Announced back at CES 2021, MSI has finally released the water-cooled RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X. Featuring a two-part cooling system, the RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X was designed to operate silently even at full load.
The cooling system consists of a 240mm aluminium radiator cooled by 2x 120mm fans and a blower-style cooler on top of the PCB. There's also a low-profile pump designed by Asetek to spread coolant through the system. This pump is integrated into the cold plate, resulting in fewer connectors and increased reliability. Below the pump, there's a micro-fin copper base covering the GPU and VRAM, which should help to further reduce temperatures. The last component of the cooling system is the metal backplate, which protects the PCB, helps with passive cooling, and gives a clean look to the card.
Thanks to Zero Frozr technology, the RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X's fans do not spin unless strictly necessary. At low loads, the fans do not spin to reduce noise, but once the load increases, the fans start to spin to keep temperatures in check.
The MSI RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X comes factory-overclocked at 1785MHz, a 75MHz boost over reference values. The 10GB of GDDR6X is set at stock settings. The card is powered by 2x 8-in power connectors and features 3x DisplayPorts 1.4 and an HDMI 2.1 port.
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KitGuru says: Have you ever owned an AIO water-cooled graphics card? What do you think about its cooling performance? Would you think about getting an MSI RTX 3080 Sea Hawk X for your gaming system?