Colorful has started to sell its highest-performing video card to date, the iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan. The graphics adapter features a large three-wide hybrid cooling system with four fans in total and the manufacturer guarantees that the GPU will hit nearly 1.8 GHz in boost mode once a factory overclocked setting is activated.

The Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan is the company’s flagship card based on NVIDIA’s GP102 GPU and thus is the highest-performing one in its product lineup. The graphics adapter is based on a custom PCB with an advanced VRM to ensure sufficient amount of “clean” power delivered to the GPU and memory that are supposed to work at frequencies beyond their nominal. Colorful says that the VRM uses its IPP (iGame Pure-Power Inductance) feature and silver-plated elements to reduce electric resistance, but does not elaborate. Out of the box, the iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan comes with NVIDIA’s reference clock rates, but once a switch on its bracket is toggled, the card loads “Turbo” BIOS mode and sets GPU frequencies to 1657 MHz/1784 MHz (base/boost), among the highest factory-overclock settings for the GP102 in the industry. In fact, at nearly 1.8 GHz, the GPU on the GTX 1080 Ti Kudan card produces more TFLOPS than the GPU on NVIDIA’s Titan Xp (it does not mean that Colorful’s card will be faster than the Titan Xp in all cases though).

To guarantee that the graphics adapter can work at its frequencies reliably and to provide a further overclocking headroom, the iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan is equipped with a rather unique hybrid cooling system. The cooler on the card is comprised of a large heatsink featuring heatpipes, an integrated waterblock for the GPU, a connectivity hub for liquid cooling and is outfitted with three 92-mm fans. The pre-installed three-wide cooler is enough to run the video card even in overclocked mode, but those who want to hit even higher frequencies can connect a 120-mm radiator with water pump and enjoy the benefits of liquid cooling. Since the heatsink on the card is rather large, it likely cools down not only the GPU and memory, but also the cards’ multi-phase VRM, which gets very hot on contempoerary graphics cards. This is a major advantage of the iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan over the iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Neptune W, which cools its GPU using liquid, but which VRM is only cooled down passively using cold plates.

Unlike EVGA with its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Edition (KPE), Colorful does not give any guarantees when it comes to GPU overclocking, but the cooling system used by the GTX 1080 Ti Kudan gives a feeling of confidence that the card can run at higher frequencies than those set by the manufacturer for its “Turbo” mode. To monitor the card without any software utilities, the iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan is equipped with a special LCD on top that displays clocks, temperature and fan speed.

As for connectivity, the card has two DisplayPort 1.4 headers, two HDMI 2.0b ports, and a DL DVI-D output. The board requires two 8-pin auxiliary GPU power connectors due to ensure overclocking potential and stability.

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Kudan is the ninth-degree black belt in Japanese martial arts, the second highest rank after Judan (tenth-degree dan, the absolute top in modern martial arts). Only fifteen people in the worlds were ever promoted to Judan in Japan and there are only three living 10th dan holders, so Colorful did not use the word to brand its mass market product. Instead, it used Kudan, which represents a rare top-grade master in martial arts that stands well above 99% of black belt holders. Indeed, the iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan is designed to outperform all the other GP102-based adapters on the market and for this reason is pretty heavily armed when it comes to cooling. Due to dimensions, the GTX 1080 Ti Kudan will not fit into all desktops, which somewhat further proves its unique positioning and purpose.

High-Emnd NVIDIA GPU Specification Comparison
  NVIDIA Titan Xp GTX 1080 Ti Colorful iGame
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti KPE
CUDA Cores 3840 3584
Texture Units 240 224
ROPs 96 88
Core Clock 1481 MHz (?) 1481 MHz 1657 MHz 1582MHz
Boost Clock 1582 MHz 1582 MHz 1784 MHz 1695 MHz
2025 MHz*
TFLOPs (FMA) 12.1 TFLOPs 11.3 TFLOPs 12.8 TFLOPs 12.14 TFLOPS
14.5 TFLOPS
Memory Clock 11.4 Gbps GDDR5X 11 Gbps GDDR5X
Memory Bus Width 384-bit 352-bit
VRAM 12GB 11GB
Power Connectors 6-pin + 8-pin 2×8-pin
TDP 250W 250W high 280 W
GPU GP102
Launch Date 04/06/2017 03/10/2017 Q4 2017 Q3 2017
Launch Price $1200 $699 $1400 in Japan $999
* Overclocking level guaranteed by EVGA

The Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan is now available in select stores in Japan for ¥158,890 (or $1399). Graphics cards traditionally carry a high premium in Japan, so the high price of the new unit is not surprising. Colorful graphics cards are not officially available in the USA, so it is unclear how much the iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan might cost on this side of the Pacific Ocean, but virtually all grey market imports are very expensive.

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Source: Akiba PC Hotline

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  • DanNeely - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    *facepalm*
    *facepalm*
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  • Gunbuster - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    Japanese martial arts name, steampunk clockwork themed card, sci-fi looking pump/rad. The mixed messages are strong with this one. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    I don't understand the point of this GPU, but I guess if I have to ask, I'm not the intended audience for it. Reply
  • Flunk - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    Colorful is known for making cheap low-end cards. This is their stab at a real top-shelf offering, it's not that surprising they'd make some mistakes.

    Man is this overcooled, that air part of the cooler OR the liquid part could either cool this card at the rated clocks no problem.
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  • Diji1 - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - link

    So what? Liquid cooling allows higher overclocking than air cooling. Reply
  • TheWereCat - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - link

    Hmmm... I will TRY to justify this card.
    NVIDIA won't allow higher than 355W Power Limit for OEMs to set into BIOS and the only way to make some headroom is to cut on power leakage. And what's better way to do it than throw an overkill cooler on the card? Also depends on what kind of VRMs they decided to go with.
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  • supdawg - Thursday, December 14, 2017 - link

    There's a 1.2v maximum, no power limit bios you can flash that has none of the throttle points for when the core temp goes too high. And unlike with a normal BIOS where it will throttle clocks when temp gets too high, the no power limit bios will just become hold clocks even as the temps make them unstable and crash. Reply
  • TheWereCat - Friday, December 15, 2017 - link

    I know, I was using it but it's not reliable and there are bugs.
    Also, I have suspicion that despite the XOC BIOS is reporting the clocks without any fluctuation, it's not 3D clocks all the time as many times the increased clocks don't translate into higher performance.
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  • solnyshok - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    last chance to sell Pascal GPU at 250% premium for 10% performance improvement. One month before Volta 2000 series are coming... Reply
  • Hurr Durr - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    Are they though? Shang Tsung said something about Q2 2018, has he not? Reply

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