Swiftech KOMODO NV-LE GTX 1080 TI GPU Block Review: Page 4 of 7
Posted by Paul Malfy on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 8:00am
A Closer Look
The coolant flow path includes all major components. This includes GPU, memory, power mosfets as well as all other power components specified in NVidia's "Thermal Solutions Design Guide".
The KOMODO full cover water block is beautiful. The top of the water block is covered by a black anodized aluminum plate, with a cutout in the center. This allows you to see the flow of the coolant through the card. The SWIFTECH logo is printed on the bottom right hand corner of the top plate. The block also came with a matching back plate. The back plate is also all black. However, it has a cutout behind the GPU die for ventilation. The back plate also has the SWIFTECH logo on the top right corner.
Here is a close up of the cutout on the center of the top plate.
The opposite side of the of the block comes with the thermal pads preinstalled for the memory and power delivery. The cold plate is a full cover plate, covering the GPU, memory and power delivery. Unlike the nickel plating used by many other companies, the KOMDO uses a chrome plating on the copper cold plate. The chrome looks great and has a reflection to it that nickel doesn’t. Along the side of the clear, plastic block, there is a small RGB strip. This RGB strip is compatible with all Swiftech’s X2 series CPU coolers. This feature allows you to sync the lighting on your KOMDO water block to the lighting of you Swiftech X2 series cooler.
There is a new PWM signal extension cable included with this waterblock. When connected, it allows the cards PWM signal to control the speed of other PWM compatible devices in the liquid cooling loop, such as fans and pumps. In a card only loop, this can help to regulate noise and cooling.
The terminal comes with 4 holes with G 1/4 threads. The block also comes with 2 caps for the G ¼ holes that won’t be used.
The cold plate is made up of chrome plated copper and covers all major components on the PCB.
The terminal removed from the block.
The terminal is held on by 3 hex screws and kept water tight by these 2 O-rings.
The terminal on the block has G ¼ threads.
The KOMODO full cover block comes with thermal pads for the memory and power delivery pre-installed.
These standoffs are used to mount the card to the block.
The block acrylic block with the top plate removed.
Here you can see where the RGB LED strip sits inside the block.
The wires on the RGB LED strip are fed through here.
The LED strip that comes installed comes with an extension to connect to the fan hub.
Here is the LED strip that comes installed in the block.
Here is the Founder’s Edition 1080 Ti with the cooler removed.
Here is the KOMODO full cover water block installed on the reference 1080 Ti. I used the included Swiftech TIM-MATE thermal paste.
Here is how the caps and fitting are configured on my water block.