Gigabyte intends to launch two cards, namely AORUS WaterForce Xtreme and AORUS WaterForce Xtreme WB, both utilizing liquid cooling. The latter variant, known as WB (waterblock), includes a preinstalled waterblock that necessitates an already established liquid loop in the system. This option suits individuals who prefer to upgrade their GPU without the potential warranty issues that arise from self-installing a waterblock.
If you prefer not to incorporate custom liquid loops in your system, you have the option to select the non-WB version of the card, which includes a comprehensive All-in-One cooling solution. While this is not the initial AORUS WaterForce card in the RTX 40 series, as Gigabyte has previously released models for the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080, what stands out is that each card possesses a distinct design. The RTX 4070 Ti follows suit, showcasing a new AD104-based card with a smaller radiator. Instead of the previous 360mm size, it now features a 240mm radiator.
Upon further examination, it becomes apparent that the cooler for the RTX 4070 Ti has been borrowed from the RTX 30 series. The shroud bears a striking resemblance to the RTX 3080 series, but there are noticeable alterations to the PCB, such as the inclusion of a 16-pin power connector. Additionally, the RTX 4070 Ti AORUS is equipped with standard display connectors, in contrast to the previous-generation models that provided enhanced display connectivity with extra HDMI/DisplayPort ports specifically for VR headsets.
Gigabyte has not yet provided any official information regarding the pricing, specifications, or release date of its AORUS WaterForce RTX 4070 Ti cards.