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    PowerColor X800 GT Xtreme 256MB and X800 GT EVO Tide Water 256MB

    We've looked at a couple of PowerColor X800 GT cards and have come away with the feeling that whilst both offer something new in the marketplace, the respective asking prices takes away much of their shine. Novel, exciting products? Yes. Value-for-money? Not quite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    Designed by Thermaltake, dubbed Tide Water, it's the first liquid-cooling system we've seen thus far that's architected solely for graphics card cooling.
    You've completely overlooked the Gainward Cool FX range of cards which has been around for years, ever since the 5900 ultra model. There is currently a 6800 ultra version I believe.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, lost eden, but Cool FX, while indeed a watercooling solution, requires that you put the rest of the kit together, whereas the Tide Water system is a complete cooling system, but designed solely for the graphics card.
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    Well that depends entirely upon your use of the word 'architected'. If you mean that the tide is the first system built from scratch for a graphics card then yes it is the first (whereas the cool fx uses 'standard' PC water cooling components). If you mean that it is the first graphics card to come with a commercial water cooler stock then no, its not the first.

    However I do remember reading in a magazine of a board that came with the water cooling components (pump, resovoir, radiator, etc.) all contained within a single 5.25" enclosure, requiring no more assembly than the tide, though I don't know whether that was ever released to the public or whether it was just a trade/review sample. It was geforce FX era I believe.

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