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MSI RX1950XTX-VT2D512E Water Cooled Edition review

MSI RX1950XTX-VT2D512E Water Cooled Edition (Radeon X1950 XTX)

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Liquid Cooled Radeon X1950 XTX

Liquid Cooled Radeon X1950 XTX

Most enthusiasts would not bat an eyelid at the various non-reference coolers that have appeared on graphics cards. Third party companies are often roped in to provide a specialized cooling solution, particularly if these firms have staked out a reputation among enthusiasts. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved, from the graphics card vendor to the consumer. But how about liquid cooling?

Despite the increasing range of liquid cooling kits available off the shelf, there have been very few graphics cards sold with a liquid cooling kit by default. Among the few, the more prominent solutions were from Sapphire who had an interesting liquid cooled Radeon X1900 XT called the Toxic and also its Blizzard liquid metal cooling solution, which didn't seem to take off. You can now add MSI to this short list of vendors who have ventured into this method of cooling their graphics products. Predictably, the new high-end flagship from ATI is the recipient.

The MSI RX1950XTX-VT2D256E comes with liquid cooling provided by Thermaltake. This is similar to an off the shelf liquid cooling kit offered by the firm so enthusiasts who already have the card can chose to purchase and install the kit themselves. However, if that sounds too daunting or troublesome, MSI has done everything for you. Besides the unique cooling system, the card itself looks like an ordinary Radeon X1950 XTX (still the fastest single GPU now).