Water-cooling the Easy Way: Sapphire Toxic X1900 XTX

Say it with me: Water cooling is not the devil! Seriously, I see so many people getting bent out of shape over trying to make water cooling happen. As you will discover below, getting water cooling to happen your way is not all that hard.

We were mightily impressed by the performance of the Radeon X1900 XTX when it was released, but not exactly fans of the almost ludicrous $650 launch price. Now that you can get such a card for under $500 online, it’s a much better buy, and comparable to the going rate for GeForce 7900 GTX cards.

What if you want something more, without going the dual-graphics route? There’s always that fancy new GeForce 7950 GX2 card, which sticks together two GeForce 7900 cards into a single-slot SLI solution, but that’s rather pricey, and quantities are limited right now. Overclocking is your best bet to get the best performance out of a single card, and when it comes to pushing clock rates, nothing beats water cooling.

Water-cooled CPUs and GPUs are generally a pain to set up, though. There are tubes to cut and clamp, reservoirs to fill, pumps to install, not to mention that it likely voids your warranty. For those who want to push a high-end graphics card to the limit, Sapphire has an elegant solution in it’s Toxic X1900 XTX. The company offers a factory-sealed, ready-to-roll water-cooled graphics card that’s as easy to set up as any standard air-cooled card. Does the performance jump justify the extra price…. Source: ExtremeTech

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