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2014-09-19T16:10:34Z

By now, you've hopefully had a chance to check out our in-depth look at NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970 & 980 graphics cards. Unless you were half-asleep while reading, chances are you've been left very impressed, and now you're wondering which is the right make and model to go with. Well, it's hard to draw a definitive conclusion so easily, but EVGA has a couple of products on tap that are well worth the consideration.

With this launch, EVGA has unveiled its ACX 2.0 cooler; Marco took a look at the GTX 970 model in the article linked-to above. The company is really touting this as being something special, and giving a friendly jab to the competition at the same time. "Most graphics card manufacturers only focus on one aspect when designing their cooling solution and neglect all other aspects of the fan design and heatsink."

Here's something interesting you might not have thought of before (admittedly, I didn't, either): "Modern NVIDIA graphics cards have a maximum power ceiling that takes into account the fan power consumption, meaning the lower the power consumption from the fan, the more power available for the GPU! Triple fan coolers from competitors increase power consumption, thereby lowering your maximum overclocking headroom. When it comes to graphics cards cooling, less is more!"

I find that pretty intriguing, and I do suppose it makes sense. To combat this issue, EVGA uses 11-blade fans that increase CFM but keep a reduced noise-level. Improved magnets help add 150 RPM to the maximum speed, and the use of more silicon steel increases the magnet strength. In the end, EVGA promises temperatures 26% lower, noise 36% quieter, and fan power consumption a staggering 250% less when compared to the reference cooler.

As is typical with these big launches, EVGA is offering an unbelievable number of 980 and 970 variants to choose from - fifteen - so you should have no problem finding a model that perfectly suits you. That is, as long as you don't mind waiting for some of them to come in stock. As expected, most models around the Web have sold-out due to the launch today, so you might need to have a little patience to wait for more to come back in stock. I think it's safe to say that a short wait will be well worth it.

Pancake Effect
2014-09-19T17:47:04Z

I feel likes video games are not taking advantage of the latest tech. I'm still running a 680, and I have yet to find a game that makes it dip below 70 FPS. I don't see any reason to upgrade for a while still.

Dave_HH
2014-09-20T02:14:36Z

Well, that depends on what resolution and image quality settings you're gaming at. I bet I could bring that 680 to a crawl. :)

ThundercatMan
2014-09-20T11:56:28Z

I don't get the big thing sorry gents how is this the "next" big thing??? in gpus when its fill rates bandwidth are no where as near as fast as hoped infact im probably going to get another 780gtx and sli my aging but still very quick Z68 giga UD7 sandy i7@4.6ghz (nearly 3years old haha) will save me a lot of money!

thanks NVidia!

realneil
2014-09-20T13:30:01Z

"EVGA promises temperatures 26% lower, noise 36% quieter, and fan power consumption a staggering 250% less when compared to the reference cooler."

This is a lofty promise indeed. The thing about EVGA is that they don't advertise something that they can't back up with fact. The last card that I bought is a GTX-760 4GB model with the ACX 1.0 cooler on it. It does a good job keeping temps under control and it's quiet too.

If they have improved on my ACX cooler then it's gonna be a good thing for sure.

 

Dave_HH wrote:

Well, that depends on what resolution and image quality settings you're gaming at. I bet I could bring that 680 to a crawl.

Yeah, I believe it too. But aren't you using a PC screen that's big enough to announce public arrival & departure times at Grand Central Station? 

I have a pair of EVGA GTX-680s in SLI and they're doing well for me on my ASUS 27" @ 1920X1080 resolution. I imagine if I added a few more screens that my awesome, fluid performance would suffer big time.

ThundercatMan
2014-09-20T15:06:06Z

I never understand why these manufacturers don't swallow their pride and do a deal with ARCTIC as I fitted a twin turbo cooler on my old GTX 580 and my temps went from an ambient room temp of 82oF from 95oF to 62oF that's a 50% decrease...oh and noise...haha the reviews don't do it any justice try full load (bringing the temps down to 52oF!!!! that's a 70% decrease!) that was inaudible!

Now they are stats worth bragging about NOT these 26% etc.

Ps I have a MSI twin frozer and this cooler is very effective on the OC gaming version that I didn't bother buying an aftermarket cooler! epic

RiCoFrost
2014-09-20T16:19:46Z

Still running GTX 780 superoverclocked and its is more then fine for every game i play. The biggest advantage i see is the 100watts less power consumption at full load. I'll be waiting for next gen.

KevinLozandier
2014-09-21T01:35:18Z

EVGA have some beastly engineers to accomplish that.

KevinLozandier
2014-09-21T09:28:37Z

Displayport 1.3 released on September 15th this year; I'm more looking forward more to the Mawell GPUs that'll support it and PCIe4