I feel like it’s a late Christmas. First Corsair release the Obsidian 900D – a perfect case for dual psu multi gpu watercooling rig. And now Asus have released something I would have appreciated greatly a few months ago when I built Project Rogue – an all in one liquid cooled dual slot 7970 GHz edition card! Even though I don’t need this card anymore, given that I own four 7970 gpus now, I still feel like I want one!
Just think about that for a second. This is a astonishing feat of engineering. It is special for a number of reasons.
- It is a dual 7970 GHz edition so in essence a 7990. Admittedly it is the fifth 7990 on the market after PowerColor, HIS, Club3D and OCUK so although that’s nothing new it is the most powerful AMD card currently.
- It is dual slot – this is a first that I’ve seen. 7990 cards are power hungry and hot beasts – they do not come in less than a triple slot form factor generally with huge and very noisy cooling apparatus attached.
- Onto the most impressive feature – this is the first all in one liquid cooled GPU I’ve seen and I’m thoroughly impressed. Due to the additional surface area on the radiator the card retains a dual slot form factor and stays far cooler and quieter than an air cooled equivalent and for that reason this card can be pushed further in terms of performance and easily becomes the most powerful GPU in the world.
- Last but not least – in true Asus ROG style – it is a thing of beauty with red LED lighting and a black backplate which makes it an object of desire for anyone who cares about aesthetics and especially anyone wanting a black and red themed rig like me. :)
Well done Asus. Truly well done. Now all I have to do is somehow fight the urge to get one when it’s released. Given that Asus has released this at such a late stage I’m guessing that the 8970 and 8990 are delayed then. Asus must know something we don’t.