Just Delivered Exclusive: PNY XLR8 Liquid Cooled GTX 580 Combo

Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | July 29, 2011 - 02:27 PM |
Tagged: water cooling, pny, liquid cooler, GTX 580, geforce

Just Delivered is a section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.

Today is a good day to be working at PC Perspective - the goods just keep hitting the door!  After taking a quick look at a new MSI motherboard we also have the world's first look at the upcoming PNY XLR8 Liquid Cooled GTX 580 + CPU cooler combo!

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You know how self-contained water cooling for processors is all the rage these days?  (And why not, we love it!)  Well NVIDIA and PNY teamed up to create a liquid cooled GPU, the GTX 580 of course, and also have two options for it: one with the GPU only and the other that includes an inline CPU water block as well.

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We literally have the first two production units from PNY in-house and are going through the installation process for them as I type this.  The GTX 580s support SLI (if you want to go that route) and look much like a reference GTX 580 in terms of their external design.  The insides are quite different though:

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Asetek provides a GPU water block that is mounted on the PCB while the fan runs at a much lower speed than normal as it is basically only used for keeping the memory temperatures under control.

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Our units include the CPU water block portion as well which DOES add to the complexity of the installation as well as packaging but I think we are going to find this to be a very efficient (and quiet) way to cool almost your entire rig.

Did I mention we are going to be giving BOTH OF THEM AWAY at our Hardware Workshop next weekend at Quakecon 2011?  Well now I did.  These are valued at $650 each!  Just another reason why you need to be in attendance, don't you think?

Source: PNY

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July 29, 2011 | 02:36 PM - Posted by Bob Sanders (not verified)

Very Cool!!

July 29, 2011 | 04:35 PM - Posted by rmadball

I have a liquid cooled processor now,,, where the heck would you put that radiator? Let a lone two of them if your SLI? I have a huge rig myself but wouldn't know where to put those lol. Probably require a full sized case?

July 29, 2011 | 05:06 PM - Posted by Joe C. (not verified)

Hey. This radiator fits in a standard 120MM fan location making SLI possible in a handful of MID-ATX that have 2 such locations and ideal in larger cases that have 3 bays. (Only need 2 but the larger cases have more room for better airflow and easier installation) Naturally, you would be able to utilize the GPU only version for the second card in SLI. Check it out in action here.



July 29, 2011 | 10:13 PM - Posted by James (not verified)

This does look cool but i worry about the amount head needed to force the water through the system. There is at least 8 in of head plus whatever headloss is the radiator and only 2 small pumps to push it along. Also, it should be noted that according to the pictures the warm water from one block is sent to another. This means that whoever is second in line cant have as low a incoming water temp.

That being said wouldn't it just be easier to tell the GPU makers to put say LGA 1155 bolt hole patterns on their boards? I mean really, this is getting a bit silly having to buy a "PNY 580". What if I like Asus? What if I like EVGA? On that note, if we just standardized bolt patterns we could ghetto liquid cool the two GPUs on 590 and 6990.

July 29, 2011 | 11:10 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

lol, the HardOCP Ghetto Mod thread would love that!

August 10, 2011 | 07:27 PM - Posted by DoomGoober (not verified)

Full review anytime soon?

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