EVGA is ready to move past 2016. After a tumultuous year in which the company’s popular GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060 graphics cards reportedly started catching fire, EVGA is now introducing a new type of cooling technology that relies on the power of sensors, baby. Ten sensors, to be exact. The iCX cooling system, which is debuting in its GTX 10-series, is designed to bring “peace of mind gaming” to the user. Gamers will know if their graphics card is near overheating, which yeah, I would say is calming information to have.
To ease their minds, EVGA embedded nine extra thermal sensors onto the PCB (printed circuit board) that’ll pick up on extra heat and direct the asynchronous fans to cool things down. The GPU fan is determined by the GPU temperature, and the power / memory fan is determined by, you guessed it, the power / memory temperature. All modern GPUs have at least one temperature sensor, but EVGA is well exceeding that norm.
To even further ease the mind of gamers, EVGA is including “interactive cooling,” meaning users can visualize their cooling system through customized colored LED indicators. They can set a specific color to a certain temperature threshold to watch their sensors work in real time. Check out the embedded video above to get a sense of how that looks.
The card design is slightly different, too. Really, EVGA is giving its cards as much room as possible to expel heat. The new cards will cost around $30 more than their older, ACX-cooled version. GTX 10-series owners can also trade in their ACX version for an iCX one for $99.