ZOTAC launches water-cooled GeForce card

ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX ZONE Edition offers near silent running and up to 21.5% lower GPU temperatures

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 16, 2008

ZOTAC has launched its first water-cooled graphics card, the ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX ZONE Edition.

The card packs a standard GeForce 9800 GTX processor, but with a self-contained water cooling unit that the company says creates up to 21.5% lower GPU temperatures than with air cooling, and offers virtually silent operation.

To take the most benefit of the extra cooling, the card is factory overclocked to 700MHz, with shader and memory clock speeds also boosted to 1700 MHz and 2250 MHz.

The card has a PCI Express 2.0 interface and includes support for PureVideo HD video processing technology and has HDTV out, and supports DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1 titles.

Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International said: "Many enthusiasts seek better cooling performance and quieter operation from their graphics card cooler through third party vendors, but maintaining low noise with high-performance using air-cooling solutions is a hard task. With our ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX ZONE Edition, customers can have the high performance and quiet operation of water-cooling without the hassles of regular maintenance or installation, which often voids the factory graphics card warranty."

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