ASUS quietly changes the PCB design of their GTX 1080 Ti Strix - Breaking EK Water block compatibility
These changes break compatibility with EK Water blocks
Published: 27th December 2017 | Source: EKWB |
ASUS quietly changes the PCB design of their GTX 1080 Ti Strix
EK has warned their users that ASUS GTX 1080 Ti Strix graphics cards that manufactured after the start of November 2017 (with the model numbers HBYVCM064817, HBYVCM999999, HCYVCM000001 or HCYVCM059975), will not be compatible with their custom GTX 1080 Ti Strix water blocks. At this time it is unknown precisely what component placements have changed on newer models of break compatibility.
Like all major design revisions, ASUS has changed the PCB of their GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards for a reason, whether it be to reduce manufacturing cost, increase reliability or otherwise improve their product. These changes were worth the engineering time that ASUS spent on it, as otherwise ASUS' GTX 1080 Ti design would not have been changed.
Those who are interested in water cooling their GTX 1080 Ti Strix should take note of this event, as it means that PC builders should avoid new GTX 1080 Ti Strix model numbers if they plan on purchasing one of these GPUs with water cooling in mind.
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