Colorful’s GTX 1080 Ti ‘Kudan’ Limited Edition GPU: 50 Units Made in 2017by Anton Shilov on June 15, 2018 2:00 PM EST
If you are on the market for a collectible, do not bother with Intel’s Core i7-8086K, try to find Colorful’s iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan if you can.
Just days ago, Intel released its limited edition Core i7-8086K processor to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the x86 ISA. 50,000 of such CPUs will be produced with many going to Intel’s partners, sweepstake winners, and various VIPs, which will make the chip a collectable item a decade from now. Meanwhile, there are up-to-date products that are collectables even today. Meet Colorful’s iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan. Only 50 of these were produced last year and while theoretically they remain in production, do not expect them to become a mass product.
The Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan is not a new graphics card. It was introduced sometime in Q4 2017 and hit the market in December, an event we covered back then. The graphics card has a special “Turbo” BIOS mode and sets GPU frequencies to 1657 MHz/1784 MHz (base/boost), which is among the highest factory-overclock settings for NVIDIA’s GP102 in the industry. In fact, at nearly 1.8 GHz, the GPU on the GTX 1080 Ti Kudan card produces more TFLOPS than the GPU on NVIDIA’s Titan Xp. Higher compute performance does not mean that Colorful’s card is faster than the Titan Xp in all cases though, but this definitely sets the Kudan apart from other custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti boards. Naturally, Colorful’s cards has a powerful VRM with iGame Pure-Power Inductance feature and silver-plated elements to reduce electric resistance. Obviously, it has a very sophisticated hybrid cooling system as well to guarantee stable operation. The graphics card was available in select stores in Japan for ¥158,890 (or $1399) late last year.
As reported, Kudan is the ninth-degree black belt in Japanese martial arts, the second highest rank after Judan (tenth-degree dan, the absolute top in modern martial arts). Kudan represents a rare top-grade master in martial arts that stands well above 99% of black belt holders. Only fifteen people in the worlds were ever promoted to Judan in Japan and there are only three living 10th dan holders, so even at 50 units made, the Kudan is not as rare as Judan. Nonetheless, Colorful’s card is more exotic than almost any graphics card that has ever reached the market.
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Gunbuster - Friday, June 15, 2018 - linkPerformance over founders edition +13%, Price +100%, Ugliness increased +1000%
Lord of the Bored - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - linkSeriously, the thing is hideous. It doesn't even have RGB!
Ket_MANIAC - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - linkEither you are being sarcastic or you have poor taste. That card looks so beautiful and would be great in a hardline watercooled build.
Peter2k - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - linkThen why not go with the Poseidon.
Its black neutral, RGB can be switched off, isn't limited and cheaper.
Diji1 - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - linkOh right, I forgot you were the arbiter of good taste.
ianmills - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - linkThe design has a dollar store clone toy look
Samus - Sunday, June 17, 2018 - linkI really don’t know why more vendors don’t just rip off the style of the “titan” vapor chamber coolers...they are beautiful and functional and it wouldn’t be hard to just make that style of a aerial cooler instead of a blower...
Hxx - Sunday, June 17, 2018 - linkthere's no way anybody would consider this for a custom loop. why would u want fans on a full cover block (that is if it is indeed a full cover but for 1.4K I sure hope it is). Thankfully you can get a $120 cover block and a $700 reference card for much less than this.
SIG-512 - Sunday, June 17, 2018 - linkOr better yet (esp if you have a white build) get a water block and a Galax/KFA2 gtx 1080ti HOF ( if you can find one) and enjoy the outstanding (actually overkill) VRMs on the card
Spunjji - Monday, June 18, 2018 - linkSeriously, Ket_MANIAC? The design's objectively a mess. Too many spurious elements and weird touches like the sawtooth pattern on the actual fan blades. Not only does it look crowded, it's a functional impediment.