Following up after last week’s teasers, GIGABYTE has officially announced two ultra-high-end graphics cards under its AORUS brand: the AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce Xtreme Edition 11G and the AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition 11G.

Both verbosely-named cards, as the Waterforce branding implies, are liquid-cooling oriented. The standard Waterforce Xtreme Edition is coupled with an all-in-one (AIO) closed loop cooler, while the Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition is outfitted with a full-size water block that can connect to a custom open loop. And so, without pesky fans taking up space, AORUS has dedicated the extra real estate on the card shrouds to a bountiful number of LEDs.

AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce Xtreme Editions 11G
  Waterforce Xtreme Edition Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition
Boost Clock 1746MHz (OC Mode)
1721MHz (Gaming Mode)
Base Clock 1632MHz (OC Mode)
1607MHz (Gaming Mode)
Memory Clock 11448MHz (OC Mode)
11232MHz (Gaming Mode)
TDP Unspecified
Outputs 3x DP1.4, 2x HDMI2.0b (Rear), 1x HDMI2.0b (Front) 1x DL-DVI-D
VR Link VR Mode: 3x DP1.4, 3x HDMI2.0b
VR Link Standard Mode: 3x DP1.4, 1x HDMI2.0b (Rear), 1x DL-DVI-D
Power Connectors 2 x 8pin
Length 267mm
Width 2 Slot (36mm) 2 Slot (28mm)
Height 123mm 149mm
Cooler Type AIO CLC (120mm) Water Block (full-cover)
Price TBA

Generally speaking, both cards only differ in their cooling designs, having the same clocks, 12+2 power phases, and basic features. The 120mm AIO Waterforce Xtreme Edition has a water block that only covers the GPU, with a water block-cooled copper heatpipe and base plate covering the MOSFETs and VRAM. Behind the GPU, the card has a small copper piece embedded in the back plate. In comparison, the Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition has its water block and flow design covering all key components, and has a larger copper slab in the back plate.

Both cards offer the AORUS VR Link design for their display outputs. What this means is that an extra HDMI port is offered on the front (internal) side of the card, while the PCIe bracket has 2 HDMI ports, a DVI-D port, and 3 DisplayPorts. Due to the limited number of display controllers on the GP102 GPU, only 4 ports/displays can be used at one time. In standard mode, a maximum of 4 outputs can be used, selecting from among the first HDMI port, 3 DisplayPorts, and the DVI-D port on the PCIe bracket. In VR Mode, the DVI-D port is not used, and a maximum of 4 outputs can be used from among the 3 DisplayPorts and 3 HDMI ports. Ultimately, the idea is here that the front-facing HDMI can be used for a VR headset, while the rear HDMIs can still be utilized simultaneously for monitors without swapping cables.

As Xtreme Edition cards, the Waterforce and Waterforce WB qualify for an extra year of AORUS Care upon registration within 30 days of purchase, which then adds to AORUS’ standard three-year warranty for four total years. All-in-all, that could mean over 1400 days of guaranteed brightly-lit gaming sessions with RGB Fusion, AORUS’ LED software. For the WB variant, this includes lighting up the water block fittings and the AORUS eagle emblems on both sides of the card, giving the impression that AORUS has simply opted to create a giant rectangular LED that also happens to run games.

GIGABYTE has not announced pricing information at this time. A teaser posted by the official AORUS Twitter states 7/7/17, presumably the availability date for both cards.




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  • HomeworldFound - Friday, June 30, 2017 - link

    I would really like to know which company is manufacturing the waterblock for Gigabyte?

    It would really help me to know the processes used to apply the waterblock, the last thing you want when you buy a card with a block is to have to remove it and re-paste the GPU.
  • Itselectric - Friday, June 30, 2017 - link

    My guess is that either Swiftech or EK is creating the custom water block for Gigabyte, Reply
  • Morawka - Saturday, July 1, 2017 - link

    I dont know about you guys, but i've been having serious problems with gigabyte cards not reaching their advertised OC Mode clocks. Both my 1080 and 1080 Ti Gigabyte cards would only run on smallest OC settings. Hopefully Gigabyte notices this, if you look at their product reviews on Newegg for their 1080 Xtreme Gaming you will see plenty of similar stories. Reply
  • bigboxes - Saturday, July 1, 2017 - link

    You have an Aorus card? Reply
  • Morawka - Saturday, July 1, 2017 - link

    no i have the Xtreme Gaming cards which are identical to these (extra VR connectors, custom board, Binned SOC's as advertised as a feature) except with a different cooler. Reply
  • bigboxes - Saturday, July 1, 2017 - link

    Is the Aorus cooler better? That would explain the better o/c. Reply
  • bigboxes - Saturday, July 1, 2017 - link

    and you have every right to complain if you're not getting the claimed o/c numbers Reply
  • HomeworldFound - Saturday, July 1, 2017 - link

    I have 2x Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC cards in this computer and it reaches the advertised clocks. Have you tried using Gigabytes application with the selectable OC mode? Reply
  • Diji1 - Sunday, July 2, 2017 - link

    I haven't had any issues with Gigabyte cards lower down the product line such as 1070's. Reply
  • pyroxide - Saturday, July 1, 2017 - link

    will go great with my Aero 15 in my Akitio Node. Reply

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