Barely a week into its initial unveiling, rumours are already floating around about a potential “inconvenience” on the Nvidia GTX 1060 Founders Edition graphics card. According to several sources, a reference-designed GTX 1060 graphics card may not be compatible with third party GPU water blocks. The root of this particular issue comes from the abnormal positioning of the PCIe power connector on the GTX 1060, which requires a PCIe extension cable.
According to folks over at Overclock3D, using common GPU water blocks that surround the entire PCB of the GTX 1060 graphics card would mean that the power source – the PCIe extension cable – would have to be removed or put elsewhere (the latter may only happen should Nvidia decide to redesign the PCIe power connector placement). Remove the PCIe extension cable and one would be left with a graphics card that is unable to function properly – or at all for that matter.
Most would think “who in their right mind would consider purchasing an expensive water block for a budget-oriented graphics card?”. A justifiable answer (or not) to that would be personal preference; which excludes one’s economical sanity, of course.
Fear not fellow water cooling fanatics, sources are saying that this inconvenience should only be present on the Founders Edition GTX 1060 graphics card, which means aftermarket variants that are compatible with GPU water blocks could still be released – but we wouldn’t hold our breaths waiting for that one. As usual, take this one with a grain of salt, until Nvidia officially address this so-called problem.