EVGA has released a version of its custom-built GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N video card with a pre-installed bespoke water block. Courtesy of EVGA's customized selection of video outputs, the card now takes only one slot and therefore can fit into tightly packed systems featuring custom liquid cooling systems. EVGA continues to guarantee that the card’s GPU can be overclocked to over 2 GHz, meaning that what was already one of the world’s fastest video cards now has a factory-installed liquid cooling option.

The liquid-cooled EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper graphics card uses the same PCB as the air-cooled original one. The board was designed for overclockers and overclocking: it features a 14 phase digital VRM, 11 thermal sensors in total in critical locations on the PCB (5 on the VRMs, 4 for the vRAM, and two on/near the GPU itself), an EVbot connector for easier volt modding as well as three BIOSes (normal, overclocked, and LN2) that can be activated when needed. Since EVGA guarantees that NVIDIA’s GP102 GPUs on all GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper graphics cards can be overclocked to at least 2025 MHz in boost mode (up from 1695 MHz out of-the-box), the 'overclocked' BIOS setting is going to be default for most owners of the new card.

The EVGA Hydro Copper waterblock designed specifically for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N video card covers the GPU, memory and VRM, it is made of nickel-plated copper with an acrylic cover and aluminum on top. The waterblock is equipped with a hub featuring six connectors for easier installation of tubes as well as a glowing EVGA logotype on the front. To ensure that the card does not bend after a long usage, the graphics card is equipped with a custom backplate designed for EVGA’s GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N (KPE). It is noteworthy that the waterblock can be purchased from EVGA separately for $219.99.

EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper
Base Clock 1582 MHz
Boost Clock 1695 MHz, guaranteed to run at 2025 MHz
Memory Clock 11016 GT/s
VRAM 11 GB GDDRX5 (352-bit)
TDP 250 W
Outputs 1 × HDMI 2.0b
1 × DL-DVI
3 × Mini-DisplayPort 1.4
Power Connectors 2 x 8-Pin
Dimensions (L x H) 11.8" (299.7mm) × 5.61" (142.6mm) - Single Slot
Cooler Type Nickel-plated copper with an acrylic cover waterblock
Price $1249

Apart from its overclocking capabilities, configuration of video outputs is also an important selling point of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper. The card has three Mini DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, an HDMI port, and a DL-DVI-D port, all located in one row. This enabled EVGA to shrink the liquid-cooled graphics card to just one slot while still offering a DL-DVI port, which may be important for those who run tightly-packed systems with multiple add-on cards and a custom-built LCS.

Just like the original GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N edition from EVGA with ICX air cooling early in its lifecycle, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper is only available directly from the company. The price of the card is $1249, which is $250 higher than the price of the original board. Meanwhile, EVGA itself did not have any GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N edition with air cooling in stock at press time, whereas Amazon’s partners offer such cards for $1299.

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  • Vatharian - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    It's opinion. I like the industrial design, it's different of other 'flashy' things. And I am no fan of LEDs, I turn off everything I have on my system, and I DO have window in my computer.

    The distance between the fittings shortens the total path the liquid has to travel inside the block, and reduces single sharp turn, helping reduce flow restriction. If you think about it, flow inside block is arranged in "C" shape, with GPU die fins in the center. Strapping small terminal in the center with two close G1/4" ports is cost reducing attempt, since smaller terminal is cheaper.
  • Hxx - Monday, November 27, 2017 - link

    I'm trying to understand who this card is for. I mean money aside, isn't one better off getting a titan xp with an aftermarket block? you'll get to about the same price... maybe another 50-100 or so but with a better performing card that no overclock in this world will compensate for.
  • MatBailie - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    If performance is key, yes. But some people value silent running, some want single slot solutions, some people have expensive hobbies, others just want to drool over the possibility of something so cool with no intention of buying (but that still improves EVGAs brand image).
  • ZeDestructor - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    With a fullcover block (EK's 1080Ti/Titan block costs ~100) and matching single-slot PCI bracket (bundled with the block usually), the 1080 Ti FE and Titan Xp are both silent, single-slot cards, with an excellent VRM for liquid-cooled overclocking. You need better VRMs for LN2, but that's what the regular KPE, HOF, lightning and similar extreme OC cards are for anyways.

    All this particular card does is save you the hassle of removing the air-cooler and installing the waterblock, which, let's face it, isn t very much.
  • waldojim42 - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    It also saves your warranty. Which, let's face it, means a bit more to some people when dropping $1300 on a video card.
  • ZeDestructor - Thursday, November 30, 2017 - link

    EVGA doesn't mind you swapping coolers (I believe it's written into their FAQ too)
  • Ibadya - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    Hello, I'm able to get 2101 - 2114 mhz with this setup vs 2060 - 2080 mhz on stock air cooler. I've owned a pair of the og xp titans on water cooling and got about 2075 mhz
  • sor - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    I’d be interested in something like this, but given the 1080 has been out nearly 18 months now and is probably 6 months from being replaced it’s kind of a hard sell to go for a special design, high end card right now.
  • milkod2001 - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    They dropped expensive copper fan and increased the price. Wow just wow.
  • ZeDestructor - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    Yeah... may as well buy the regular one and an (arguably better) EK block instead.. or since it's liquid-cooled, just get an even cheaper 1080 Ti to stick a waterblock to...

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