XSPC GTX Titan Waterblock Review
Published: 2nd May 2013 | Source: XSPC | Price: £94.99 @ SpecialTech |
Gainward GTX Titan
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.6GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum
Corsair Neutron GTX
Windows 7 x64
The water-cooling side is handled by the full range of XSPC component plumbed together with Bitspower fittings and kept cool with Corsair fans. Although you can mix and match your water-cooling setup, the quality of their parts is such we don't need to look past XSPC for our loop.
XSPC GTX Titan Water block
XSPC RX360 Radiator
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
XSPC D5 Pump
XSPC D5 pump tank reservoir
Corsair SP120 Performance edition fans with fan speed reducer
One of the big selling points to the Titan, and the reason we wanted to water-cool it, is that the overclocking is heavily reliant upon the thermal limits. Retaining the stock voltage and core speed we managed to obtain an extra 575MHz on the memory. Returning the memory to stock the GPU maxed out at an extra 150MHz. However, we couldn't get the card stable with any memory overclock, even 100MHz, and this GPU speed.
Backing off by 10MHz enabled us to put an extra 500MHz on the GDDR5, for a final overclock of 1016MHz Core and 3504MHz GDDR5. Memory clock speed is especially important in high resolution scenarios, so we're looking forward to the benchmarks.
Naturally the primary reason for water-cooling your graphics card is to keep it cool and keep noise levels down. Despite the quality of the reference air-cooler, it's no match for the XSPC setup. A maximum of 40°C is excellent, especially as the loop is having to cool the entire system.