressively named “Chillblast Fusion Barbarian Devil’s Canyon Gaming PC”, featuring a Corsair SPEC-03 chassis on the outside, with a high-end i5 4690k, Nvidia GTX 970, 16GB of DDR3 on the inside and a few high performance coolers in between. Chillblast have even thrown in a tasty CPU overclock to help us hit the high notes and have opted for the traditional OS SSD / Mechanical HDD storage configuration to give the user more options when it comes to storage.
At a time when certain delayed AAA titles are on the horizon, many will be looking to upgrade their rigs to play the latest and greatest games at maximum graphics settings. The question is, is the Barbarian worth considering for your next upgrade? Let’s find out!
Name: Chillblast Fusion Barbarian Gaming PC
Case: Corsair SPEC-03 Case
Motherboard: Z97X-Gaming 5 Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core i5 4690K Devils Canyon overclocked to 4.3GHz
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified PSU
Optical Drive: 24x SATA DVD+/-RW Drive
Wireless: Not included
Monitor: Not included
Peripherals: Not included
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Warranty: 5 Year Warranty with 2 Years Collect and Return (UK only)
Price: £1163.78 as configured Delivered.
The system was well packaged, with what can only be described as “cardboard ghillie” padding.
Chillblast has included the Motherboard and Graphics card boxes too, which contain all of the misc leftover bits.
The system unboxed. The front of the case reminds me of the mask Bane from Batman, with its exaggerated front grille bars and bold styling.
Across the top of the case we have 2 x USB3, headphone and mic ports, with power and reset buttons. Underneath is a bar which lights up red when the system is powered on, and the HDD activity LED sits in the middle of the I/O panel.