Water cooling is nice. Not only is it quite, but it cools a whole lot better than conventional heatsink/fan cooling. It's especially sweet if that water cooling helps you to overclock, let's say a video card. Fair enough, using H2O to chill your GPU. But if you can't overclock, it's a questionable endeavour. That's my quandary behind the yet to be released 8800 GTX video card from BFG.
BFG slammed a Danger Den water cooler onto their Nvidia based 8800 GTX in the hopes of attracting the most discriminating (and most demanding) of hardware enthusiasts. The only draw back to the kick ass water cooled card is the lacking of a radiator or pump. You have to supply your own.
As you can see, though the 8800 in question is a singe slot design card, the added girth of the water block turns it into a double slot design. For the end user, they will have a choice of three different ID (Inside Diameter) tube fittings. Pick from 1/4", 3/8" and the fat 1/2". That should fit just about any water cooling system on the market today.
With a street price of roughly $799 USD, it may actually be worth it. The 24/7/365 tech support from BFG and Danger Den certainly is.
But that brings me to the overriding overclockers question; I had heard that Nvidia wasn't going to allow overclocking on their 8000 series of GPUs? Well, technically speaking, you can overclock the 8000 chips, but Nvidia doesn't endorse it. Personally, I love overclocking video cards (motherboards and processors too) and would like to see if some aggressive water cooling could raise the G80 GPU/Memory far above its stock 575/1800 speeds.
Oh, and just in case you're not farmiliar with the new G80 Gpu from Nvidia, you can read our recent review of the BFG 8800 GTS. It's quite interesting.