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The GTX 1060's reference PCB will not be suitable for water cooling

The GTX 1060's reference PCB will not be suitable for water cooling

Nvidia confirms the MSRP of the GTX 1060 outside the US

The GTX 1060's reference PCB will not be suitable for water cooling

 

The GTX 1060's reference PCB will not be suitable for water cooling or other aftermarket coolers due to the reference design using a PCIe extension cable. 

This means that using a traditional full cover water block would either leave users without a usable power connection or with a PCIe power extension cable hanging off the end of the watercooled GPU, or any reference GTX 1060 with an aftermarket cooler. 

Below you can see images showcasing the GTX 1060's PCB design and cooler design, showing us the PCIe 6-pin extension that the GTX 1060 Founders Edition uses.  

 

The GTX 1060's reference PCB will not be suitable for water cooling   The GTX 1060's reference PCB will not be suitable for water cooling   

 

The GTX 1060 Founders Edition is a limited Edition GPU, meaning that it is only available directly from Nvidia and in limited quantities. This makes the design work for a custom water block rather difficult, as it requires unique design considerations for the power connection and will only be sold to an extremely small userbase.   

Nvidia has clearly designed the GTX 1060 in order to provide the best experience when using the Nvidia Founders Edition cooler design, giving users a more optimal location for the PCIe power connection by sacrificing compatibility with non-stock air coolers and water blocks. 

  

You can join the discussion on Nvidia's GTX 1060 Founders Edition being unsuited to water blocks on the OC3D Forums

 

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10-07-2016, 16:35:09

AlienALX
I knew it !

pmsl that sucks !Quote

10-07-2016, 16:43:47

SeekaX
Watercooling a card like that doesn't make all that much sense, manufacturers will make aftermarket PCBs anyways and we've had waterblocks for aftermarket PCBs in the past. Really doesn't matter.
I also don't know why the PCIe extension cable would be a problem for aftermarket coolers, the manufacturers could just implement that in the design.Quote

10-07-2016, 16:49:28

AlienALX
Loads of people water cool cheap parts. In fact, a lot of the water builds I've seen recently had stuff like 950s or 960s in because of the price of the cooling.

Near on all water cooled rigs I've ever seen have been weak on specs because of the price of the cooling.

I'm sure the WC companies will come up with a solution but it's still epic fail.Quote

10-07-2016, 17:32:04

madness777
IMO I see a LOT of modding potential with this if you're putting on an aftermarket cooler or even a Universal GPU waterblock (first that popped in my mind)
You could just make a modular cable that goes directly to the PSU and make cabling virtually invisible. You just need some soldering skills.
And don't give me warranty jibber jabber cuz you're voiding the warranty with replacing the cooler in the first place.Quote

10-07-2016, 17:36:37

RobM
I don't see any reason not to use an aftermarket option its neither hard nor rocket science to figure out a solution for it. It is only a different plug required for the power, hardley a technical obstacle lolQuote
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