PowerColor's 'LCS HD7970' Loves to Play with Water - HotHardware
PowerColor's 'LCS HD7970' Loves to Play with Water

PowerColor's 'LCS HD7970' Loves to Play with Water

PowerColor on Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's first and only Radeon HD 7970 graphics card with a liquid cooling solution attached. The company's new LCS HD7970 features a pre-installed waterblock provided by EK Waterblocks that has a nickel coated copper base extending over the key components. According to PowerColor, the waterblock is able to keep the GPU cooled to below 50C even under full load.

The waterblock comes pre-fitted with high-flow 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch fittings (barbs) with captured O-rings to prevent leaking. As for the card itself, PowerColor took the liberty of overclocking the GPU to 1050MHz (up from 925MHz reference) and the 3GB of GDDR5 memory to 1425MHz (up from 1375MHz reference).


No word on when it will ship or for how much. As a point of reference, PowerColor's standard HD 7970 streets for about $660.
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That's actually a pretty nice waterblock; let's see how far HotHardware can take this particular card.

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Obviously a $700+ card for the rich

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The last time I saw an LCS model from PowerColor; it was on a 6990, and it was going for well over $750 US...ah, must be good to have a bottomless wallet.

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I have a friend who is trying to RMA a PowerColor 6950 card that is dying. They have a road block in place to getting that RMA. He couldn't seem to get it done. He called three times to speak with people @ PowerColor and none of them told him that he has to use IE to send a ~picture~ of his reciept to them for verification to generate an RMA and ~not~ Chrome or Firefox.

You can do the whole process with either of the three browsers, ~except~ the little bit about that proof of purchase picture. What a crock! He wasted 4 days on this situation without a working video card, and no help from them. He just got an RMA# and sent the card back on Friday.

So when choosing my next Radeon card, who will I not ever consider from the beginning of that process?

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