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October 13, 2023

EVGA Takes ACX 3.0 Cooling to the Next Level With the GTX 1080 FTW2 iCX

In the wake of the VRM overheating issues that popped up in 2016, EVGA decided to take a proactive approach by introducing ACX 3.0 cooling for its Pascal-based graphics cards. This solution not only improved main GPU temperatures, but it also addressed other components on the PCB and the heatsinks. Now, EVGA is taking things to the next level with iCX technology.

The company unveiled the GTX 1080 FTW2 iCX on Friday, with iCX-equipped models to hit shelves soon. The cards will be distinguished from the regular lineup by a "2" in their name and iCX branding on the front. EVGA is also introducing a $99 ACX-to-iCX upgrade program for existing 10-Series card owners.

iCX features a redesigned PCB with 9 additional sensors and multiple MCUs embedded. It's a combination of hardware and software that EVGA says will provide granular temperature information across the entire GPU, PWMs, memory, and power delivery system. The information will be displayed on the OSD and Precision XOC utilities, and the PCB includes a fused protection circuit that'll prevent damage in the event of a power surge.

JayzTwoCents took a close look at an iCX-equipped EVGA GTX 1080 FTW 2 and found that the main GPU dropped a few degrees with the new solution, but other components saw even bigger reductions. That's an impressive feat, and it shows that iCX is more than just a cooler. EVGA's extra sensors, swanky RGB indicators, and redesigned hardware come at a premium, however, with Freeman saying that the iCX-equipped cards will carry $30 more than their ACX-packing counterparts.