EVGA has released a version of its custom-built GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N video card with a pre-installed bespoke water block. Courtesy of EVGA's customized selection of video outputs, the card now takes only one slot and therefore can fit into tightly packed systems featuring custom liquid cooling systems. EVGA continues to guarantee that the card’s GPU can be overclocked to over 2 GHz, meaning that what was already one of the world’s fastest video cards now has a factory-installed liquid cooling option.

The liquid-cooled EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper graphics card uses the same PCB as the air-cooled original one. The board was designed for overclockers and overclocking: it features a 14 phase digital VRM, 11 thermal sensors in total in critical locations on the PCB (5 on the VRMs, 4 for the vRAM, and two on/near the GPU itself), an EVbot connector for easier volt modding as well as three BIOSes (normal, overclocked, and LN2) that can be activated when needed. Since EVGA guarantees that NVIDIA’s GP102 GPUs on all GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper graphics cards can be overclocked to at least 2025 MHz in boost mode (up from 1695 MHz out of-the-box), the 'overclocked' BIOS setting is going to be default for most owners of the new card.

The EVGA Hydro Copper waterblock designed specifically for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N video card covers the GPU, memory and VRM, it is made of nickel-plated copper with an acrylic cover and aluminum on top. The waterblock is equipped with a hub featuring six connectors for easier installation of tubes as well as a glowing EVGA logotype on the front. To ensure that the card does not bend after a long usage, the graphics card is equipped with a custom backplate designed for EVGA’s GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N (KPE). It is noteworthy that the waterblock can be purchased from EVGA separately for $219.99.

EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper
Base Clock 1582 MHz
Boost Clock 1695 MHz, guaranteed to run at 2025 MHz
Memory Clock 11016 GT/s
VRAM 11 GB GDDRX5 (352-bit)
TDP 250 W
Outputs 1 × HDMI 2.0b
1 × DL-DVI
3 × Mini-DisplayPort 1.4
Power Connectors 2 x 8-Pin
Dimensions (L x H) 11.8" (299.7mm) × 5.61" (142.6mm) - Single Slot
Cooler Type Nickel-plated copper with an acrylic cover waterblock
Price $1249

Apart from its overclocking capabilities, configuration of video outputs is also an important selling point of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper. The card has three Mini DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, an HDMI port, and a DL-DVI-D port, all located in one row. This enabled EVGA to shrink the liquid-cooled graphics card to just one slot while still offering a DL-DVI port, which may be important for those who run tightly-packed systems with multiple add-on cards and a custom-built LCS.

Just like the original GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N edition from EVGA with ICX air cooling early in its lifecycle, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper is only available directly from the company. The price of the card is $1249, which is $250 higher than the price of the original board. Meanwhile, EVGA itself did not have any GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N edition with air cooling in stock at press time, whereas Amazon’s partners offer such cards for $1299.

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Source: EVGA

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  • Gadgety - Monday, November 27, 2017 - link

    Great to see a single slot water block solution.
  • airdrifting - Monday, November 27, 2017 - link

    There is a reason people didn't do it before, As all video cards with full coverage waterblocks are always only one slot in thickness (After all the waterblock is made of copper, A two slot thickness full cover waterblock will be ridiculously heavy and expensive), The only thing that make them taking two slot was the original PCI bracket since original bracket for high end video cards will usually be two slot. Two slot = two screws on the side = more secure, Especially when you install multiple video cards with waterblocks, It's easier to straight them out and more secure that way.
  • usernametaken76 - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    Plenty of enthusiasts are installing these in horizontal configurations, such as cases from Case Labs, Thermaltake, Phantex, etc.
  • darckhart - Monday, November 27, 2017 - link

    I thought the whole point of KPE is ability to do LN2. How you gonna do that with this fancy waterblock strapped on now? Take it off? waste of this whole SKU imo.
  • Gigaplex - Monday, November 27, 2017 - link

    You could try running LN2 through the waterblock, I guess. It is a liquid, after all.
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    Yep, with metal tubing to withstand the ultra low temperature you can pump it through just fine.
  • MatBailie - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    Wouldn't it explode? Liquid cooling isn't par change cooling, but LN2 is. The build up of pressure from the nitrogen Gas would blow everything apart, surely?
  • MatBailie - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    *phase change
  • Samus - Monday, November 27, 2017 - link

    $1300 bucks and it doesn't even come with a fan. PFFT.

  • Morawka - Monday, November 27, 2017 - link

    Why does EVGA always put so much space in between fittings on their blocks? I don't like the industrial design of this card. It looks antiquated. Maybe they should provide photos of the LED's active?

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