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EVGA offers 10 GTX 10-series graphics cards with its new iCX cooling tech

Why it matters to you

The technology offered on these new cards aims to provide more insight about temperature levels and better control over overclocking.

Graphics card manufacturer EVGA recently introduced a new cooling technology called iCX. The company created the system to provide customers with more insight about the temperatures of a graphics card’s key components, not just the graphics chip itself. The company also wanted a solution with asynchronous fan control so that customers have better control over GPU overclocking.

The new iCX system consists of nine thermal sensors embedded across the graphics card’s printed circuit board: one dedicated to the graphics chip, five dedicated to power-related components, and three dedicated to the onboard memory. The system also adds multiple memory controller units to display the load the onboard memory is handling.

As for the asynchronous fan control aspect, customers will have the ability to control the card’s two fans separately. The left fan cools the graphics chip, and its speed and use are determined by the GPU’s temperature. The right fan cools the power-related components and memory, and its speed and use are determined by their temperatures. All of this information is displayed in diagrams through the company’s Precision XOC software.

However, users who purchase graphics cards with the iCX system installed can quickly determine the cooling levels without having to load up the software. On the side of the card are three LEDs representing the temperature levels of the graphics chip, the power components, and the memory components. Blue stands for cool, green for warm, and red for hot. Of course, this LED system isn’t useful if there is no clear siding on the desktop PC.

The new iCX cooling system also includes fin holes that direct airflow through the cooling fins. These fins are half-open and L-shaped to maximize the airflow and increase the surface contact, promising better cooling that the standard graphics card cooling solution. Other iCX ingredients include a die cast form-fitted baseplate and backplate, an interlaced pin fin on the backplate, double ball bearing fans, and an added fuse provided by EVGA.

“With PC gaming growing, it is important to provide ‘Peace of Mind Gaming’ to the user. With EVGA’s new iCX technology, users can have a better understanding of their cards operation,” the company said. “EVGA’s iCX is the very definition of Interactive Cooling.”

Eventually EVGA’s iCX cooling system will interact with the company’s other cooling solutions. For now, customers can purchase 10 graphics cards based on the new iCX cooling system:

# of
Cores
Base
Speed
Boost
Speed
Texture
Fill
Rate
Price
GTX 1060 3GB
SSC2 Gaming iCX
1,152 1,607MHz 1,835MHz 115.7GT/s TBD
GTX 1060 3GB
FTW2+ Gaming iCX
1,152 1,632MHz 1,860MHz 117.5GT/s TBD
GTX 1060 6GB
SSC2 Gaming iCX
1,280 1,607MHz 1,835MHz 128.5GT/s TBD
GTX 1060 6GB
FTW2+ Gaming iCX
1,280 1,632MHz 1,860MHz 130.6GT/s TBD
GTX 1070 Gaming iCX 1,920 1,506MHz 1,683MHz 180.7GT/s $440
GTX 1070 SC2 Gaming iCX 1,920 1,594MHz 1,784MHz 191.2GT/s $450
GTX 1070 FTW2 Gaming iCX 1,920 1,607MHz 1,797MHz 192.8GT/s $470
GTX 1080 Gaming iCX 2,560 1,607MHz 1,733MHz 257.1GT/s $640
GTX 1080 SC2 Gaming iCX 2,560 1,708MHz 1,847MHz 273.2GT/s $650
GTX 1080 FTW2 Gaming iCX 2,560 1,721MHz 1,860MHz 275.3GT/s $680