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The Koolance VID-NX1080 comes in an acetal and acrylic top option, and fits the reference NVIDIA GTX 1070 and 1080 PCB. The acetal top version costs $99.95 from the Koolance web shop as of the date of this article, with the acrylic top version coming in at $10 more. The backplate costs $34.99 from the same place. The water block by itself, and the combination with the back plate, is well among the least expensive of the lot, and you can even get away with the stock cooler back plate if it fits so try that first. As it is, the combination gets some points for relative pricing being in its favor.

Build quality and packaging is excellent here. The thermal pads are where Koolance took an easy route out, which is fine by itself, but it comes up short when you consider everyone else does pre-cut/marked VRAM pads at the very minimum. The block not being a full length, in that it does not cover the entire PCB from the front, will also be a factor to a good fraction of the customer base if the changes done by nearly everyone else to accommodate their vocal desires are anything to go by. The use of the serial flow design also ends up being a deterrent to flow restriction and thermal performance, although not nearly as much. A reminder also about their warranty policy wherein they require you to use their coolant only, if you are to retain product warranty- something that has by itself prevented some sales that I know of. That said, I do appreciate the inclusiveness to cover so many PCB components, and the backplate is more than just a piece of candy here even with the 1 and 2 mm thick thermal pads on the back. The nickel-plated copper and the additional acrylic top option are all Koolance going with something different to appeal to the general consumer and from a performance/price point of view they have succeeded here.

As it is, the VID-NX1080 from Koolance is my current top pick for those on a budget- especially with the XSPC Blade being made EOL. It gets a high score and a recommendation accordingly.

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