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.