Liquid cooling can be a scary proposition if you've only ever played with air. When it's your first time diving into the depths of liquid cooling, you can't help but envision a worst case scenario, one in which you end up accidentally soaking your motherboard and other pricey components with H20. Such horrific scenarios are becoming less of a concern as companies launch all-in-one liquid cooling setups, such as what you'll find on PNY's new XLR8 Liquid Cooled Graphics series.
To get the LCS party started, PNY unveiled its XLR8 Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 580 graphics card in two flavors, one with a CPU cooling block attached and one without. Both come equipped with an all-in-one LCS provided by none other than Asetek, the same company whose LCS footprint spans everywhere from OEM systems to rebadged CPU coolers.
"Designed to increase performance while reducing noise and temperature, PNY’s Liquid Cooled Graphics offers the fastest factory-overclocked card currently on the market at 857 MHz," said Nicholas Mauro (PDF), senior marketing manager, PC components for PNY. "The simple all-in-one design offers a powerful, yet easy to install and cost-effective gaming solution that’s backed by the PNY warranty. This highly anticipated graphics option will enable more enthusiast gamers to experience gaming in a whole new way."
If you were to put PNY's new LCS cards in the cage with a GTX 580 based on Nvidia's reference design, PNY says its model would wallop the reference card with 10 percent faster performance while running up to 30 percent cooler and quieter.
PNY's Liquid Cooled GTX 580 will set you back $580, or $650 for the model with a CPU block attached.