iCX Cooling: For The Win
EVGA built some of the most intricate and best-performing cooling technology with its iCX cooling, led by its nine thermal sensors which EVGA use to keep an eye on your graphics card in 9 different spots to give you the best thermal performance on-the-fly.
There are multiple MCUs on-board, with all nine sensors available in EVGA's Precision XOC software.
EVGA has asynchronous fan control on their iCX-based graphics cards, with separate left and right fan control. It might not sound like much, but the GPU and VRAM are on the left side of the graphics card, and the VRMs are on the right. There are plenty of times when the VRMs might be running much hotter than the GPU due to overclocking, so the card will intentionally keep that part of the card cooler when it needs to. Very, very cool.
All of this results in a graphics card that is almost running itself, with the GPU fan speed determined by the GPU temperature sensor. The same is applied to the power/memory, and the memory temperature. GDDR5 and GDDR5X can get quite hot when it's fully utilized, as we are breaching 11Gbps frequencies on the GTX 1080 Ti and its 11GB of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps.
You can control and monitor all of this under EVGA's Precision XOC software, with each sensor being monitored in real-time and displayed on the Precision XOC OSD. From here, you can control the GPU/power fans simultaneously, or asynchronously. Again, very cool. All of the overclocking can be done here too, and there's a lot of room to play with on the GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 GAMING, something we'll get into more in a minute.
EVGA provides some peace of mind gaming with its iCX cooling tech. How?
Optimized airflow through the L-shaped fins, with an interlaced pin fin on the baseplate. It looks funny, but it maximizes the heat dissipation with more surface area on the baseplate.
Double ball bearing fans with 4x longer lifespan? Great!
This is one of my favorite parts of EVGA's graphics cards, is the awesome diecast form fitted baseplate and backplate. It finishes the entire card off as a perfectly engineered sleek custom GeForce GTX 10 series graphics card.
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