NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Breakdown

We are preparing to water cool our 1080 Ti with both Phanteks G1080 and XSPC Razer Neo waterblocks and we wanted to share with you the process of disassembling the video card so it can accept the waterblock. This process is very much the same for all current editions of the 10XX Founders Edition series GPUs.


We have been getting some new GPU waterblocks in for testing from Phanteks and XSPC. You can see the unboxing videos for the Phanteks G1080 GPU Full Cover Water Block, and the XSPC Razor RGB GTX 1080 / 1080TI GPU Waterblock below.

We will be doing full reviews of both of these GPU waterblocks with testing starting this week. But first we need to take the GTX 1080 Ti apart to attach our new GPU waterblocks.

GTX 1080 Ti Breakdown

Taking the Founders Edition cooling solution off of the video card itself, is really not that big of a deal, but you need a screwdriver and an H4 sized hex nut driver.

I would however suggest that you make sure and have the right size screwdriver for the job so you do not strip any screw heads out. Most of the screws on our GTX 1080 Ti card were seated with blue thread-lock so some of these you do have to torque on fairly hard, and some of the screws are tiny. But as with most projects, having the right tool is actually a big deal.

Also, I would highly suggest having a container handy for all the screws and bolts that you are about to remove. Some of these are tiny and VERY easy to lose. And it is very likely that one day you might want to sell your card with the original cooler on it.

With all that said, take a few minutes and learn how to break down your Founders Edition video card properly.

And that is all there is to it! When you are first separating the PCB away from the cooler, take you time and do not force it. Moving it away from it a little at a time is key. You will feel it when it gives, but make sure you do not just try to rip it fully off, because remember you have to electrical connections in there that you are going to need to unplug before fully removing the cooler.


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