There are two major things that differentiate GPUs within the same family from each other: the PCB design and the cooling system, both of which provide either headroom for overclocking or cool and quiet operation. Hardcore enthusiasts can switch coolers for something custom - Colorful has released a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti video card that comes without any cooling solution, allowing these users some comfort in not killing a GPU when removing the cooler.

As the name implies, the video card is intended for those who plan to use an aftermarket liquid cooling system and do not want to pay for an air cooler. 

 

The Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Advanced ‘Water Cooled Board’ graphics card relies on a PCB that resembles NVIDIA’s reference design but features a 16-phase VRM. The TU102 GPU that the card carries operates at 1350-1545 MHz by default, with 11 GB of GDDR6 memory set at 14 Gbps. The card has two 8-pin auxiliary PCIe power connectors, and is equipped with three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, one HDMI 2.0b port, as well as one USB-C/VirtualLink connector.

Right now the Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Advanced ‘Water Cooled Board’ is listed only at Colorful’s Chinese website and it is unclear whether the graphics card will be sold outside of the company’s domestic market. Meanwhile, selling a product that is not ready to be used out-of-the-box (even to people who might prefer such a configuration) and requires certain skills from the end user is an interesting (albeit risky) idea.

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Source: Colorful (via Cowcotland)

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  • PeachNCream - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    I wonder it they charge extra for omitting the air cooler. Also, it would be bad if someone with a lack of knowledge purchased on of these things and thought, "Oh wow! They finally have a GPU that doesn't require a cooling solution just like my old Cirrus Logic 1MB VGA board!" That could result in a real-time ray tracing brick. Reply
  • MattMe - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    As the article says, "As the name implies, the video card is intended for those who plan to use an aftermarket liquid cooling system and do not want to pay for an air cooler."

    I would assume the only reason they would do this is to differentiate themselves by offering a slightly lower price, not an increase.
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  • PeachNCream - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    Sorry, that part of my comment was intended to be a little bit tongue-in-cheek. Reply
  • boozed - Friday, January 25, 2019 - link

    It works for Porsche! Reply
  • 808Hilo - Saturday, January 26, 2019 - link

    Temp is capped. No worries. It just will run on 1 cylinder only or stop. Almost 400w with this card. Use a watercooler on the card. Purdy custom pc have watercooling now. There is space on most miniITX for a twinrow cooler and two heatexchanger/pumps/blocks Reply
  • edzieba - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    "The Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Advanced ‘Water Cooled Board’ graphics card relies on a PCB that resembles NVIDIA’s reference design but features a 16-phase VRM."

    From all appearances the PCB is completely identical to the FE version. Likely Colorful are just calling the 13+3 VRM phases "16 phase".
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  • PhysicsPhil - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    Ironically, the card still commandeers two slots! Doesn't seem like much _product_ effort went into this sku. Reply
  • Flunk - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    I'd be pretty surprised if this was anything but a special order part. Reply
  • Morawka - Friday, January 25, 2019 - link

    That's not that big of a deal if the price is right. By sticking to reference design they can keep the price low Reply
  • Santoval - Friday, January 25, 2019 - link

    They just reserved extra space for the liquid cooling (or high performance air-cooling) solution. Reply

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